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Gannon Fremin and CCRev are making musical marks

Gannon Fremin stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's edition of the column's radio show to share updates on his band CCRev. The band just got back from a weekend set of shows in Corpus Christie, Texas. The Lone Star State is fast becoming a second home to the rising red dirt rock band.

"We've been running around doing these for some time," Fremin said. "This time we decided to get band 'Corpus tattoos.'"

Fremin and CCRev have been receiving high praise for their latest single "Lessons Learned" that was released May 31. It's in the top 40 on the Texas Music Spotify charts. Fremin debuted the song during his visit last year to the show. This time around, he showcased "Sometimes" that you heard on the radio. Another number, "With You" will be showing up soon. Here's a third new track for your listening pleasure: •Gannon Fremin of CCRev — "Fade Away" — https://youtu.be/jShsZaeUj2I.

The band plans on going into a Denton, Texas, studio later this year with Terry Kimble to produce an album tentatively titled "Okie Thump." I bet it will do that and more.

You'll be able to check out the Southwest Oklahoma standouts Sept. 14 when they return to Lawton for a show at Fubar Saloon. Tickets will go on sale soon. They're also readying to head out to Nashville, Tenn., for a showcase that could lead to big things. Fremin keeps expectations in stride with a confidence of the rising star that he is.

"It's our first time to do anything like this; we're excited to play it," he said. "We're gonna burn it down."

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I’m hitting the road Saturday to check out one of the coolest bands around, The Growlers at the legendary Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave.

Formed in in Dana Point, Calif., in 2006, the now Los Angeles-based band (Los Growlers if you're a cool kid) is singer Brooks Nielsen, lead guitarist Matt Taylor and keyboard player/guitarist Kyle Straka. With seven albums and a new one soon ready for release, along with several EPs and a number of singles, you need to know about them.

Here’s the song that introduced me to their “beach goth” sound. It's definite ear candy: •The Growlers — “Monotonia” — https://youtu.be/zSzluF9itcw.

Taylor spoke with the columnist last week in advance of the show. I’ll be there and will have photos and write of the experience in next week’s column.

Now a few weeks into their tour, Taylor said a cut back on the “sparkle and glitter” and themes of the past is being met well by the fans.

“The shows have been great, the kids are wild,” he said.

With the new single released last Friday, Taylor said it also serves as the album title for the fall release: •The Growlers — “Natural Affair” —https://youtu.be/J85SDJmaqGQ.

“The new album is being mixed in LA right now,” Taylor said. “It’s kind of hard to do things on the road, the distance isn’t your friend. It’s been 3 years (since the last album). We’re ready to get some fresh music out there.”

After beginning with a sound that leaned into surf rock, The Growlers have grown into a diverse sounding outfit that touches on punk, funk, disco and traditional alt-rock sounds while remaining a distinct entity. Taylor’s distinct guitar sound has kept the surf in the band’s sound. Now, he’s opening things up.

“I started out listening to a lot of surf rock; I was pretty heavily into that,” he said. “We’re trying to get away from that and be more undefinable. We listen to so much different music, influenced by so much. Brooks has such a unique voice that whatever he sings on sounds like The Growlers. We’re kind of lucky in that aspect.”

Calling The Growlers’ sound “Uber driver’s rock and roll,” Taylor said the band is happy not to be pigeonholed into any specific genre. What made the old songs magic is still hidden in the depths of the new material, though it features “a lot more love songs, less dark.”

Tickets are still available for Saturday night’s show. Visit: https://www.granadatheater.com/event/83713-the-growlers-dallas/.

Taylor has one bit of advice for anyone going to the show and for prospective fans: “Listen to The Growlers and have fun.”

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Fremin's time in Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's edition of Today's Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist was nothing less than a good time.

Jokey McJokerson went meta with this week's joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

"They never like the present.'”

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/.

And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us: soundemonium@gmail.com.

#Sundaymonium — Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week’s show followed by this latest show: 6 p.m., Thanh "TL" Le; 6:30 p.m., Gannon Fremin.

Tune in after Sunday’s show at 7 p.m. for the Steve-O’s weekly show, B-Sides Besides.

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