Posts Tagged ‘fern’

Rock Talk 7/19 with Fern, The Radiance Effect and Future Leaders of the World

July 21, 2009

kzrqrocktalklogo1Chances are, if you read that list of guests, that you fall into one of two camps:

1. “Who the heck is Fern?”

2. “Whoa. Hold up. Fern was on the show?! I remember when I saw them play (insert show lineup here)! Are they back together or something?”

We’ll answer those in order:

1. Fern was a local alternative-rock group from the middle and late ’90s that rose to considerable prominence and opened for big-ticket touring acts when they came to Springfield. The resulting exposure netted the band a record contract. The band split up in 2002 when drummer Jay Sandidge left the group.

2. Yes. They were on Rock Talk on Z 106.7.

3. They are back together, and playing at Randy Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery July 25 (aka this Saturday) with The Republic Tigers.

We were also lucky enough to catch The Radiance Effect on a once-in-a-blue-moon day off while in Springfield and duly took advantage since they have another once-in-a-blue-moon event coming up: a show in their hometown (in August, details TBA) and a new album (due out in August). Finally, we caught up with Phil Taylor of Future Leaders of the World as the band prepped in New Orleans for its upcoming tour, which includes a stop in Springfield at The Outland Ballroom this Thursday night with Formant, Assembly Line Gods and The Final Piece. It was a big night, and we’ve got the whole thing for you to listen to after the break.

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Official: The Republic Tigers booked to play Fern reunion show @ Randy Bacon

May 15, 2009

RepublicTigersWe were promised more developments regarding Fern‘s big reunion concert at Randy Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery, and now we have it. Fern, one of the Springfield Music Scene’s most promising bands in the middle and late ’90s, is paired with another band with similar promise, not to mention ties to Springfield: The Republic Tigers, who played South By Southwest this spring and who are made up partly of members of former local group The Golden Republic. (And who, in case you were wondering, are named after the Republic (MO) High School mascot.) The Republic Tigers now call Kansas City home, but the band apparently hasn’t forgotten its roots and will be back to share a homecoming with Fern July 25. Randy Bacon Gallery Sounds coordinator Justin Woods tells us to watch for tickets to go on sale in a couple of weeks. We’ll keep you posted.

Official: Fern reunites at Randy Bacon Gallery in July

May 13, 2009
The Way We Were: Fern playing The Attic in the mid-90s. Note the wall mural with the intentionally misspelled name.

The Way We Were: Fern playing The Attic (now The Outland Ballroom) in the mid-90s. Note the (we're guessing intentionally) misspelled wall mural.

We’re going back to the future for this announcement. There was a time–the late ’90s, to be exact–when Fern was The Springfield Band to Watch. Formed in 1995, the band was opening for hot up-and-comers such as The Goo Goo Dolls by 1999 and sharing festival stages with the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Moby, Our Lady Peace and more by the following year. When drummer Jay Sandidge left in November 2002, the group laid low while trying to find a replacement. That was the last we heard until it reemerged as Rabbit Fighter a few years later, but before we could even get used to a new name it disappeared again. There was talk of re-forming the band a little more than a year ago, but nothing seemed to come to fruition until now. Word just came in from Randy Bacon Gallery Sounds coordinator Justin Woods that the group will play a reunion show at the gallery and photo studio July 25. Woods says he expects to have tickets on sale in early June. We hope to have more details for you in the near future.

Springfield vs. Austin: Who wins?

September 15, 2008

I got an email last week from Jason Poe, formerly of the Springfield band the Professional Americans and currently living and writing music in Austin, Texas under the name Jets Under Fire. His band is coming back to Springfield this weekend to play at Randy Bacon Photography Studio & Gallery Saturday, September 20. Sounds like a cool show, I thought–and an opportunity. It seemed to me as though Jason would be especially qualified to write a musician’s-eye view comparing Springfield and Austin musically, looking at what Springfield does right as well as what it can do better. The results were everything I hoped for and more. It’s a long read, but I sincerely hope anyone who visits this site and cares about local music–from musicians to venue owners, and even local administrators–will gain something from it. Not only is it hopeful, it’s instructive. You’ll find the full essay after the break. Enjoy.

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