Sunday, September 19, 2010

New Member Charles Investigates the Death of Charles vol 1

As the world now knows Charles is the Keyboard player and multi instrumentalist 4th member of our band, much akin to Jay Bennett of Wilco fame, although charles is a ghost, but so is Jay Bennett so it was a better comparison then i thought. Anywho we dont know how Charles came to be eg. how he Died and he wont disclose his real last name so we have no way to know who he really was when he was in the flesh, So perodically we will post an acutal story of someone named charles who has died and has similar traits to our band member in hopes to unlock the secret that drives us, "Who is New Member Charles".
This Week: The Death of Charlie Garbenstanch

Could this Inspirational dead musician be our keyboard playing ghost?

September 26nd 2002 Charlie Garbenstanch had just finished playing a set at the montgomery blvd Applbee's in Alburquerque. Applebee's, known nationwide for there senseable prices on american quisine and for there monsterous 17 oz beers known as the brutus, was among Charles's favorite place to play his prized Giovanni keyboard. He did not know though, that this gig of watered down 80's pop and 17oz beers would be the last he would ever play thanks to the pastime of the sinister known only as murder. Charlie had just closed his set with a version of bicycle racer by queen and was collecting his tips for the night while taking down a refreshing 17 oz miller lite and munching on an order of dynamite shrimp , Plump, succulent shrimp coated in crispy panko bread crumbs and fried, then tossed in a spicy sauce all for 6.69, but on this night they were on the house, AND HE WAS ABOUT TO BE ON THE GROUND ....DEAD.

Indiana- "Just a baby sip dad!"
Sean Connery- "Ive already had 7 Brutus's Junior and my liver is madder than a kentucky bull."

After packing his gear into his back pack he got on his razor scooter around 1:46 am and began his trek home, but he wouldnt make it. By 1:58 he had made to the intersection of la Charles and Bermuda where authorites believe he lost control of his razor scooter and hit a parked car at speeds exceeding 8 mph. Hurt badly and in a drunken brutus stuper he walked along the road looking for help making it to the corner of tracy and la charles around 2:13 am when he was hit by a street sweeper and dragged to the 4100 block of shenandoah, he then laid for approximatly 56 minutes before being ran cleanly over at 3:18 am by a beautiful 2001 maroon pt driven by a 93 year old male who asked not to be identified. Charlie Garbenstanch then promtly died around 3:19, the cause of Charles's death was ruled to be multiple impacts involving non pc modes of transportation. Seen below are actual snap shots of the crime scene taken by a detective in a trenchcoat.

A lesson learned, if your going to drink more then 1 Brutus, leave the scooter and take a tuk tuk

A map of Charles's last moments click for direct link.

Is this our charles? Maybe, he is one of 4 people to ever own a giovanni key board, he has a penchant for substance abuse, loves razor scooters, his name is charles, and most importantly he's dead under tragic circumstances, which is a perfect reason for him not to go on to the after life. He's probably stuck here forced to live as a spectre who parties and plays muisic, left searching for that perfect gig that will allow him to move on to the next life. Until then he's gonna be chucking beef jerky with our rockin arses. Is this charles? We may never know, until Charles confirms his identity we'll keep searching, stay tuned for the next edition of "New Member Charles Investigates : the Death of Charles".
Forgive your children,

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Are you alive he's a ghost...idiot!

Hey yalllll Josh here, it has been a spell since we have posted, but we have been really really busy...not really though, just lazy. After our 1st 3 shows and a few months of rehersals, so we didnt look like fools for said shows ( we did) we are happily back in the writing phase trying to get some new tunes to Juicify our set so we can start playing a bit longer. Last week we finally got a new one in the books, its currently called Dragon Slayer but that name is tentative and was just put on here so i could link it to one of the greatest movies ever made, so look for the name to change and hopfully we will have a demo up sooner than later. Also look for a demo of Haunted by Waters comming as well as soon as we get it laid down on high definition lazer zape, a new technology invented by Zeus, the greek god

"Bracelet courtesy of Jared"

In other Charles related news, Last friday (9/10 )I had the pleasure of checking out Chris's other musical Troop "Love Songs For Lonely Monsters" at a show in Ames, IA at a DG's tap house, there have 1,208 beers on tap there. Love Songs is the long time brain child of our pal Nick Parks, and they also share a practice space with the NMC so we share a bond similar to roomates in college who live in different places and dont share dish doing duty. They've only been around a short spell but are worth checking out if ya have the chance to catch em, there have some great songs that are complex and sound deeply layered despite the band being a 4 piece. All in all they bring a nice balance of harder indyish stuff transitioned with occasional notes of quarky guitar driven pop, hopefully we'll get a chance to play on the same bill with em in the near future. I also saw Keepers of the Carpet later on in the evening, I have heard whispers that this band has been around for 30+ years and used to tour with the Cars back in the 80's, none of which have been confirmed. Reguardless it was really kool to see em live for the first time after only hearing them through digital devices, pure poppy blissful fun, and they even broke out an old nirvana tune which made the girls take there tops off.

Love Songs, Chris is the one with the hat.

Lastly we (band with the ghost) have a show comming up and you should come! This is the big 4th show for us and we will be pulling out all the stops, were bringing instruments, a ghost and new and exciting outfits which will inevetably start new trends of fashion fun. Yes i know it sounds like a normal charles show, but its not cause charles is going to sit in and play a song for this one. Any way this will be our second adventure at the always enjoyable Vaudeville mews in downtown Des Moines and are looking forward to getting back on stage after a month of sitting in our roach infested practice space playing air guitar with tennis racquettes (spelling...aww screw it ). The show is Saturday October 9th doors at 930, Charles is playing promptly at 10:00 pm for 35 mins or so followed by Remma and closeing is Drew Andrews & The Spectral Cities cover is 8 bones. It should be an interesting musical mishmash of sonic fun for kids ages 21 and older or those with misfit , more to come on the show in the following weeks and days.


Love and Magic