Covering local bands is one thing, but when it comes to covering bands that used to be local we’re left a little conflicted at times. Will people remember? Will they care? We recently came across some news involving bands and artists with past ties to Springfield and who still have followers here who would want to know what’s going on with them. Click the link below to find out the latest about The Beautiful Losers and about Jason Poe, formerly of The Professional Americans and currently of Austin group Jets Under Fire.
First, The Beautiful Losers: We’re told lead singer Eric Smith left the group and the band is carrying on with guitarist Trevor Hougardy also taking over singing duties. As a result of the lineup change, the band has changed its name to Board Of Governors. Its next Springfield show is May 1 with My Wasted Life and BringYourGreenHat at The Outland Ballroom.
Next, Jets Under Fire: Singer/songwriter Jason Poe, formerly of Springfield band The Professional Americans, has taken steps to make his band’s music both more available and more interactive and personal for its audience. The band will be releasing quarterly digital-download EPs throughout 2009, the first one of which is available here. The idea is to expedite the process of getting music to fans; rather than wait for a full record, the band can record a few songs and almost immediately put them in listeners’ hands. Additionally, Poe says the band will interact with its fans via its myspace and webpage for feedback on songs and ideas for future subject matter. Watch for EPs two through four as the year progresses.