Spotless Mind Discusses New Music and Their Future as a Band

I sat down with Jacob Bosch and Trent Smothermon of Spotless Mind to discuss their upcoming EP, Part-Time Burnout.

Part-Time Burnout is their second EP of the year, following their February release, A Matter of Opinion. The collection keeps with the tradition of five songs and will mark a change for the band. This is the first group of songs that the band wrote together- (if you check back to our first interview with Spotless Mind, you can read about their former songwriting tactics) – and it will be the last containing heavy pop punk influences.

Spotless Mind has been a self-described pop punk band for about four years now. They drew inspiration from the bands they had listened to as teenagers; bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, and Weezer were their high school favorites, and it showed in their past records.

However, the band feels that it is time for an artistic shift.

The songs off of the EP aren’t new. One of them was even written back when the band first began, four years ago; all of them have just been stewing in their catalog, waiting for a chance to be released.

As Bosch revealed to me, “They just didn’t fit in the last two EPs.”

Since the band is looking to shift their style, this EP gives them the opportunity to let loose all of that old material and start with a completely blank slate. This new slate will apparently be infused with classic and New Age rock elements.

Some of these changes can be heard in Part-Time Burnout, but most of them won’t make an appearance until next year when their new material comes out (they already have a couple of singles lined up for 2020).

Moving back to the EP itself, both Bosch and Smothermon are pretty proud. They feel that this collection is more “fleshed out” and that, while the songs aren’t necessarily cohesive (meaning, the songs don’t follow a specific theme), their sound has improved.

The band has struggled some in the last year, and this EP does encapsulate those experiences. With a revolving slew of band mates and a small identity crisis stemming from their seemingly lack of a spot in the Tulsa music scene, the year has not been kind to Spotless Mind.

Instead of letting this negativity win, however, the band is working to overcome all of their issues – beginning with simply “borrowing” people for performances and focusing mainly on finding their new sound. They also have used this “lost year” as lyrical inspiration.

Spotless Mind’s latest EP, Part-Time Burnout, will be available everywhere on October 25. The band will not be hosting a release party but will be performing on October 26 at DixieFest. Check out Spotless Mind on all social media and music streaming sites, and be sure to listen to their new music.

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Hoarseman Talks “Notre Dame is Burning”

Not long after Annihilation hit the streets on May 10, Hoarseman began the countdown for his next collection, Notre Dame is Burning, releasing it on July 31.

The speed at which he put out his third record (in not quite three months) was already impressive – then, not five minutes after he sat down to talk to me, he revealed that it was actually ready for release on July 4. Technical difficulties involving the distributor set the record back almost a month, but the songs were already recorded and mastered by the beginning of July.

There was a reason for the quickness, as Quinton Hoagland of Hoarseman explained. With Annihilation, the main concept involved the catastrophic end to a long relationship. Notre Dame is Burning contains a few songs that are also about that same relationship; these were leftover from the Annihilation era that just didn’t fit with the others.

Hoagland is ready to move on from that relationship, though. In fact, he has moved on – the ill will he had felt is long gone. So, in order to fully transcend into the next era, he released Notre Dame is Burning as soon as he possibly could. The next album, he says, will not be for awhile because he is writing completely new material with completely different themes.

As happy as we are that he is moving on from the heavy themes in his last couple of albums, we have to admit that those emotions produced some great songs.

The album begins with the title track – and the theme is set. Rather than the arc of his last couple of albums, where the songs fall into a pit of despair and then climb out, he begins with destruction in the first song.

With its catchy hook and woeful concept, the song is the kind that will stick in your head for days on end.

The next couple of tracks (“Counterfeit Love” and “Crown of Thorns”) continue this gloomy outlook, pairing depressing lyrics with spunky tunes that remind you of a rotting Jack-o-lantern (dead inside with big carved-out grin).

