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University Press • Friday, September 6,2002 • Page 4
Wisteria, Tattle Tales stand out at Bash
UP staff writer
The Dorm Room on University
Drive across from campus held Band
Bash 2002 Saturday afternoon and
evening where local and out-of-state
Sidewinder, whose music reflects
a Lynrd Skynrd-esque type sound, was
among the bands who played. The two
bands that stood out the most were
local Wisteria, who was just signed to
Fuzz Gun records, an independent
label based out of Los Angeles, and
The Tattle Tales out of New York.
Wisteria was picked up by Fuzz
Gun records after just forming a cou-
ple of months ago.
The band features lead guitarist
and vocalist Kim Helwig, bassist
Ashley Culbertson and guitarist
Lindsay Purvis, who are all still attend-
ing West Brook High School. The lone
male of the group, Dustin Gaudet, a
Beaumonter , plays drums. Their
sound is not of the general girl group
mold. Some have referred to them as
punk or girl rock. Actually, their music
is general rock.
Alternative rockers The Tattle
Tales weren’t added to the bill until
Thursday night. They were on a tour
along the East Coast and some south-
ern states. While visiting friends in
Beaumont, they learned about the
show and asked to join. They were
gladly accepted into the show. The
only catch was that they had a show in
Waco on Friday and had to make it
back to Beaumont for this Dorm
Room show Saturday. Luckily, they
made it back in time to perform about
noon — sleep deprived and
unwashed. They played an amazing set
that only had to be cut short owing to
lead singer Christian’s guitar strings
“Yeah, I felt we were putting on a
pretty good show until my strings
broke, but I guess it’s not too bad. I
was at least able to play a few songs
and bring the rock to the people,”
The group has a new EP that
should be out in early winter, he said.
Six bands performed at the event,
but everyone should remember the
names of these two because we predict
that you will be hearing from them in
Wisteria, a local band consisting of three West Brook High Lindsay Purvis, and drummer Dustin Gaudet, a Lamar stu-
School students, Kim Helwig, left, Ashley Culbertson and dent, in the background, perform at the Dorm Room.
Squint no longer hard to see; to play Changing Times
Houghton, Mich., isn’t exactly
what you would call a music city. It’s
not even what you would call a city.
But this tiny town is the birthplace of
the band Squint, a group that has
been flying below the music indus-
try’s radar since 1993 and is planning
on becoming more than a mere blip
by the end of the year.
Squint’s sound can be described
as similar to the punk band Pixies
mixed with the sound of the band
Dashboard Confessional, only with a
little twist. And that twist is not
Dane Adrian, lead singer and
song writer, talked about the band’s
history and its upcoming concert at
Changing Times on Eleventh Street
on this evening.
UP staff writer
He says his main musical influ-
ences are the Pixies, Jane’s Addiction
and a lot of punk rock.
Because of what he calls a virtu-
al nonexistence of a music scene in
Houghton, Dane and the band’s lead
guitarist Matt Fredrickson took a
road trip about seven years ago down
the East Coast and then along the
Gulf Coast to Louisiana, he said
About a year later, the band
picked up and moved to Ruston, La.,
home of Louisiana Tech and now
adopted home of Squint.
Members started touring in sev-
eral old beat up vans, most of which
had nicknames. One, the “White
Van,” the band hated.
“We didn’t feel it deserved a
name,” he said. “I mean we hated that
The touring in these beat-up
vans was self-promoting, and it
worked, he said. It landed the band
some pretty choice gigs.
“Hands down,” he said, “my
favorite show has to be playing with
the Goo Goo Dolls in front of a sold-
out crowd. That was insanely fun.”
“My songs start out as ideas”
says Dane about his writing style.
“Like the song ‘Poster Girl’ is jnst
about girls you see and fall in love
with right there — like that girl at the
record store who says such sweet
Dane also talked about his writ-
“Matt would write the music first
and then from there I would try and
arrange it into verses and a chorus,”
Dane also says his girlfriends all
request songs written about them.
“Sweetie, you don’t want me to
write a song about you. If I write a
song about you then that means
you’ve hurt me.”
He also talked about where the
band got its name.
“We choose Squint because I
-1 ike one word band names, and I love
the letter Q because the letter Q can
never be alone,” he said. ___
__Since most interviewers"ask what
bands do you like best, I decided that
it might be more interesting to ask
what band would you remove from
the music scene if you could?
Puddle of Mudd came his reply.
“But I really don’t have a reason
for that,” he said. “So let me say
Saliva because I feel that their first
single was a step backward for music
as a whole.”
Perhaps this criticism is best
summed up by his statement on his
“If you don’t have anything nice
to say about someone, say it to some-
body else that agrees with you.”
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