BABOON

BABOON

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Rockers with a Cause”

Sponsored by Texas Wranglers. Benefiting Austin Adaptive Sports

DETAILS
Date - Saturday, September 6th, 2003
Venue - The Pier on Lake Austin, http://pierlakeaustin.com/
Address - 1703 River Hills Road, Austin, TX 78733
Ticket price - $10.00
Age limit - All ages
Benefiting Austin Adaptive Sports,
http://www.austinadaptivesports.org/
Performances by - Burden Brothers, Cruiserweight, Baboon,
The Guest, Two Guy Trio
Doors at 12:00 p.m.

Since its inception in 1990 Austin Adaptive Sports, an organization that works cooperatively with St. David’s Hospital, has had a profound impact on Austin’s disabled community. Austin Adaptive Sports
mission is to enhance the total quality of life for youth and adults with physical disabilities in the greater Austin area through a year-round adaptive recreational sports program. The Austin Adaptive Sports Center provides the community with a fully accessible fitness center, which offers unique disabled youth
sports programs. AAS also educates the general population reaching more than 3,000 youths a year
through its educational safety programs and adaptive sports programs.
The University of Texas’ well respected service organization, The Texas Wranglers, will be holding a
concert benefiting Austin Adaptive Sports on Saturday, September 6th at The Pier on Lake Austin. All profits raised from “Rockers with a Cause” will be used to fund AASC disabled youth sports programs
such as snow skiing, rafting, scuba diving, etc. Proceeds will also be used to purchase equipment for the Austin Adaptive Sports Center such as sport wheelchairs and rehabilitation equipment.
The Burden Brothers featuring Vaden Todd Lewis formerly of the Toadies, along with Cruiserweight,
Baboon (see more below), The Guest, and Two Guy Trio are all scheduled to perform.

CONTACT For more information please contact Larry Boone at (512) 413-7630 or Travis Irby at (512) 417-5508. To request music, bios, interviews and other media opportunities with performing bands please contact Tami Thomsen at Last Beat Records, (214) 748-9201 tami@lastbeatrecords.com.

Andrew Huffstetler of Baboon has many a fond memory of the golden age of the Fraternity of Noise. You would too, if you were there in the thick of it with him. Oh, to be young and playing loud, noisy post-punk and rock & roll alongside friends The Toadies
and Brutal Juice . “It was fun being that young and inexperienced, just trying to make it step by step...”muses Huffstetler.

Ah, but that was nearly a dozen years ago, and much has changed. The end of the innocence came halfway through the decade, somewhere between the time when Baboon signed to fledgling major label Wind-Up Records and soon after begged to be dropped. They eventually were, but only after the label finally realized Baboon just weren’t going to be molded into the next Creed. The band comprised of Huffstetler on vocals, Mike Rudnicki on guitar, Steven Barnett on drums and Mark Hughes on bass -- regrouped, put out an EP (We Sing and Play) on their own and spent the next several years trying to reconnect with the simple joy of making music. Happily, the result, Something Good is Going to Happen to You, proves they succeeded.

“It is the most tuneful album we’ve done, with a distinct emphasis on melody and yes, even beauty, over noise for the sake of noise. It might surprise some of our fans,” Rudnicki admits. “We’ve had some pop elements in the past, but we’ve mainly just made a lot of noise, which is kind of addictive. I’m definitely more proud of this album than any of the others. This is the most fully realized album we've ever done.” “I don’t know if it’s a ‘kinder, gentler’ Baboon,” laughs Huffstetler. “But it is a more mature Baboon. I think we’ve done a complete circle back to where we began when we were writing pop songs but with a lot of aggression, a lot of emotion.”

A lot of that emotion stems from the life changes Huffstetler and the rest of the band have experienced since Baboon split from Wind-Up records following the release of 1997’s Secret Robot Control (their second full-length, following their 1994 Grass Records debut Face Down in Turpentine. The band went through a period weighing the pros and cons of playing music not for a living but for the fun of it (the pros won out). “The songs are a lot more emotional and personal this time, whereas before it was a lot of singing about girlfriends, bad girlfriends, breaking up, stuff like that, which gets a little old.”

And so while Something Good does nod to brutal sonics in songs like “Crash” and the chaotic “Pig Latin” (respectively), by and large it’s an album that digs deeper, both lyrically and musically. The songs are about fear, death, life, loss, comfort, dreams, perseverance and hope. “I think we were all kind of sick of all the manufactured angst on the radio,” says Rudnicki.

What else would you expect from an album named after

Discography

Face Down in the Turpentine (Grass)
Secret Robot Control (Wind Up)
We Sing and Play ep
A Bum Note and A Bead of Sweat (Last Beat)
Something Good is Going to Happen to You (Last Beat)