There’s anger and spite and frustration bleeding into each note. “Counterfeit Love” demands an answer to the question of “how could you?” “Crown of Thorns” paints a clear-cut victim. With “Change Me,” blame is cast.

Then comes the implosion of “Granite House.” Suddenly, the weight of everything hits and blame shifts. It becomes a question of “how could I?” rather than “how could you?”

This brings the next block of inner hatred. The songs (“The Road” and “Hammock”) careen down the rabbit hole as they become more defensive and bitter. They’re plucky and messy, feelings spilling like marbles rolling across the floor.

Then, there’s the finale. The finale is “You’ll Never Change,” and it is a tearjerker. All of the songs in this album are broken ballads, but this one is different. It’s less woe-is-me and more… resigned. Finally, there’s acceptance.

Every song on the album is artfully crafted and infused with raw emotion. There’s drama and exaggeration, but there’s also a dash of realism. This is something understandable; it’s something with which people can relate.

Check out Hoarseman on all social media and music streaming sites. If you happen to be in Tulsa tomorrow (September 26), be sure to stop by the Vanguard to see Hoarseman and the Heard in action.

Introducing Tulsa’s Newest Band, Saturdaze

Tulsa has a new band hitting the city, and it’s one with familiar faces. The band, Saturdaze, has played several shows together already – both under this name and as backup for their front-man’s solo project.

Saturdaze began in April of this year. Originally, they came together as backup for front-man Max Spear; however, after playing together, they decided to create a new band that would incorporate their different styles.

Their band name, as unique as it is, didn’t come until July 19. Apparently, each member was just throwing out their ideas, and it was one of the suggestions. Being that it was a lazy mid-summer day, and all of them are huge fans of Saturdays, the name fit.

Their sound is self-described as psychedelic. With varying influences – Max Spears draws from Coldplay, Kyle Broadbooks from Led Zeppelin and jazz music, Ignacio from various 80’s punk bands – (fourth member Noah Roberts was not at the interview) – Saturdaze has yet to track down their specific style. The music tends to take on the persona of whoever happens to be writing it at the time.

Each member has been a part of the Tulsa music scene for some time now. Max has his up-and-coming solo career in piano-driven indie music; Kyle and Noah both sub for several local bands, filling spots on guitar and drums; Ignacio has his project, Wilted.

While none of their music has been recorded, Saturdaze has several hashed out songs that they’ve been working on all summer. rather than focusing on recording the songs, the band has been more interested in booking concerts.

The reason they insist they should master their live performances before they record is because they view the live aspect as the most important. According to them, the live shows are where they’ll gain fans and notoriety – which will, in turn, lead to people actually listening to their songs.

Their stage presence is loose with lots of movement. It isn’t so much as dancing or jumping as it is just moving across the stage. They aren’t afraid to let the music flow through them. This is so that they can constantly keep the attention of their audience.

The band is definitely one to look out for, considering the success of Max Spear’s solo career and the talents of Wilted. Check them out at their first official performance on September 20 at the Vanguard with Alexis Onyango and douglas.



Free Association Debuts Their Self-Titled Album

Free Association is a new-ish rock band from Tulsa that began in January 2018. The band formed as an outlet for songs Joshua Ricks had written and grew from there with the addition of the rest of the band.

The name “free association” was picked because it emulates the freedom and lack of instruction in their songwriting. Rather than simply playing the song how it was originally imagined by one member, the layout is introduced and each member adds their own spin.

“I like to just play what I have written and let everyone in the group run with the feelings or impression the song left with them,” says Ricks.

“It [is] incredibly beautiful to see everyone in the group interpret the emotional message and feeling of each song and express that back in their own way.”

Free Association started recording their first album in August of last year, which they finished by the end of September. However, fans still had awhile to wait before any of the songs were ready to stream. It wasn’t until last month that the band officially shared their music on streaming sites.

The first song the band released off the album that unveiled today (August 16) was “Old Man” on July 1st. It was followed shortly after by “Circles” on July 26th. According to Ricks, the singles were chosen for their upbeat sound and ABAB format.

