Drop Dead Dammit aims to make rock mark
Guitarist/vocalist Brandynn “Dammit” Garcia is back and ready to hit the local music scene with long-time collaborators Jesus Jenkins, bass, and John Bona, drums, to make a punk rock mark with Drop Dead Dammit.
They, in fact, were quite lively while visiting Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week’s edition of the column’s radio show. Their debut song, “Stitched & Confused” was played and leaves me wanting much more from this trio. It’s the first new song written by the collective in 17 years.
Garcia, Jenkins and Bona have a lot of history behind them as they were three of four parts to early 2000s band Insult to Injury. Garcia and Jenkins were also on the ground floor with Day of the Sick. Jenkins had to quit that iconic band when his work schedule cut into touring. However, they reformed when Garcia took over vocal duties in the 2009-2010 edition of the favorites. Then, Garcia called it a break.
“I’ve been happily musically retired for about four years,” Garcia said. “But, I’m glad to be out of retirement.”
When former Day of the Sick bandmate Ricky Warren called Garcia to perform with him before the Doyle concert last December at the Railhead Saloon, the itch to make music became too tempting not to scratch.
“It kind of made me want to play again,” he said.
That’s when Garcia gave Bona a call, After 17 years, the time was right, according to Bona. Jamming would commence soon after.
“I told him, when you get ready to do something cool, let me know,” he said.
Jenkins’ return to the fold took a little bit longer. He saw his buddies and former bandmates were in need of a bassist. That said, even though they all have a punk background, Jenkins had to hit some marks before being brought on board. Garcia said he hit every hurdle and the three were ready to roll.
“Us three play together so easily,” Bona said. “It comes easy to play together.”
Long-time veterans of the Lawton music scene, the trio see it as a ripe time to bring something new to the stage. With original songs mixed with some old Day of the Sick material and covers from the likes of Samhain and The Cramps, they’re setting a marker for something unique. They’re also looking to record in the near future. But for now, the stage is the first goal.
“Playing live is fun,” Garcia said. “We want to give a really different alternative to what you can find out there now.”
You can keep up with Drop Dead Dammit via its Facebook page. Definitely keep your ears and eyes open for that upcoming first gig. It should be soon.
“I’m excited about bringing some spooky music to Lawton again and can’t wait to play some shows,” Garcia said. “All the music I didn’t want to do for any other band I kept for this.”
To quote Neil Young, “Rust never sleeps.” Now into his 70s, the godfather of grunge shows there’s no rust as he readies to release his first new album with his iconic bandmates in Crazy Horse. ”Colorado” will hit the shelves and online markets on Oct. 25 from Reprise Records.
Featuring Young on guitars/vocals/piano/vibes/harmonica; Nils Lofgren on guitars/vocals/pump organ; Ralph Molina, drums/vocals; and Billy Talbot, bass/vocals; the album was recorded mostly live in the studio in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and produced by Young and John Hanlon.
“Colorado” will contain a bonus single that contains two non-album tracks, “Rainbow Of Colors,” (live) recorded live by Young solo and was the first-ever public performance, and “Truth Kills,” a studio track by Young with Crazy Horse.
Check out the first single from the release. It hits all the marks for what makes Young and Crazy Horse one of those singular bands from rock history: •Neil Young & Crazy Horse — “Milky Way” — https://youtu.be/y_-9qcbuLcA.
Drop Dead Dammit’s foray into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week’s Today’s Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist made for a punk rock good time of laughs with intermittent anarchy. As it should be.
Jokey McJokerson was relieved by Bona with this week’s Snoop Dogg inspired joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:
Jokey’s Corner — TBD will be featured for Comedy Night for the weekly Saturday night series to be held in the Summit Ballroom at the Apache Casino Hotel, 2315 E. Gore. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $10 and may be purchased at the casino cage or online atwww.apachecasinohotel.com.
Turn your radio dial to Magic 95.3 FM Radio around 6:25 p.m. each Thursday (if not much earlier) or stream the half-hour show online: http://s1.phx.icastcenter.com/start/kmgz953/ or www.onlineradiobox.com; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or: http://www.kmgz.com/.
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Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore, 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday: TBD; Thursday: TBD; Event Center: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee; Nov. 22: Three Dog Night; Jan. 16, 2020: The Guess Who.
Wichita Sounds Band Dance, 911 NW Hilltop Drive. Each Friday, 7 — 10 pm. Traditional country, early rock-’n’-roll, and ballroom. Seven dollar entry includes soft drinks and potluck snacks. No smoking, No alcohol. Everyone welcome. 580-450-7063
BrookRidge Retirement Community, 7802 Quanah Parker Trailway. 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, free. 536-9700: Frank & Friends Musical Entertainers.
Cooperton Senior Citizens 2nd and 4th Saturday Dance, Cooperton School. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Kenneth Boyd, 580-530-9067: live band, free refreshments, family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free.
Chianti Wine Bar, 5370 Cache Road, 366-3057, 7-10 p.m., Friday: TBD; 7-10 p.m., Saturday: jazz with DJ Little.
Park Tavern, 198 E. Lake Drive, Medicine Park, live music and karaoke; medicineparktavern.com. Friday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Sunday Funday, 3 p.m.: TBD; second Thursday each month, 8-11 p.m.: Open mic night with Bob Avila and Jack Smiley.
Red Dirt Reloaded, 6425 Cache Road, 580-699-3478. Live music Friday 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Thursday, 9 p.m., Karaoke Dude.
Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, live music begins at 9 p.m., alternative/metal/hardcore/punk. Live music Friday 9:30 p.m.: Right on Kid, Takers Leavers; Saturday, 10 p.m.: Fragmented Tranquility, Southern Aggression; Sunday, 8 p.m.: Dead at the Head.
Guitar Bar, 1816 S. 11th, Monday: TBD; Tuesday: karaoke; Wednesday: acoustic open mic with Kris Brown; Thursday: acoustic with TBD; Friday, 9 p.m.: live music, Rob Swanda & Jim Harvey acoustic, 9 p.m.: karaoke with Tony Garrison; Sunday: 7 p.m.: open mic jam.
Bullpen, 11822 NW McClung Road, 592-5451, Friday, 10 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Hump Day Jam TBD.
Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee, 699-3550, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 10 p.m.: Cade Roth & The Black Sheep.
Wall Street Bar, 23 N. 7th, Duncan, 580-255-7780, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD.
Robinson’s Landing Marina & BBQ, north side of Lake Lawtonka, 1 mile west of Ann’s Country Kitchen to Lawtonka Road and down the shore line, free and open to the public, Friday, 6 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 7 p.m.: Mike Cowing’s Birthday Bash with live music and kamikaze karaoke.