The Dream of the 90s is Alive at Insomnia Gallery

Last week we (along with Ruiners) helped throw a good old-fashioned Monday Night DIY Rager at Insomnia Gallery to fill a tour date for our new friends in Brooklyn’s A Deer A Horse.

The upside of a DIY show is that you can pretty much do whatever you want! The downside is that you might have to provide the PA.

Life lesson for the day: if someone in the band has to collapse a bunch of mic stands, make sure it’s not anyone who plays guitar.

Owie Ow Ow

Monday, March 11, 2019: Insomnia Gallery (Houston) with Ruiners and A Deer A Horse

Ruiners put out one of the best 2018 LPs in Houston in a year with some pretty stiff competition; frontman Shan Pasha is in the vanguard of young folks making the Houston DIY scene exciting again. Seriously this dude is going nonstop, I think he played like six times in February. It’s the shortest month!!

Omotai had played with them once before a couple of years ago, but Steve Smith was on board for that one due to the then-impending birth of my son. I was glad to share the stage (well, floor) with them this time around, particularly because I was able to capture this clip of Alex losing track of two sticks in a row!

You should probably go buy a copy of Ruiners’ LP Typecast. Just sayin’.

We had been in touch with A Deer A Horse literally for years about doing a show in Houston and I’m so glad we were finally able to make it happen.

I would be very hard-pressed to describe their music concisely. They play with a lot of heavy bands, but they’re not a metal band by any stretch, or even particularly loud. I guess I might put them in the same category as heavy-music-adjacent semi-underground rock artists like Jex Thoth or Young Widows, except minus the goth elements and with a lot more energy. Both Rebecca Satellite and especially Angela Phillips do a great job on the mic- Angela was one of the best rock singers I’ve seen in a while.

If I’d managed to write this last week I’d have recommended that you go see them in Austin last week at one of their numerous SXSW gigs- I saw them at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Friday and they were great- but they have a handful of dates left on this tour if you’re in the Midwest, and they’ll be around for a while I think. Right now they only have a couple of EPs out but I’m guessing we’ll see an LP from them soon, and I for one will be looking forward to it.

The title of this post is a hacky joke referring to the fact that, immediately before our set, came over the PA NOT ONLY the Breeders’ “Cannonball” BUT ALSO Helmet’s “Unsung,” both of which members of Omotai are old enough to play along to unprompted. Which we did.

Here’s our alt-rock cover setlist:

Blackjaw
Green Vial
The Brat
Lurching Away
A Ruined Oak
Andromeda
Get Your Dead Straight


Jamie told me after “Lurching Away” I was playing everything too fast. WHATEVER DAD.

Thanks to Chris & Insomnia, John & Deep End, Shan & Ruiners, Philip for running sound, Jason for loaning us a PA and George for lights, and especially to A Deer A Horse for asking us to do this gig. It was a blast.