Before attempting to make a living drawing stuff, I had another equally foolish, idealistic, and difficult-to-make-money-at pursuit: music. In the mid-90’s I was in a band called Come On Thunderchild, based near Charlotte, N.C. We spent a few years touring on and off, eventually got signed to an indie label, and made what I think still stands up as a pretty damn good record.
On thing that you’ll find out pretty quickly if you have an interest in pre-2000’s regional indie rock is that “everything” is for sure not “on the internet.” There’s a definite wall you hit around the year 2000 or so where information about regional music just kind of vanishes. A lot of independent weeklies weren’t online before then and neither were many of the other press outlets reviewing records at the time. I’ve discovered this the hard way, as I’ve recently (albeit slowly) been trying to digitally archive what music and video I can scrounge together from my band and a few other bands that we palled around with at the time.
Given all that, I was pretty excited to find out during some email back and forth with Charlotte videographer/director Jay Thomas that some footage of our CD release party might be still kicking around. Apparently, the tapes for this show turned up when Jay was moving and he was kind enough to get them together digitally and post the show on video. This was filmed on “The Casbah” stage of the Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC in maybe ’96 or so. Please note: No blog comments regarding my attire will be responded to.