Fusing the energy of punk rock with the historical legacy of old time roots music ain’t nothing new, but it sure is entertaining in a most satisfying way. Who were the original punk rock hell raisers in the days of yore? Freaking hillbillies, that’s who. When they weren’t tending sheep, they were feuding with their neighbors, making moonshine, or chasing pigs. One band coming to town this weekend that is still carrying that hillbilly flame into the 21st century with hillbilly revival of great unknown is The Hickoids. Since the '80s, they’ve been banging out torch song hardcore and speedcore country. They kept it weird in Texas when Texas wasn't yet ready to get so weird. For that we salute The Hickoids. They play Artmosphere on Feb. 6 with Louisiana twang lords, Dash Rip Rock.
POSTHASTE WITH THE HICKOIDS
1. Life story of The Hickoids in 10 words...more or less. A decades-long hay explosion featuring down-home Tejas punks, expressing theyselves through “musics”
2. Ya´ll played a lot of killer shows over the years. Best/craziest gig ever? Impossible to really say. I remember a fantastic Valentine’s Day with the The U-Men in Seattle with the Butthole Surfers in front of a big crowd in LA. The shows with Loco Gringos back in the day...and many crazy times at the great Taco Land in San Antonio.
3. Worst gig ever?
Again, there are too many to enumerate! In El Paso after three songs and a major fight. And then being told you can take this $75 and leave now or continue and get nothing!
4. What are the top three things you’ve learned about the music industry in 20+ years?
Thank god for Smitty (Hickoids singer who runs our business/label). Do it for love. Do it yourself.
5. What is one thing you never do in Texas while wearing a dress?
Insult a cop.
6. The coolest land mammal is the __________.
7. Jim Morrison claimed to have the spirit of an Indian Shaman living inside his “fragile, eggshell mind.” What lives inside of The Hickoids?
Unending supplies of fun, irony, and amazement.
8. Fill in the blank. Pat Robertson is _____________.
INSANE! He’s really gone waaaay off the deep end now! Need I say more?
9. Got any cool Big Boys (legendary Texas punk band) stories from back in the day?
Just remember the little children gathered around the feet of both Chris and Tim, who were more than happy to tell them specifically what music and behavior was “cool” and “right”. We had a great New Year’s gig this year with Chris and Gatesville over on the east side. It was wonderful at the Longbranch. I miss Biscuit, that’s for sure.
10. 2012. The next evolution of consciousness or blind date with disaster?
Every year be’s both, n’est ce pas? HEEEEEEEE-HAW!
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
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The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
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The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.