BADASS BAND 34
Bands break up. It’s a part of music and of life. This can be a devastating thing for the members and is always a bummer to fans who fell in love with their music and hold specific attachments to the musicians that made up the band who played that music. However, sometimes from the ashes of one band, a new band rises, just as good as the last, just a little different. That is true for Badass Band 34, Pink Fuzzy Animals.
I am not here to get into the logistics and rumor surrounding how this band came to be, because you know what? All that really matters is that they are a band, they make absolutely excellent music and they love doing it. I went into this interview to find out about a new band, Pink Fuzzy Animals. PFA is made up of Ben Graupner, Ben Johnson, Mat Black and Rob Coonrod. As I have discussed previously regarding Ben Johnson and Ben Graupner, their talent is absolutely mind blowing. The obscure metaphors and poetic language that make up all of their tunes, make it apparent that these guys are true lyricists and storytellers. Each song paints a distinct picture to go along with its distinct sound. Their sound is just so expertly crafted you have to appreciate it. These guys reach into the depths of your soul, and take you on quite a musical journey.
Last night was my first experience seeing PFA play and my first experience watching Mat Black and Rob Coonrod play at all. I was impressed to say the least. They are also highly talented, had fun (this is KEY all you musicians out there) and interacted well with the audience. The energy and love for their music that this band radiates spreads into the crowd and makes their live show a damn good time.
I could go on and on here, but instead, the guys from PFA were kind enough to take a few minutes to do a video interview with BBB before their show at Dragonfly last night. Dig on how they met, what they are going to be cranking out this year, and who grew up loving the Spice Girls. So watch, listen, and prepare to love Pink Fuzzy Animals.
Sitting in my parents house I feel like I did 10 years ago. I feel like I did that day because I’m in the same house I was when it happened. I haven’t lived home in 9 years so it feels surreal to experience the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 here again. 10 yrs ago I was a senior in highschool. I was in my AP Euro history class discussing the renaissance when the teacher across the computer lab rushed over to say a plane had hit TWC. We went over to his classroom because our tv didn’t work. We watched huddled in a group as the second plane hit. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This was happening, when the first tower fell my heart sank. How was I supposed to get back to class. This was tragic. I was only 17 and feared for the future. We were allowed to go home for the day. My best friend drove us home in shock and we went home to our families. My parents were in shock and panic. They weren’t allowing my sister to go to school because she was at a big university and they worried for her safety. We stayed home and watched news coverage. That days events will always be with me. The sites and people and even the mood of the day live in my heart forever. I will never forget the lives lost, the heroism of the firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and civilians who gave thier lives to save others. Our country was forever changed and so was I. I grew up a lot that day and I learned to cherish my life and those of the ones I love. Never forget I know I won’t. Never