Wednesday, February 27, 2013 , Updated 9:28 a.m., March 1, 2013
Grapevine band Mount Righteous may play last show Friday
Fox and the Bird and Michael Donner join them Friday at Double Wide.
DALLAS The “acoustic-punk marching band” Mount Righteous could go out with a bang on Friday.
The 10-piece band, together since 2007, went on hiatus from late 2010 to late 2012. They recently reunited for just six shows, with Friday at Double Wide in Dallas as the last. After it, band members will decide whether to continue playing their rowdy tunes or to let the project go.
The stage show is led mostly by Joey Kendall, who beats on a bass drum strapped over his shoulders during live shows. Accompaniment comes in the form of electric and bass guitars, but the show is kicked up by the presence of cymbals, ukulele, trumpet, and melodica. To watch a Mount Righteous concert – at least a few years ago – is to stomp along to one of the region’s most unique stage performances.
When the band took a break in late 2010, Kendall told us they needed to try their hands at new creative outlets after churning out three albums in three years. The reincarnation of the band in winter 2012 was a chance to see if they could pick up where they left off.
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“I think we just wanted to give it another shot,” said Z Marxen, who plays cymbals. “We set out these few shows just to have fun, just to see if it was still as great as we remembered.”
Their stage show on Friday will consist of material from past records. While they’ve added more guitar and a ukulele, Marxen said “it’s still the same old Mount Righteous.”
The band has been practicing once or twice a week, barely cramming everyone into melodica player Lauren Wadsworth’s living room. (Those who don’t fit stand in the hallway or in a nearby room to practice.) Getting their schedules to align is equally tough, since some members have gotten married, pursued new careers, or gone back to school.
The show on Friday includes a set from Fox and the Bird, a folk band from Dallas. Michael Donner opens.
- Double Wide
3510 Commerce St.
- $7 - $10
Whether Mount Righteous will play together again or use Friday as a final farewell remains to be seen. “I think it’ll definitely be the end of this era of Mount Righteous. With every album we’ve done, we’ve been a completely different band,” Marxen said.
Get out there if you want to see the Mount Righteous you remember.
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