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Local artist/musician Brock Smith's sound advice


Artist and musician Brock Smith originally hails from Amarillo, Texas. - BROCK SMITH
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  • Artist and musician Brock Smith originally hails from Amarillo, Texas.

Artist and musician Brock Smith originally hails from Amarillo, Texas. He started his first band when he was 19, The Evil Servants of Rhythm, a band name he cannot finish saying without laughing. From there, he played with a band called Studebaker’s Dozen, which turned into A Band of Fools Following Fools, which was absorbed into The Revolt. After getting married and starting a family, Brock moved to Colorado Springs, where he formed Dangerous Days, which released the album It’s Morning in America and We Are Violence in July 2018. In addition to his musical projects, Brock is usually busy with painting and graphic design, frequently designing posters for various local bands, and currently hosts the Dropped Culture Podcast.

Essential Saturday night listening: Anything by the Pixies or The Breeders. The best Saturday nights in my life have been spent with my wife listening to the Pixies. Sitting in my living room with her and listening to them is like being in my own private heaven. I think my wife is cooler than Kim Deal, and she has always been cooler than me.

Essential Sunday morning listening: I’m going to get skewered for this, but... here goes... Kenny Loggins... there, I said his name. But hear me out. As a child growing up in the ‘80s, no record collection was complete without one of the soundtracks he had the title song on. Sunday was cleaning day at my house growing up, and still is. And when I think of Sunday morning music, it’s the sound of the vacuum cleaner and the latest soundtrack from Kenny Loggins. The best one was “I’m Alright,” the theme from Caddyshack.

First record I bought with my own money: It was House of Pain (Fine Malt Lyrics). I remember getting it from the record store at my local mall, and that’s when they still had cardboard sleeves that were the width of the CD, but three CDs in height. I’m surprised I got to buy that without my parents there; that record store clerk was pretty bitchin’. I still have the CD somewhere in my collection.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop. Absolute. Perfect. Song. I was 22 when I first really listened to it, and everything about it is perfect. I think there are certain stages in people’s lives when certain songs, albums or entire catalogs hit a person, and during the years from 19 to 25 is when Iggy Pop spoke to me the most. It reminds me of a time when I just needed to sit back and ride, but also it made me sit and listen to the world the way I never had before. I started my first real band and Iggy was my guiding voice. I haven’t been a passenger since.

“Wish I could un-hear that song: The song “Informer” by Snow. Please take it away. And while you’re at it, please take away all my horrible memories of junior high dances that played this song. Now it’s in your head... you’re welcome.

Latest online discovery: Devil’s Witches, The Bad Signs and High Priestess, but I could name at least 20 more, so this is the short list. The Devil’s Witches album Velvet Magic is just that: “magic.” It came out in 2017, and is awesome from start to finish. The Bad Signs also came out around then, with Black Magic Moments. It’s so hypnotic and dark. Finally, High Priestess’ self-titled album, because it’s not your run-of-the-mill heavy metal. I’m patiently waiting for them to come to the Springs, because it will be one hell of a show!

Artist more people should know about: Imperial Teen. They have put out some of the coolest records I have ever heard. I first heard them in 1998 with the album What Is Not to Love, and 20 years later I’m still one of their biggest fans. Listen to the songs “Shim Sham,” “Lipstick,” “Alone in the Grass,” “Balloon,” ”Ivanka” and the new one that just came out, “We Do What We Do Best.” They are my last “bucket list” band to see, and they are coming out with a new record this summer. Everybody I have asked if they have heard them always hasn’t. That’s a shame because of the great material they’ve put out over the years. Honorable mention: the band Flasher.

Guilty pleasure: Nothing. I’m not ashamed of listening to anything if I think it’s good. If you like it, listen to it; who cares.

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