Support The Scene?!?!

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So lately I have been noticing more & more comments being made about supporting the local music scene. Whether it be heard or seeing some post about it on social Media.
A lot of these are made with good intentions, so that’s the plus side of it. The negative side is what I wanna talk about. I read a lot of negative stuff about how no one is supporting the local scene. Define this for me. What is considered support? Is it just attending shows? Buying merch? Promoting? I am a father. I work a full-time job. Most of the time my weekends are full with my kids or my job or sometimes both. Do I get out and see as many local shows as I’d like? HELL NO! I wish I could see a lot more than I do. But the fact of the matter is, my family and responsibilities are and will always be first. I know that there are other people in this same boat too. We make as many shows as we can, when we can.  Now this is in no way personal to me. I haven’t been called out for “not supporting” or anything like that. But even if I were, that would be fine. I do every thing I can and I know a lot of others do as well. So what’s the definition of supporting the scene I ask again? We promote by posting and re-posting on Facebook and Twitter(even if we can’t attend). Isn’t that supporting? We buy shirts and CD’s. That’s supporting right? Do I personally wanna see a band I like EVERY weekend? Nope. I may even love the band, but I don’t wanna get burned out on the same ol’ thing. Also I wanna see that band break out and hit the road, because that’s exciting. I’m pulling for that band to tear other cities a new one! Some people get pissed or threatened when a touring band rolls through and we hear the whole thing all over again. “SUPPORT LOCAL BANDS”!! What should we do? Lock up our cities and don’t allow touring bands in? Well what if you wanted to get in a van and play some other Cities? You’re not a local band there, should you be welcome there? Or will you even play anywhere else? I really don’t understand why there has to be so much negativity surrounding such a wonderful gift of music. It truly baffles me. Venue owners get called out just as often as the fans if not more. What I see here and other cities as well shows me that the venue owners do a pretty damn good job on booking talented bands local and tour.  One tour band on a bill vs. 3-4 local bands. Looks pretty good to me. For the most part I think about 90-95% of bands are not the problem, it’s the other 5-10% that bring out the negativity on this subject. Look, every band is a “Local” band somewhere. Another thing that bothers me about this, is the lack of kinship that Should exist in the music community. Bands supporting other bands, not bashing them, or trying to sabotage them. This weekend I was extremely happy to see the unity between 4 bands Friday and 4 separate bands Saturday. Each band there in support of all the bands on the bill. It was a great thing to see. I see this type of thing more than not. So one more time… What else can we do to support? Some of us can do a lot more than others, but I know we ALL do every damn thing that we can. Some can attend all shows, some only a few. Some can’t buy much merch, some own it all. It’s not so much about Supporting LOCAL MUSIC. How about just SUPPORT MUSIC….. Like I said Every band is a local band somewhere. Erase the lines and borders. Whether you know it or not we are all in this together. Especially in the Rock Scene. Remember, we are the outcasts of music. The misfits. The degenerates. Us against them right? Maybe you’re not happy about pay or the crowd that you’re pulling. Look inward for once, maybe you’re not as good as you think you are. Maybe you have become complacent and stale. Shake things up a bit and get outta that box you’ve stuck yourself in.  I hear all the time ” I’m so lucky, I get to play music because I love too” then turn around and hear the complaining….. Are you really playing for the love of it or to be a Rockstar? I know this little rant won’t change a thing, but I hope it makes sense to somebody. Maybe someday we will ALL support one another and things can really just be about the music. Until then I am gonna keep supporting Rock here in New Mexico,  and over in Texas.  Out in Cali, and down under in Australia. I will keep supporting and promoting all over the damn world. Why would I limit myself to just one city? Why would you? Keep Rockin Motherfuckers.
 
 
Cheers, 
Charlie M.F. Owens
BleachBANGS
The Hellion Rocks
Rock U-Night

LONDON’S DUNGEON, A TRUE STORY

London’s Dungeon, a true story.

