Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Editorial: "Outsider Music" Complete in Austin in 2019 Part 2 "Becoming Complete"

I can recall in 2007, at the dawn of my obsession with Complete, I started getting wind that they were actually playing shows again. At this point of my life I had been involved with numerous bands of my own. I was in the midst of touring with my old Polish Death Metal band, Against the Plagues ( shameless self promotion- I know) and was still jamming with a couple of Austin locals. So, when I got wind of this news ( via forums/ chat rooms and other places that rumors are birthed) I thought to myself, what if....just what if I booked the band, Complete at the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, TX. I recall being chastised by former bandmates for even considering it. One person, in particular, said it was stupid and even inferred that it would make the band look bad. It was that sentiment that pushed me further as my inner contrarian revolted. One thing I realized about myself, is that when someone places barriers in front of me or tells me "no" I am determined to consume their oppositions. My other option is to cower and be agreeable. But, I say thee nay! There is no option. It is this sensibility that I share with Complete. As I found, Complete were very much aware of their critics and detractors. And who are these people? Who are they to unjustly critique and lampoon others, when they, themselves lacked the fortitude or tenacity to appear before a crowd and perform knowingly lacking skills and despite being untrained musicians, presenting their spirits to the world. I found that many of them are insecure, idealistic delusionists with no fervor to create nor develop  artisti content of original thought or relevancy. Among their ranks lie soulless hipsters that are doomed to an existence of mediocrity.

     The primal yearning for one to express and present it's existence to the world is an unmistakable element in Outsider art; however, it is often overlooked by those that claim to live in the realms of normalcy. Complete created a world that they believed in, and it touched people in ways they were not prone to understanding ; nor were they ready.  I often describe Complete's song " Beautiful Sunrises" as something that one has never experience, seen or heard. Which  I have often found to be true. People immediately try to parallel this with other things that they are familiar with, but eventually admit that there is no other thing like that. Such can be argued for artists in the same realm as Complete. None like them ever came before. A blues band will sound like a blues band. A rock band will sound like a rock band. Rap will sound like rap. Complete sounds like Complete.

      So the mid to late 2000s my friendship with the band grew. I was able to help them get onto their first SXSW gig in 2009. I helped create merchandise. I even would credit them as a motivator for keeping Terranodon Media open minded and push it towards the strange, bizarre, and unexplored realms of music and art. I do recall a rough time occurring shortly after this. There was even a tale spoken to me in which Complete had missed a show because they had not only gone to the  wrong venue, but they went to the wrong city......and the wrong state. ONLY Complete,. I tell ya! 

     Since that time, I have maintain some involvement  with "The Complete Nation" as Curt likes to call it. And although Curt and I can  go for years without talking, we still keep some sort of communication online. Since 2007, Complete has released a few albums, played a number of SXSW showcases, and suffered hardships like the rest of us. I am looking forward to seeing them again in their newest incarnation. They are an ever-changing entity that still maintains their essence. Everything that I have spoken of  thus far, is just a small, minute aspect of the Complete Adventure. I, of course, have stories to tell, I even have footage of interviews, shows and experiences that will eventually come to light. I suppose I am just getting myself excited for Complete. I sincerely feel that I have been part of something quite unique to the world.  I hope my enthusiasm does not falter as I tend to be very "lazy" with my endeavors. But if there is, in fact, a demand, I will have no choice but to share and expand my adventures with "The Best Worst Band Ever", Complete!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Terranodon Media Show Review: Serpentian 1/12/19


Well the Pterodactyl Man along with  Terranodon Founder : Orlando Logan Olivero were able to head into Austin, Texas  to finally see some of his friends create endless streams of audible havoc and hatred. Here is what Orlando Logan Olivero has to say about it.

"On Saturday, 1/12/19 at the Lost Well, in Austin, TX  I was able to witness  ( and for the first time), an act that goes by the name of  'Serpentian'.  Although, I am friends with these fine blokes, I was never able to see them until now. Unsurprisingly, I blown away.  I wouldn't expect anything less from Sean, Steve, Kevin and the great Jon Zig. I can describe the music as an even mix of black metal and 90s death metal, but that would be too easy. Some sections of songs will go heavy with one for a moment but revert to the polar opposite on the next.  It delivers, and gives the listener what they want. This is definitely not for the typical, stoner rock ( but call it Doom) scenester. Nor is it for mainstream metal listener either. The roots of extreme underground metal run deep with Serpentian. It's what extreme metal is supposed to be. Loud, evil,  cohesive chaos. I hope to see them with other Texas underground acts that share a similar spirit. Bands like like Dead Now Evil, The Hanged Man's Curse, and perhaps even Vesperian Sorrow (as unlikely as it seems). But this man can dream, right?  Unfortunately, as popular as Austin has become, such opportunities are not always easy to achieve. The focus of the so-called Austin music scene has switched more towards radio-friendly acts and 'safer' music that appeal to teeny boppers cosplaying as "metal girls" so that they can get a good selfie on Instagram and Facebook which would then result in hordes of desperate individuals finding any opportunity to compliment them as they type with filth-ridden fingers. Yeah.. bands, like Serpentian are definitely NOT for these undesirables incompetents. Serpentian took me back to the mid/late 90s and early 2000s where extreme metal was intimidating and challenged the listener. Good job boys! I hope to see you soon! "


