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Introducing Tucson's 'cowgoth' band, the Paris Accord

Plus Wreckless Eric & more

Your friendly neighborhood local music columnist has been at your service for roughly a year now and in even that small amount of time, her world has changed a bit. Well, maybe not her ENTIRE world, but certainly her email and social media inboxes. A year ago or so at this time, she was hustling to get to as many live shows as possible and nervously hitting up friends (and friends of friends) in local musical projects to meet up at bars and cafes around town in the hopes that they would trust her to tell the stories of their bands. Nowadays, she in fact still pretty much does this, but it's easier to find willing victims, er, subjects, and often enough the bands come to her. Also, she gets some pretty amusing emails from booking agents and record labels, but that is a story for another day.

This week, ye old inbox yielded notice of several great upcoming shows, and a small music festivals happening this weekend, not to mention an upcoming performance by a notable veteran of one of England's most storied punk/new wave labels.

It also included a message from a friend and former bandmate of your humble scribe about a new project making its debut this week. Ladies and gentlefolk, allow me to introduce Tucson's newest (and possibly only?) "Cowgoth" band. Behold: the Paris Accord.

TucsonSentinel.com: "Why hello there, Drummer! So...who exactly is the Paris Accord?

James Few (songwriter, drummer): "Hey there, Singer! Remember that group we were in ie couple of years ago, Sonoran Sound Society?"

TS: Well, obviously, yes. That was a pretty fun band, while it lasted.

JF: "A while ago I caught up with our old bass player, who's now going by the name Jackson Ovation, and started working on his solo acoustic project, a band called the Appetite. At some point during rehearsals, Jackson discussed another project he'd been building in his mind, something dark, aggressive, powerful and feminine."

TS: Sounds intriguing enough. What do your bandmates have to say on the subject?

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Jackson Ovation (bassist, vocalist, songwriter) : "I could hear it in my head, this sound that was similar to Tool in a way that's heavy and intricate, but coming from a female perspective. James really loved the idea and we started working in earnest on it. We started trying to fill out the lineup, looking for other players and the female vocalist we had in mind. I was on guitar at first with James on drums, and after a couple of months of letdown after letdown, we concluded that it's easy to find guitarists that are as good or better than me, but not a single bass player matched the sound I heard in my head. So, I switched to bass and started writing from that angle."

TS: Well, I, for one, can always get behind the idea of a bass playing songwriter. Oingo Boingo? The Police? Sir Paul himself? A fine tradition. But go on.

JO: "We found Brother Bear on Craigslist and it was love at first note. He listened to our first song just a couple times and then got up, played, and blew our minds.

TS: Cool. It's always great when a musical "blind date" works out like that. I assume that "Brother Bear" is also a pseudonym?

JF: "No! His name is really Brother Bear! You can't prove it isn't!"

TS: C'mon, Drummer, seriously.

JF: "Ok. Maybe it's a pseudonym. Maybe that's his real name. Hard to say. Anyway, Brother Bear has a long history of playing in prominent Tucson bands and touring. He's a professional through and through."

TS: Well, that's rather fortuitous. Good for you! Then what?

JF: "Brother Bear found Joey next. Joey had many years in the music world as well. She's been classically vocally trained for over 10 years by Tucson's own Girls Chorus, as well as being in many previous bands with ranging styles from punk rock to bluegrass. She always swayed between a deep-rooted Americana indie sound, and straight-up dirty, heavy, rock and roll. Joey and Brother Bear had previously been in a band together that was primarily dark country rock, s with that background, Brother Bear and Joey brought an entirely different sound to the project. When that dark country sound was melded with the progressive vibe that Jackson and I brought to the table, a style that was new, strange, and wonderful was born. It's a little thing we call "Cowgoth."

TS: I assume that "Joey" may or may not be her real name as well?

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JF: "You may or may not be correct."

TS: Fair enough. So, Cowgoth, eh? What does that sound like, exactly?

JF: "Some of our influences are Tool, Fleetwood Mac, U2, Johnny Cash, ODeath and Dispatch. As far as sounding like other bands, we're not sure we do. However, that's cool in its own right. We want to stand out. We want people to hear us and be intrigured with our sounds and who we are. We want to sound like...Cowgoth! The BEST Cowgoth!"

TS: It sounds like you've all been working on this project for a while, but it's just starting to see the light of day in terms of live shows and public attention. Are there advantages to the "low and slow" approach to band development?

JF: "There's no one way to do it. However, we have all been in successful and unsuccessful projects before. We were tired of the type of past that included playing empty bar rooms, or playing for tips, and we all agreed that our best on stage experiences were in part, due to proper prior planning. Things like having the merch table loaded and mastering the songs you were going to perform. It didn't seem worth it to play out without having the groundwork laid. We feel that we saved a lot of time and money advancing ourselves privately, without asking our town to pay for our practice. NOW, we are ready to rock your face off!"

