Monday, March 28, 2011


Very excited to be able to share our first interview today.  Can't think of a more excellent band to share than Laserfang or a nicer guy to e-mail chat with than Shane Asbridge.  Shane has been one of the more influential members of the Salt Lake music scene since moving to town in 1999.  Here's what he had to say:

Bad News Bear: First, how's South Dakota? Is this a permanent move or is there a plan for a heroic return to Salt Lake's stages?
Shane Asbridge: Well...the move is most likely a permanent one however Lazerfang is still together and so i'll just have to travel to keep it up. We have a show booked on June 4th that I'm really excited about.

(Awesome show on June 4th at Urban Lounge, Ratatat after party, lots of dancey goodness)

BNB: You've been so influential in Utah's music scene for so long, from your days in I Am Electric to Vile Blue Shades, Night Sweats, Laserfang and I'm sure there's a bunch I don't know. What brought you to SLC in the first place and how did you get so entrenched in the music community?

SA: I moved to SLC in august of 99 from Rapid City to go to school and snowboard. I took a year off from college to just work and establish residency in Utah. After that year I finished college at the University of Utah with an English Literature degree. So while I was just getting to know the city myself and Mike Torretta met a guy named Eric Bliss at the skate-park. It was an indoor one and he worked there and I commented on the music that he was playing and how we shared the same taste. He was in a group called Form Of Rocket and wanted to start another project and me and Mike were itching to start a band so we formed a group called V Vast. That group ended up turning into I Am Electric and it all just snowballed from there. I think that at one time i was in four projects at once. That was kinda crazy considering i had 3 jobs and a girlfriend too.

BNB: How did Laserfang come together?

SA: It went like this: I Am Electric was on tour in 2005 or so and we had a big falling out with one the members while half way into this 2 week trip. We finished the tour a man short and came back beat up and tired. We all took a little time to try to figure out what to do now.  One day me and mike were just like lets start a new group with a different sound but with the same members.  So we did. Lazerfang is I Am Electric minus one dude.

BNB: As you know, I'm a bit crazy about the record.  It's brilliant.  Where did the decision to name all the tracks after movie villains come from?

SA: I hardly ever title the songs so we have all these nick names for them like dugga dugga dugga or new one or fast dancy.  Well when it came time to do the record i was like let's name every song after an eighties movie villain. It worked out great because some of the titles actually find relevance within the song lyrics.  

BNB: My favorite line from the album is (I think I got the words right) “We’ve been divided to learn all the facts/well if knowledge is power then we’re all weaklings it seems.”  I know you’re a big Mark E. Smith fan, which I think shines through with those lyrics over that hypnotic beat on Priss & Roy.  Who are some of the other artists you’ve learned the most from?

SA: I actually say "We bent the bindings to learn all the facts".  My favorites are mostly from Europe i.e. Bowie, T Rex, Eno, Kraftwork, PIL, Daft Punk, etc. However I can't deny Dylan, Talking Heads, Television, Velvet Underground, any post punk awesomeness and SOUL MUSIC!!!

BNB: It took you guys so long to get Mammoth out, and I know you’re in different states now, but have you been working on new material?

SA: Kinda sorta. We have 2 songs that we are scheduled to record in june and i have just started to write down some new ideas to pass along back and forth. We also have a bunch of material that we haven't fleshed out yet too. There will be another Lazerfang record. (Editor's note: HOORAY!!!)

BNB: At my wedding you guys played the hell out of some Sam Cooke and I keep hoping to hear it at one of your concerts, any plans to break it out at another show?

SA: It's been talked about a few times. Maybe someday, it's just so hard to do Sam Cooke any justice.
(Editor's note:  Sam Cooke would have loved their renditions.  They were incredible.)

BNB: The main reason we are starting this blog is because I continue to be amazed that no Salt Lake bands have really broken nationally.  When I heard Mammoth I told a friend of mine that if there was any justice in the world, you guys would be playing summer festival small stages this year.  Is there any particular reason you think that Salt Lake bands have such a hard time gaining recognition?

SA: I think that the single most reason for that is our fault.  Hardly any of the great groups in SLC don't tour extensively enough. It's totally up to us as bands to bring our music to the people but it's hard without any financial backing to do that. Gas is so expensive!!! We all have jobs that we can't leave multiple times in one year for a substantial amount of time and what not. It's a chance that is scary to take the older one gets.

BNB: Who are the local bands you’re most excited about?  What have you been listening to lately (local or not)?