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I first heard the name at Rocklahoma 2011. I met London and Angee the year before at ROK and we hit it off like ya do at a crazy Rock festival (dig them two). Whilst standing in some random line in 2011 the 3 of us were chatting about what else, music and bands. London very subtlety mentions to me that he has something brewing. My interest was piqued and told him to let me know when it came to fruition. And we all went on and rocked our asses off the rest of the weekend. Fast forward to Rocklahoma 2012. The “idea” that London had mentioned to me last year, had taken form and was here to play at this Festival. Where else to start this thing off right? And at Camp Jager to boot. Now I must admit, and I will be totally honest here, I wasn’t exactly sold when I first SAW them. My initial thought was I’m looking at 4 guys who don’t look like they are in a band together and one of them is wearing a chicken suit!!?? Looked like they were having fun, just wasn’t sure about the music yet. (Mind you, this was my first thought). BUT I HADN’T SEEN THEM PLAY YET. So many beers and shots later I wandered back over to Camp Jager and caught maybe half of the last song from them before I realized it was them. I knew I had just missed something really cool. Fast forward a bit later in 2012 and I start to see more and more about them playing here, playing there, playing at a grocery store. YEAH! Who does that?!?! London’s Dungeon does! As I watched from afar for the remainder of 2012 I saw something really cool happen. This band started picking up steam like crazy. All the while getting familiar with their tunes. I saw a band that was working their asses off for everything. REALLY working! What came next was really cool as well. I watched them pick up shows from East Texas all the way to Los Angeles in a few short weeks on their way to NAMM. Along the way They made a stop here(Albuquerque) to play a gig at Hooligans and I FINALLY got to see an entire show! I can truthfully say I was more than pleased. The energy. The confidence. The musicianship. THE FUN. I love a band that really brings the audience into the show. They really know how to that! They will come out to you, and you will get up on stage with them, and you will sing along with the band and a few of you might even get some impromptu bass lessons. This band knows how to light up a crowd and get everybody moving. On to NAMM. Good thing I was headed out there myself, cuz I needed to deliver some cymbals that we all forgot were still in my car by the time they were long gone. I know they picked up several shows while out there. Funny thing…. My first time to L.A. a city full of millions… and I keep running into LD. That shit means something to me. We are supposed to be in each others lives. They play California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas on the way back home. Pretty successful little tour if ya ask me. Let’s fast forward one more time… March 2013 rolls around and here they come again. This time they bring a crew of bands with em. Crashdiet, Crucified Barbara, and Snakeskyn Whiskey. Two nights of party and great music. 
 
On to the future….
In a short amount of time London’s Dungeon has picked up an enormous amount of traction and attention. They have played with The likes of Faster Pussycat, Crashdiet, Crucified Barbara, Snakeskyn Whiskey, Saliva, just to name a few. They are playing festivals this year and I know will be playing alongside some killer bands. (I know something you don’t know,tee hee).
London’s Dungeon is Troy Knight, Roy Pellerin, Pierce VR, and Paul London. I am very glad that I have not only gotten to know them as London’s Dungeon, but as people too.
Great fukkin bunch of guys. Friends.
The Magic maker behind the scenes… The Glampress. Angee Eckhout. For those of you not aware, in my humble opinion, as far as managers go she is the hardest working mutha out there. She won’t take no for an answer and she won’t take your bullshit. Hats off to her as well! Friend.
 
Well there’s more to the story of this band, this is just the part that I can tell. From my view. They tell the rest with their music. 
In closing, I am completely impressed with LD and I highly recommend to you the reader: If you’re a fan, listen to them and buy the merch. If you’re a band, Play with them. If you’re a promoter/Venue,BOOK THEM! 
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This story isn’t over. It just started.
 
 
Cheers!
Charlie M.F. Owens
BleachBANGS
The Hellion Rocks
Rock U-Night