TS: My face looks forward to being rocked off, I suppose! In the meantime, how is this project different from the other bands you've all been part of?

JO: "This is the only project I've been in where every single member writes and contributes to the creative whole. Other than my first band, which was comprised entirely of my best friends in high school, this is the first band that I really love everyone involved and I get along well with. Everyone is so compassionate, honest, open, and patient with each other."

Joey Marigold (vocalist, guitarist, songwriter): "It's been a journey for me. I've played in all kinds of bands; rock bands, blue grass bands, blues bands. I even had my own indie stuff going for a while, but it was never enough. When we play this band's music, I finally feel like I'm in the right place. It's like the feeling of coming home. Of course, the fact that we all love each other helps a lot. I always feel like my thoughts and opinions are valued and ultimately that opens up a feeling of trust that facilitates some of the most brilliant, creative, musical pieces I've ever had the pleasure of helping to bring to life."

TS: Nice to meet you, Joey! So, what are the band's future plans? Any touring or recording in the works?

JF: "We're going to keep releasing singles, build up a following locally and start branching out with small tours at first that will hopefully lead to bigger and better worldwide type things. We have big dreams."

TS: "You and 'Jackson' always did dream big, as I recall!. Any interesting stories to share related to the band?

JF: "The only story that comes to mind is that last year we had the most amazing, "Friendsgiving," instead of Thanksgiving. It really cemented the fact, that when you spend this much time with people, doing what you really love, those people inevitably become family."

TS: Too true. I guess that makes ex-band mates like your long lost cousins, or something. Any advice to new "baby" bands as they set put on the path towards not-neccesarily-the-world-but-maybe-a-corner-or-two domination?

JF: "I guess it depends on what you're looking for. However, if you want to get paid and make money at music then the thing to know is that there is no deus ex machina record label out there that's going to find you and save the day. You must do all the paperwork yourself. News flash, there is a lot of paperwork, get familiar with it. Also, find your sound, don't copy another band's sound or try to piggy back on a trend. Do what you feel most creative doing, even if it's weird or different. Weird and different have the potential to make history."

TS: Weird and Different are also just about my favorite songwriters of all time. Mind altering substances being a close third. I approve. Favorite other local bands past and present?

JF: "Ted Riviera's band The Gunrunners, Gaza Strip, Fireglass, Rylan Out, The Demons, 32 Leaves, Baptista, The Provocative Whites.

TS: Conveniently enough, you seem to be playing with Baptista this week! Tell us about the upcoming gig.

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JF: "We're playing at the awesome venue, The Flycatcher on June 16th at 9:30pm. It's a free show! You only play your first live show with a band once. Help us make it a memorable experience. We have been working really hard to provide our friends, family, fans, and strangers with a unique and extraordinary musical experience. There is a story to be told and a journey to be traveled, come take it with us! Plus, there will be cake."

TS: Damn it, you know I'm a sucker for cake...

The Paris Accord makes their live debut (and promise to "rock your faces off") on Saturday at the Flycatcher, with Baptista. The show is free and may or may not include cake.

Wreckless Eric

Once upon a time, an unassuming young man made his way to the London offices of infamous punk/new wave label Stiff Records office in hopes of being discovered. According to legend, he may or may not have stopped for a dose or 12 of liquid courage at the many pubs along the way to build up the nerve.

Shy as he may have been, the artist later to be known as Wreckless Eric somehome summoned up the courage to leave behind a rather remarkable demo tape, including his soon-to-be new-wave classic "Whole Wide World." While Stiff was the launching pad for a number of punk and post-punk acts, including Elvis Costello, the Damned, Madness and the Pogues, the iconic record label never quite fulfilled its promises of stardom for "Wreckless" but that didn't stop him from a lifelong career of touring and playing as a DIY artist before DIY artists were cool. Through several solo albums and bands including the Captains of Industry, the Len Bright Combo, Le Beat Group Electrique, Wreckless Eric has yet to slow down and this week he'll be headed our way.

Catch Wreckless Eric Monday night at Club Congress. The show starts at 7 p.m.

It's an inFestation

Tucson, as a musical city is a lot of things: indie rock and garage pop launchpad, birthplace of desert rock, lonesome honkytonk cowtown, roots and blues oasis, bar band paradise, punk rock breeding ground, etc. But sometimes local music lovers just want to hear the amps turned up to 11 and have their minds blown .

Such folks are in for welcome news this weekend as inFest returns to Tucson. The all ages music festival includes 11 bands and two stages over the course of six hours and includes a mix of local and national punk, hardcore and metal bands including Radolescents (a band consisting partly of ex-Adolescents alum,)

inFest 2018 takes place on Saturday at The Rock. The show starts at 6 p.m.