SA: NIGHTSWEATS!!! Spell Talk, Eagle Twin and Red Bennies are rad too. I've been listening to allot of Colder, Deerhoof, Deerhunter and Celebration.

BNB: What do you think is the biggest thing missing from Salt Lake’s music scene that would help it thrive?

SA: Touring like i said earlier but also maybe just one group to land a really well known label. Although in my opinion Eagle Twin has done that with Southern Lord Records. Besides that maybe a venue with an indoor water slide park?
(Could not agree more on this part, a bar with an indoor water slide park is the obvious next step in this city's musical maturity.  The Complex has some extra room or maybe a big pool in the middle of In the Venue and you can jump in from the second floor.  Or just water gun night at Urban or Kilby.)

Thanks so much to Shane for answering some silly questions for us.  Laserfang truly is an amazing band that put out easily one of the best albums of last year.  
Go to to listen to Mammoth and then you can buy it there or at Slowtrain.  
Here's a video of them performing Alan Stanwyk at Urban Lounge:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wet Hair and Broken Water in Provo Wednesday May 11

wet hair at automatic (chicago) june 26th, 2009 from acid marshmallow on Vimeo.

Wet Hair is incredible. This video's super long but rad and they're playing in a condo with Broken Water, also super awesome. Support these guys by going to the show and buying their great records.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

\m/ METAL \m/

I came to somber realization that i will not be watching my beloved Jazz in the playoffs this year.  Luckily April has some killer/face melting, headbanging shows to distract us from these dark times.  The show i'm most anticipating is Eagle Twin @ The Urban Lounge April 23.  This band RULES.  They sound like they came from hell, in fact i'm sure Satan listens to them while torturing people.  Singer/guitarist Gentry Densley low almost indistinguishable voice kinda sounds like a Minotaur with a smoking problem and drummer Tyler Smith, simply put, hits harder then anyone you'll ever see. When i saw them last, Smith's drumstick broke midsong and nearly impaled me in the stomache.  Which would have been sooo metal.  So if youre interested in powerful noisey Doom/Sludge Metal come to this show! it'll be perfect to get all that Sloan-less agression out.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Stuff Is Coming

We are working on some interviews and stuff but I wanted to let you know about some albums you can get for free on bandcamp.
Wild Vibes - Wild Vibes EP
Cool, slow ambient jams.  Love it.

 Caddywhompus - Remainder
I cannot recommend these guys enough.  Super fuzzy, pop awesomeness.
Catholic Spray - Fruits of the Moon
Awesome lo-fi garage rock.  I love it.

Just a few of the awesome albums you can listen to for free over on bandcamp.  They're also all willing to take money for their music so if you like it buy it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Show Calendar for March

Monday March 21 - Sic Alps @ Subterranean            ONLY FIVE DOLLARS!!!!

Tuesday March 22 - Menomena @ Kilby Court         $13, buy at Slowtrain, it will sell out.

Thursday March 24 - Castanets @ Kilby Court         $8

Thursday March 24 - The Mumlers & Coyote Hoods (Great SLC band) @ Urban Lounge      $7

Friday March 25 - Something Fierce & Chaz Prymek @ Kilby Court           $8

Saturday March 26 - The Future of the Ghost CD Release Show w. The Spins & SLFM        $6

Monday March 28 - The Appleseed Cast & The Lionelle @ Kilby Court                   $12

Monday March 28 - Akron/Family @ Urban Lounge              $15

Tuesday March 29 - Foster the People & Grouplove @ Kilby Court        $8

Wednesday March 30 - Toro Y Moi @ Urban Lounge            $10

Thursday March 31 - LOOM @ Kilby Court              $6

Spell Talk

Spell Talk from Brian Dimitri Sullivan on Vimeo.

Awesome video of these locals.  It seems unfair to have the best mustache and best beard in one band.  Saw these guys open for The Black Angels a few months ago and almost made me forget who I was there to see.  You can pick up the album Free & Easy here.

Laserfang - Priss & Roy

Very cool, weird video by Laserfang for their fantastic song Priss & Roy.  Their album Mammoth is essential listening.  Definitely my favorite Salt Lake release of 2010.  They're not playing for a couple months but they put on one of the best live shows I've seen.
You can stream and buy Mammoth from their bandcamp:
It's worth purchasing simply for the amazing artwork by Sri Whipple.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Welcome to the Beginning

Nobunny performing Chuck Berry Holiday from LOVE VISIONS.  He's an incredible performer based out of SF.  His last Album FIRST BLOOD was filled with doowop sing-along pop songs and was probably my favorite release of 2010.

While we work on getting some interviews I will post the best videos in the world.