The Bastards of Rock and Rotten Records: Confused Little Girl’s Record Deal

On June 8, 2011, Rotten Records announced that they would be signing with the Orlando band Confused Little Girl. Rotten Records supports and is home to at least 33 extreme metal and hardcore acts. Confused Little Girl is among the newest to sign a contract with them.

Though this is the first record deal for Confused Little Girl, it is not their first album. The band previously recorded three albums, according to Orange Amps. Their most recent album, Southern Gentlemen, was released on January 22, 2011, and they sold-out their CD release show for that album at the Social in Orlando, FL. The band’s website confirms that the first album that Rotten Records will release will be the rerelease of Southern Gentlemen. The album will be available this September.

To promote their new album, Confused Little Girl is teaming up with Swamp Sitters for the Behold the Broken Eardrums Tour. According to their website and sister fanbridge site, the tour will have over 200 stops. The tour will commence in July with 20 East Coast dates. The dates and venues of the first leg of the tour, borrowed from their site, can be viewed below.

Source: Confused Little Girl's official page (www.bastardsofrock.com)

Confused Little Girl is made up of four musicians who consider themselves a “deep fried southern swamp rock band.” They formed in 2005 and have toured throughout much of the continental United States. They have opened for underground rock acts such as Stinking Lizaveta, Artimus Pyledriver, Alabama Thunderpussy, Dark Castle, Abdullah, Earthride and more. They have also performed at the House of Blues and Hard Rock Live, as well as on the radio, including Orlando’s 1041 FM WTKS and 101.1 FM WJRR.

Their album Southern Gentlemen includes 12 tracks, which can be viewed on Music Bay.  (The songs are no longer available for download, as they will soon be available from Rotten Records.) The themes of their music include drinking whiskey, murder, and selling your soul to Satan. One review of the album (by Jake Ball and Bill Goodman of The Soda Shop) called their music “heavy in all the senses that one would expect.” The authors described the songs as “catchy and have you nodding your head in unison to the rifts.”

Their music can be previewed on their website.

Two Men Under Fire

BAND: —-

GENRE: COVER/ROCK

VENUE: 1048 JAZZ AND BLUES BAR, MONTGOMERY, AL

It might be obvious by now that one of my favorite venues in Montgomery is the 1048 Jazz and Blues Bar. The setting for taking photographs isn’t as good as it is at the Rock Bottom Pub. However, I love the atmosphere of the 1048. I’ve never seen it packed here, which gives it an almost small town pub feel, though it is in the heart of the city. The fact that so many people know each other here, and the friendliness of the bar tenders, adds to this.

What I really love about going to the 1048 is seeing the raw talent of the local musicians. Every week I’ve gone there has been a pleasant surprise. This past Saturday (4-30-11), I went expecting – from the website’s schedule – to hear a band I had never heard of called the Woodpeckers. As it turned out, the band was unable to make it that night. The 1048 promises live music 7 days a week, 365 days a year, so not having a band play that night simply wouldn’t do. So two musicians who didn’t know each other (and thus had never played together) were contacted by a mutual friend and asked to come play (according to drummer Andrew).

I had met the drummer, Andrew, before when he played with his brother, Jay, on Monday nights. He was accompanied by guitarist Jeremy (I hope I got your name right! I’m going on memory.), whom I don’t believe I’ve seen play before. Both of them are outstanding musicians, and though I could tell that they had never played together before (as I watched and listened to them work to match each other’s rhythm), they still managed to sound amazing together. They even managed to succeed when faced with an bar of people who couldn’t decide on what songs they wanted to hear, as evidenced by the drunkard who insisted on Alice In Chains and nearly started a fight when nearly everyone else disagreed on his music choice. (Fortunately, no fight actually broke out. Everyone basically ignored him, and he eventually quieted down. Thankfully.)

During the musicians’ first break of the night, I took a moment to speak with Andrew. He explained to me that many musicians learn to play by ear. This is in contrast to how I learned – by learning to read sheet music. With sheet music, everything is laid out before you like a map. The notes you’re supposed to play, how long to hold each note, the tempo, even the crescendos and decrescendos. Playing by ear, on the other hand, involves hearing pitches and rhythms and learning to reproduce them. It may sound easy, but unless you know the difference between a high E and a high C (for example) and know those notes when you hear them… Suffice to say, it takes talent to play either way. I love that I know how to read music and believe that it’s important, but I know that’s not the only way to learn. 

I’m impressed by musicians who can play by ear because it’s something that I cannot do. Sure, when I’m playing, I can hear when I get something wrong. But that’s not the same thing. I am stuck relying on sheet music to play anything. 

But to the point… It’s important to support local musicians. Go places where live music is played. Give them a chance, because there is so much raw talent out there. Musicians, the good ones at least, don’t play to get rich. They play because they love their music, because it’s their passion and they have fun doing it. They enjoy playing for an appreciative audience. Without the audience… Well, then they’re just playing to a brick wall, and who wants to do that?

If you’re in Montgomery, the 1048 downtown plays music every night of the week. Go check them out! 

Seeing double?

Noticed another site with these posts? Possibly not, but if you have…

It’s just me. I’m slowly transferring the posts on this site to a Blogger site. Started as a class project (setting up a blogger website), but now I’m trying to decide which I like better. Both have their positives and negatives.

If interested, you can see my other site at http://localscenese.blogspot.com/ Let me know what you think!

In the meantime, I’ll try to update both simultaneously, although this will be the site for the random updates as to when the next show will be…

Speaking of which…I still have two shows to update! I will get them posted as soon as possible, I promise!

quick update

There is an update on the way, I promise! School started this week, so I’ve been hectic trying to rearrange my schedule. But there will be an update! Hopefully late tonight…

I apologize for the delay. Please check back soon!

No updates this week…

Sorry for the lack of updates. As I mentioned in the previous post, I missed out on Saturday night’s Splendid Chaos show because of work. Likewise, last night’s planned trip out was canceled due to the tornadic activity in Alabama. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting back on answers from one of the members of the Eastern Wave, so the interview is still delayed. (One of the joys of long distance interviewing, I guess. I’ll learn.)

The next few weeks, though, I have at least half a dozen bands that I want to go see, so that should provide some good stuff.

Keep checking in! ^___^

Update

The bad news is that something came up at work and I ended up out of town this week and won’t be making it to Montgomery in time to see Splendid Chaos tonight.

The good news is that, while waiting for my exclusive interview with The Eastern Wave, you can go here and sample/download some of their music!

And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to order (or download) your copy of the Wobbly Tom’s album, Everybody Happy, also found here.

Also a note to everyone who’s stopped by to see this blog. Thank you for the read, and I hope you continue to check me out for updates! If anyone has any suggestions on bands they think I should see, or venues I should check out, please feel free to leave a comment! Thank you again!