XX-chromosome fueled rock and roll

Sometimes we all like our music loud and sometimes we like it... representative. Tucson is a town that is rich in co-ed and female fronted bands to the point that it really shouldn't be necessary to point them out as anything other than, well, bands. That said, sometimes an awesome lineup is enough to make us proud of the intrinsic girl fueled badassery involved and this week's listings include just such a case. When female fronted local acts Miss Olivia and the Interlopers, Black Medicine and Phoenix based Kiss The Sun decided to share a bill this Friday night at Club Congress, they turned it into a sort of girl rock mini music festival that, in the words of the bands "celebrates women in collaboration, not competition."

Sing Like A Girl takes place Friday night at Club Congress. The show featured Miss Olivia and The Interlopers, Black Medicine and Kiss The Sun. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Also happening this week

Indie band The Sea and Cake at Rialto, Pigmy Death Ray at Surly Wench, Billy Sedelmayr with Rick Hopkins at Owls Club, Still Life Telescope with Finite Fiction at Saint Charles, Treepeople at 191 Toole, Strange Vacation at Flycatcher, Red Elvises at Congress, Shakey Graves at Rialto, Elegant Rabies at Cans, La Luz at Club Congress and more, including a ridiculous amount of gigs for Miss Oliva this week! Stay tuned for more ear candy next week!

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Each week this column compiles a choice selection of live gigs in and around Tucson with the help of great venue and band event announcements from the web and social media and other resources, including local musician Chris Black's site www.whoplayswhere.com.

Friday, June 15

  • Still Life Telescope with Finite Fiction - 7 p.m. Saint Charles Tavern
  • The Sea And Cake - 8 p.m. 191 Toole
  • Tradiciones Entre Peruanos - 8 p.m. Exo Bar
  • Sing Like A Girl: Black Medicine, Kiss the Sun & Miss Olivia - 8 p.m. Club Congress
  • Billy Sedlmayr and Rich Hopkins - 8 p.m. Owls Club
  • Pigmy Death Ray - 9 p.m.. Surly Wench

Saturday, June 16

  • Belinda Esquer - 6 p.m. Mercado San Agustin
  • inFEST Tucson w/ Radolescents, Bleach Party, USA, Blue Collar Criminals , Blueprints For Destruction, Scar Eater, and more. - 6 p.m. The Rock
  • Miss Olivia & the Interlopers - 7 p.m. Crooked Tooth Brewing
  • Oliver Ray - 8 p.m. Exo Bar
  • Muffulettas - 8 p.m.
  • Fini's Landing Smokin Crows - 8 p.m. House of Bards
  • The Atomic Punks, Moving Pictures, Pyrosteria - 8 p.m. Rialto
  • Baptista, Paris Accord - 9 p.m. Flycatcher

Sunday, June 17

  • Mik and the Funky Brunch - 12:30 p.m. La Cocina
  • Sunday Sessions w/Kevin Pakulis - 2:30 p.m. Borderlands
  • The Determined Luddites - 5 p.m. Public Brewhouse
  • Freddy Parish - 7 p.m. Ches Lounge
  • Beloved - 7 p.m. Flycatcher
  • Gldn Party Ft: Deca and Dj Marvl W, Jae Tilt, Rey, Simplistic, $mells, Ripdee - 7 p.m. Club Congress
  • Bob Einwechselung & Paul Ruffner 7 p.m. Royal Sun Sun June and Language Barrier - 8 p.m. Owls Club

Monday, June 18

  • Wreckless Eric - 7 p.m. Club Congress
  • Anemone, Dirt Friends, Amy Mendoza & the Strange Vacation - 7:30 p.m.Cans Deli
  • Michael Celi - 10 p.m. Flycatcher

Tuesday, June 19

  • Tom Walbank - 6:30 p.m. Sky Bar
  • For Love or Absinthe - 7 p.m.Royal Sun
  • Demerit, Manoz Zuziaz, Hiroshima Defx, The Sindicate, Single Finger Theory. - 7 p.m. Spark Project Collective
  • Un, Badr Vogu, Brass Tax, the Bloodline Cadence - 8 p.m. Club Congress

Wednesday, June 20

  • Miss Lana Rebel & Kevin Michael Mayfield - 6 p.m. La Cocina
  • Katie Haverly & Ben Nisbet - 6:30 p.m. Tap & Bottle North
  • October Intuition - 7 p.m. Royal Sun
  • Treepeople - 8 p.m. 191 Toole
  • The Elegant Rabies, Desert Beats, Liquid Summer - 8 p.m. Cans Deli
  • Red Elvises - 8 p.m. Club Congress
  • Shakey Graves - 8 p.m. Rialto
  • Amy Mendoza And The Strange Vacation - 9:30 p.m. Flycatcher

Thursday, June 21

  • Miss Olivia & the Interlopers - 8:30 p.m. Tap and Bottle
  • Sonora Beat Collective Launch - 10 p.m. Can's Deli
  • La Luz with Summer Twins - 8 p.m. Club Congress
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