On The Road with Catfish Haven, Part 2
Time Out Chicago's Out There editor Leah Petrusiak caught a ride down to SXSW with local blues rockers Catfish Haven, and is checking in from the road with reports on their experience. Starting tomorrow, look for posts from other Time Out writers, who'll be bringing you reviews on the shows themselves and on-the-scene reports from Austin. Or check out timeoutaustin.com for inside info on SXSW.
We left Fayetteville, Arkansas and the Ozarks for Dallas about 1:00pm yesterday, and I was well on my way to Sleepyland after writing all night. But the van ride is always a trip with these seven dudes. A sampling of ramblings from the road:
* Singer George Hunter and guitarist Mike Lust are both former metalheads, who also happen to like Bob Marley. "I just started listening to him two years ago, and he has some of the most amazing melodies," George said. Mike agreed, "Yeah I don't think of it as reggae...he doesn't repeat a lot and if he does, it's the awesome melodies you want in your head."
* Mike loves MOJO magazine. "This is my favorite fucking magazine, that shit never goes out of date," he said. Merch guy Adam said, "Yeah, can you imagine reading a Magnet from like five years ago? You'd be like, who...?"
* Mike also said it'd be cool if our GPS navigator could gauge the weight of the van and tell them that it would better if they didn't stop and eat more food.
I crashed soon after and woke up to the radio blaring about flooded streets and something about a tornado. The sky was kind of brown. While their buddy Dave and drummer Ryan Farnham were playing Mario Kart, Mike said, "Ah, gaming during a storm--to get your mind off your own death.” George the vocalist later said he thought “the world was coming to an end there for a second." Mike had his last will and testament on his mind: ""Ryan, if we die, I want you to have this foil windshield cover."
We pulled up to Club Dada in the Deep Ellem part of Dallas about 7pm, and I decided to walk around. I went into a store called Condom Sense, and overheard someone say they were from Chicago. I met this South Side hip-hop MC, Just Flo, who was selling out his CDs and passing out copies of a new slick zine called Underlined Magazine. He said that he performs at Jokes and Notes at 46th and King Drive.
The show was the first I'd seen with backup singers Avery and Tina, who the guys picked up from the Dallas airport, and pack even more energy into a Catfish show than usual. After the show, all nine of us piled piled into the van and rode straight to Austin (Tina called us "the Divine Nine"), through Waco, the Land of David Koresh. We pulled into Austin about 3:30am, for some sleep. This afternoon Catfish Haven play a day show sponsored by Metro.