As my first article for Wolfsbane, I wanted to open it up with how I found my community since I'll be talking so much about it in the first place!
About a year ago I was in a pop punk band called "An Open Mind" and we were trying to get our first show, and me being 15 in a band with my friends, it's not like we could've played bars or clubs. The only place we knew of was this practice space called Autograph Studios in our town that you rented out by the hour. We played our first shows there and its there that I met my friend Bobby Newman from this band "The Verge". One cold ass night in front of his house we talked and he asked me if I knew a couple of bands like Everyone Leaves and Left Home. After saying no, he told me Left Home was a Murfreesboro local band that played house shows around town and after checking them out, I loved their music to death. I got really into them and equally into Everyone Leaves and fell in love with that music from then on out. Bobby if you're reading this, I can't thank you enough.
It took a couple months to find out about the house show circuit in the area because none of us knew where to go and when to go or even if we could get in being underage. One night I saw that everyone leaves had posted they would be in Murfreesboro, so I convinced my friends to go and take me to this place called Dads Garage in January of 2016. Little did I know this small living room would host my future's favorite shows and even my own shows with my own music that I wrote in my LITERAL Dad's Garage (where my room is). Turns out I missed everyone leaves that night but that's okay, because I found the thing that's kept me afloat all this time which is the house show scene, but especially Dads Garage. I had always been searching for that place to go see music and that environment to be a part of and I finally found it 20 minutes away from my house and walking distance from my high school (if you're wondering how stupid I felt, the answer is VERY). I don't think I missed a single show they hosted until late March, just because I loved going so much even if it was bands I hated. I finally felt like I was a part of something and that's a great feeling for a 16 year old kid who felt like he had nobody or nothing around. March had a lot of events happen at once that made it a harsh and terrible point in my life, but April 6th rolled around where I landed my first show to play at Dad's Garage after my band broke up and the rest from there is a small history. That history includes some of my greatest memories, my favorite shows, and my favorite bands.
I was down, defeated, and done, but that house and those people (Pola, AJ, Ben, and Matt) pulled me out of the hole that I dug myself and the people down there have helped me do what I've always wanted to do. They're all some of my better friends and it's weird because one of those friends was the front man of Left Home, who now does a solo project called "Bogues" which I'll most likely talk about a lot in these articles. Matt and Ben are now in a post rock band called Pale Lungs with announcements they'll have coming down the pipe soon. Bogues and Everyone Leaves just dropped insane EP's, and you need to listen to them as soon as you possibly can. (Links at the bottom)
The house show circuit has thrown an arm around me and taken me under its wing to make me feel a sense of importance ever since the first show I saw. Thanks to it I've played with Everyone Leaves, Bogues, Kayak Jones, Chase Huglin, and many more while making many different friends. Without it I'd probably be working a job I hate and sitting around doing nothing all the time. If you ever feel like life has thrown you a left hook to the jaw, go see a show at a place you've barely heard of. It might change your life for the complete better.
(Don't be stupid. Check out this music.)
Written By Joseph Barnum