I came across Jonathon Bafus, a local Sacramento Drummer, when he and Tera Melos’ Nick Reinhart opened for Melt Banana with a totally improvised free jazz/noise set. His obvious exuberance and interesting kit configuration put him on the radar for our drummer Q&A. Since the he’s been playing around Sacto with Gentleman Surfer. I caught up with him via email and he graciously offered his two cents on the following….
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October 25th, 2012
“Don’t ask me about any other band or whether they’re touring. This is a new band and it’s what we’re concentrating on now.” — Omar Rodriguez Lopez paraphrased
The Troubadour seems to have once again taken on a Cape Canaveral-like character for Omar Rodriguez Lopez. Nearly ten years ago, it served as a celebratory launching site for his other band, the indefinitely moored Mars Volta. This past Thursday, the loyal but confused remnants of that band’s ever-splintering following–I, being one of them–showed up expectant with hope that Omar & crew could repeat history and lead us, by way of planetary-leap, to another celestial musical orb that resides within that distinctly rare–in astronomer’s parlance–Goldilocks Zone, capable of sustaining our devoted fascination. Colonies are forming as we speak.
In the 2.5 years I’ve spent in Northern California the possibility that Winters and it’s surrounding areas housed a particularly ambitious culinary scene did not seem possible. So when the welcoming handshake was extended while walking up the tree lined path from the car to the farmhouse, it was apparent that even if the food was miserable, at least the people would be warm.
If former Starvations lead singer Gabriel Hart were a soap opera character (in his reincarnation as the lead singer of Jail Weddings that wouldn’t be a stretch – just watch their latest videos!) he’d be a cross between Blackie Parrish (General Hospital) and Erica Kane (All My Children) – at once a petulant heartthrob and supreme bitch goddess.
Filled with saccharine 60s pop chords, Jail Weddings’ recently released album, Love is Lawless, is the perfect compliment to the hysterical drama found on daytime soap operas and in Harts’ lyrics. The band itself could be his ensemble cast playing up his vaguely threatening croons – after watching two of the thirteen videos that will be produced for each song on the album, I half-believe the cliff hanger in this soap opera will be the bludgeoning of one or more of his band mates.