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Editorial: "Outsider Music" Complete in Austin in 2019 Part 1 "The Best Worst Band Ever"

        For as far back as I can recall, I've always been drawn to the obscure, the underground, the bizarre, and the unknown. Growing up in the 80s,  in South Texas, you simply weren't exposed to much unless you had your special, hook up people. I made it a point to acquire such friends. You'd trade tapes, VHS mixes, some weird but awesome black and white zine. You would spend a whole weekend at your friends house trying to figure out Zelda 2 the Adventure of Link while listening to some King Diamond and talking about movies like Dead Alive, Evil Dead 2 or Frankenhooker. But not everything had to be morbid or evil for us to acknowledge the fantastical uniqueness of something. There were also comedies and over the top performances that appealed to me. I can most definitely appreciate both Monty Python and Wrestling in the 80s and early 90s. The ideas were absolutely insane and silly. But nothing could prepare me for the internet, where my curious mind took me on profound journeys into  digital labyrinths. Each pathway took me into corridors that led to treasures like Wesley Willis, The Kids of Whitney High, Daniel Johnson, Mark Gormley, the list goes on.
       Now, let's go back to how this fascination was able to be formed in the first place. As a child, I had been introduced to Zappa, which led me to  Tiny Tim, Captain Beefheart, and a lot of psychedelic rock. These were often go hand in hand with my crazed, drawing sessions. Or when I would obsessively paint Ral Partha Miniatures at a late night book store called " Yo Books and Games". At the age of 5, I was shown the  movies " Fire and Ice " and "Wizards". So, a lot of this made absolutely, perfect sense to me. I was just remembering how I used to try to trade or buy Heavy Metal Magazine when I was a kid. These sort of things help us escape a considerably boring reality. I always longed for more.
       So let's get back to the mid 2000s. I was often using questionably legal file sharing programs, making mix cds, jumping on Yahoo chat, trolling a forums. This became a very standard norm.  On one fateful eve , I was shown an act by the name of Complete on Youtube. It was found footage of them performing a piece called " Hot as Hell".  What I saw was a group of middle-aged men; one of which wearing a  Cat in the Hat headpiece. I can recall those were easily available in the mid 90s and became a "thing" for a hot minute.  One of my friends, Juan Guzman, owned a few- one of which was green and white and had a huge pot leaf in the middle.  Those were a few of my immediate thoughts before noticing  the most visually striking element in this video - the front man. Curt Low, dominates the stage with a carefree confidence that most front men could never achieve.  Then you hear his voice - a combination of shrieked wails and scratched, guttural grit peppered with a Texas twang. While the video, itself, seems to suffer from that " copy of a copy of another copy" syndrome, one can get a general sense of the compositions. In fact, I feel that the VHS dub adds to the mystique and charm of experience. One of the more notable, and interesting elements is the fact that the Bass, Guitar, and Drums seem to be playing different things in unison. I often notice how the bassist, Creecher, remains focused on what he is playing rather than adhering or adjusting to what the guitars and drums are doing. It's in an entirely different key.  The drums tease a particular rhythmic direction but keeps looping as if he was constantly getting the song started. The guitars build a solid foundation while incorporating quick licks that he expands on each time they are played. Then the singer, confidently delivers primal screams that echo the souls of our primordial ancestors. This is what completes COMPLETE.   The untrained ear would immediately label this as "bad music" so much that they have been pinned as "The Worst Band Ever" which of course, is one of the most incompetent things one could say about Complete.  I will accept that they can be considered to be "The Best Worst Band". But still, one must consider what really IS bad music. I'd rather be forced ot listen to Complete every day for the rest of my life then to listen to one more minute of Limp Biskit, Nickelback, or Sugar Ray. But that will have to wait for another article.

    So my first experience with Complete naturally came with certain influences. They brought me joy, laughter, confusion, and excitement after watching their videos about 20 times in a row. This pretty much,  is where my obsession began so much that I started getting in contact with  the remaining members of Complete, convinced them to begin doing shows. I booked a few in Austin, TX and even assisted them with their first, SXSW showcase. Ever since then, we have been in contact with each other. I have been following their releases, watched new videos, and attended shows whenever they come through the area. All of this is a long story that I will get into further  in PART 2 . In the  meantime, do yourself a favor and enjoy Complete's Hoogie Boogie Land, Hot As Hell, Beautiful Sunrises, Dreaming, and my favorite, Into the Night.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

UPCOMING EXCITING EVENTS for 2019

For fans of Outsider Rock Legendary Texas Weirdos, Goat and Your Mom along with the BEST WORST BAND EVER, C O M P L E T E  coming all the way from  Hoogie Boogie Land!!! Along with that, Worm Suicide, Ponytrap, Charm and The Steve-n-steve Band

ONLY  Austin , TX

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

THMC Red Shadows Demo

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