The record itself is apparently a collection of songs that don’t have a traditional format and blend between genres. The first description given to me was “retro psychedelic rock vibe” – a spot on description, in my opinion.

The first on the list is “Groovy Blue.” A light song, “Groovy Blue” comes across as positive and upbeat. The beat is steady and repetitive, the lyrics are relaxed and positive; every instinct while listening is to sway and “groove” along.

Next up is the previously released “Old Man.” Though this one continues a similar sound, the vibe is much different. Rather than coming across as relaxed and upbeat, the song sounds like it just came out of an old-time-y mystery film.

“Hurricanes and Floods” is third on the tracklist. Anxiety is at its highest with this song as the music flutters through, lyrics denoting a blue tale. However, the tone shifts about halfway through this almost-six-minute song from nervous to something akin to resignation.

The next six songs follow similar styles and themes. Each song is carefully crafted. By blending styles, the band achieves a dreamy sound – the kind of sound that lulls you into feelings, good and bad. Whether it’s the slower “First Friday” or the foot-tapping “Omniscient,” there’s a song for everyone in this album.

As if the songs themselves don’t span different styles,”Circles,” “Six Long Years,” and “Loving You” all feature a female singer in stark contrast to the other male-fronted songs. It’s a testament to their “free association” that different vocalists take lead in different songs; each member of the band gets to do their take.

Check out Free Association on all social media and music streaming sites and make sure to listen to their debut album below:

Kat Lock’s Debut EP, “You Again,” is the Hit of the Summer

Tomorrow, July 12, marks the release date for Kat Lock’s debut EP, You Again. Consisting of five songs, the EP is part one of two, with the second half set to release later this year. All of the songs were written in 2017 or earlier, so anyone who has been to one of her performances has probably heard at least one of them.

According to Lock, the concept is recognizing faults and attempts at self-growth. With hints of relationship drama and self-exploration, You Again is both powerfully emotional and a light listen. You don’t have to analyze the music to enjoy it or get the concept. There’s no flurry of instruments to back her up – just melodies that perfectly complement the strong vocals of Lock.

There were no specific influences, but she did mention that Jenny Lewis probably slipped in a little. (Quote: “She always does.”) She also wasn’t aiming for a specific genre; the EP is just her. Everything in it reflects a bit of her personality and thoughts – and it clearly comes across.

Each song is explained in Lock’s words below:

“Art: is about dating another songwriter.

Biggest Mistake: is an upbeat self sabotage bop. Sometimes you gotta do something stupid just to feel something.

Demitrius: was written for a friend that passed away a few years ago. (Guitar solo is played by Sam Wegryzynski of Ben Quad, formerly of St. Basic, forever my love.

Embarrassed: is that moment when you realize you’re over somebody and just how pathetic they actually are.

Someone Else’s Future (studio version): is an alternative version of the thematic song, one of the first songs I ever wrote! Helping myself get over someone by saying maybe it’ll work out in another life, cause I believe in stuff like that.”

“Biggest Mistake,” the single put out earlier this summer to give a taste of You Again, was actually not Lock’s favorite. In fact, she hated it. However, after reworking it, she eventually grew to love it; it was this tenacity that made her turn it into the summer bop it is.

The title, You Again, apparently comes from a line in “Someone Else’s Future” – “I’ll see you again in someone else’s future.” It stems from the feelings associated with certain people popping back up in life again and again.

Each song is well-written and personal. From start-to-finish, it is a beautiful record. When asked for final words on the EP, Lock claimed that “listening to this EP will clear your skin.”

So, you heard the lady; make sure you listen to You Again when it comes out tomorrow and check out Kat Lock on all social media and music streaming sites.

Join Kat Lock, One Two Ten, and Matt Jewett in celebrating the new music at 89th Street in OKC at 7 pm tomorrow, July 12, and make sure to listen to You Again.