eye (2008-03)

...And It Feels So Good

Eye on the Scene

Superdrag keeps on reuniting and Pilot Light is not moving, thank you very much.

Patience is a (Super)drag

Reports that Knoxvilleâ’s recently reunited Superdrag are on the verge of recording a new album may be a tad premature, according to drummer Don Coffey, whoâ’s also local producer extraordinaire at Independent Recorders.

â“Itâ’s not exactly true that weâ’re recording a new album,â” says Coffey. â“Weâ’re thinking about it....Weâ’re going to get together and record some stuff, but it will be a long time before thereâ’s a record.â”

The band recently completed a seven-city, nine-show reunion tour, of sorts, a jaunt that included two gigs at Knoxvilleâ’s own Barleyâ’s Taproom.

â“The shows were awesome, surprisingly good,â” says Coffey. â“We took five years off, so Iâ’m surprised at how many people showed up and gave a shit.â”

As to the bandâ’s imminent return to the studio, Coffey says, â“It was a natural progression. We wanted to see if anyone cared. Now we know they do. So if we want to do any more shows, weâ’re going to have to have some new music.â”

Coffey says the band has already written six or eight new songs, and the bandâ’s new songwriting efforts will likely include first-time contributions from bassist Tom Pappas and guitarist Brandon Fisher. Throughout the bandâ’s history, singer-guitarist John Davis has always handled the lionâ’s share of the songwriting chores.

But getting those new songs on tape presents an entirely new set of issues, says Coffey, now that the band is split between Nashville and Knoxville. (Pappas and Davis live in Music City.)

â“Everyone is busy, and the logistics of making a new record are going to be real difficult,â” Coffey says. â“Everybodyâ’s got jobs, kids. We canâ’t just go in the studio for seven to 10 days at a time and knock out a record anymore. But at the same times, weâ’re not putting ourselves under any deadline pressures.â” (Mike Gibson)

Staying Put

Donâ’t believe everything you hear. Pilot Light, the Old Cityâ’s long-running underground rock club, is not moving. Reports that the clubâ’s relocating to a warehouse adjacent to the Valarium on Western Avenue are simply not true, according to Valarium owner Gary Mitchell and Pilot Light owner Jason Boardman. Both, in fact, say theyâ’ve never met, much less discussed any sort of business arrangement.

Boardman also says rumors that the Pilot Light space on Jackson Avenue is being bought for a Starbucks location arenâ’t true, either. (Matthew Everett)

Three Chords and a Viceroy

Original Viceroy (back before they changed their name to the V-Roys) John Paul Keith will make one of his infrequent trips back to town this weekend with his band the One Four Fives, playing after Jennifer Niceleyâ’s CD-release show at Patrick Sullivanâ’s on Saturday, Jan. 19.

After leaving the Viceroys in the mid-â’90s, Keith formed The Nevers, a British Invasion-influenced power-pop group, with Paul Noe and Dave Jenkins. That trio had a brief flirtation with Sire Records but the album they recorded was never released. Keith moved on to New York and then Birmingham, Ala., where he fronted Stateside, and has been working with the One Four Fives out of Memphis for the last year.

â“[W]eâ’re doing two or three sets a night of old covers and originals mixed together,â” Keith says. â“The cover material we do is mainly classic early rock â‘nâ’ roll and honky-tonk stuff: Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Buck Owens, Bo Diddley, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, stuff like that. Occasionally we might do some â’60s or â’70s stuff like the Stones, the Byrds, or Sir Douglas Quintet.â”

The One Four Fives, named after the basic blues chord structure, recorded an album in December and hope to release it in April. (M.E.)

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