The FBO expands...
Oklahoma's failed The Cant/Cinder Biscuits -- two closely knit incarnations and great bands -- have joined the Failed Bands of Oklahoma.
Active from 1986 to 1989, The Cant (no apostrophre)members were: Eric Harmon, Adam Jackson, Jeff Morris, John Gilmore. They released one cassette called 'No Apostrophe' in 1988. Recently Adam -- who came from Washington state in the 1970s -- has put together a studio with Eric.
Active from 1989 to 1999, the follow-up Cinder Biscuits (no semi-colon) members were: Eric Harmon, Jeff Morris, John Gilmore (later replaced by Mr Paul Schiavo, who also played for a short time with FBO #001, Tall Tales). The Biscuits released a cassette in 1992 and a 7" single in 1994 (some still available). The band dissolved after Jeff moved to Dallas and Paul moved to Woodstock, NY. Eric had been splitting time with the non-failed band Chainsaw Kittens.
Members of both bands have recently re-formed as the new incarnation Chop Shop (http://www.myspace.com/geartest), which have been recording an EP due out soon. They already have written about 'two CDs worth of music.' And been trying to squeeze onto sets 'whenever Mike Watts comes to VZDs.' They have upcoming shows in Dallas, Oklahoma City, Norman and Tulsa
Interview with Eric Harmon
What was your last Biscuits show like? Your first Can't show?
'cinders played in woodstock ny, with paul on bass----at the joyous
lake-hippy dippy--uneventful! well the cant were originally called the unorthodox,then birthday suit, i think it was at the U club in norman-----opening for the wickers------i remember kevin stark screaming at our soundcheck-those drums sound great over and over---l.s.d---maybe!'
Have you ever played in the Oklahoma or Texas panhandle? Ever been to the Oklahoma panhandle?
'cinders played in enid! does that count---we had to whip out some ted nugent for that-never done the panhandle thang! driven through both many a time.'
[note: FBO #001 once fired a member in Enid]
You've played with non-failed bands (eg Chainsaw Kittens). How do you compare failed bands and non-failed ones?
'the kittens did some things i'm proud of, recording in l.a.,mixing at ocean way studios (same one brian wilson used) -opening for iggy pop in 1994-98 shows-u.s.a- a meat puppets tour-meeting,little richard,joey ramone,chris robinson,joe strummer,ric ocasek,david yow,the figgs,graham parker,tommy stinson,---just a few there-----the kittens ended up a failed band!!!!! to look at the music scene today it's all a failure---------tall tales could have been sent out on that road-to get burned to a crispy core--------would that be good?????? pocket bands are the best, from the replacements-to the figgs.......to tall tales!!!!!!!!'
Thanks to Eric and all members of the Cant, Cinder Biscuits and Chop Shop. More to come!
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