Black Dots (Wade Henderson - guitar/yelling)
1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2020? (In order 1-5)
1) Ricky (Western Settings) - Palm Trees
Very impressive and not like your typical solo album, kudos Ricky!
2) Bud Bronson and the Good Timers - Manifest Fantasy
3) Attic Salt - Get Wise
Catchy as it gets
4) Worriers - You or Someone You Know
Anything Lauren touches is gold.
5) Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
Just really good!
6) DFMK - s/t
Great to see a full length from the TJ homies, such good dudes and such great energy.
2. What band did you discover in 2020 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?
I'm giving three. Attic Salt are just killer catchy pop-punk, John from Black Dots turned me on to them. Also, Barbara Keith (Stevie Nicks meets Joni Mitchell, she only put out 2 albums in the early '70s) and Ted Hawkins (he put out three records from '82-'94, think Wesley Willis but less weird.)
3. How will you remember 2020? (In terms of music)
An oddly frustrating year as far as music is concerned: no shows, less practice, lots of legends dying. I get oddly excited when I hear a band next to us in the practice space now. It's definitely strange being forced to change your approach to music but fun to get some time for writing new stuff (lots of it). Definitely sad to see John Prine, Toots Hibbett, Billy Joe Shaver, Kenny Rogers, and Joe Diffie go.
4. What can we look forward to from you in 2021?
We have a batch of four or five songs ready to record but have had some virus-induced hiccups. I'm really looking forward to getting these tracked and out soon.
5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2021?
I heard Lawsuit Models were just in the studio. I love those guys so much!
6. Trying to put a positive spin on things, what is your favorite development from the global pandemic this year? (Is there a new medium you enjoy, a specific song or collaboration, personal news, etc. that was a bright spot?)
I finally had the time to get better at home recording and wrote a song that's kind of about the pandemic that I'm pretty proud of. I'm imagining lots of folks are honing their skills at home recording and so I hope that is something we learn to utilize within the scene. On a side note, it's good to know we got fascism whipped for the moment, but I really hope that we can maintain the momentum of dissent and keep the pressure on the next administration. #closethecamps #universalhealthcare