I stumbled upon this band by pure accident one night while recollecting my college days and the bands that I loved at the time. I remembered a band named Protein out of Austin, Texas. They were a interesting band that sang catchy hard songs about “Lemonade” and “Sitting on the Roof of a Mexican Restaurant”, and other random things. Of their two albums released, 1997’s Ever Since I Was A Kid and 1999’s Songs About Cowgirls, Cowgirls remains to be one of my all time favorites. Sadly, Protein was a band who’s members (although very talented) and contribution were simply overlooked; their demise (in my opinion) was simply being among too many bands being released at one time. Although they had a very short life in band years, they did produce some quality music that you should take the time to discover.
Of the members of the band, the highlight would be the main vocalist and lead guitar player Josh Zee. Zee’s talent is reflected in those two albums and really created a unique, fresh, and fun sound of for the band. Protein was a bit of alternative, a bit of jazz, and Texas blues/rock all rolled up into one. To my surprise and delight, Zee has started another venture called The Mother Truckers based out of Austin, TX. Although I have not had a chance to listen to any of their albums, I do like what I hae heard through their website (www.themothertruckers.com); the songs from their most recent release Van Tour (2010), specifically Break-Up Sex and Alien Girl are fun, energetic, and really show how much fun Zee’s newest project probably is live.
The Mother Truckers clearly are a culmination of modern country, Texas roadhouse rock, and something all their own. Clearly there is a lot of passion, energy, and forethought put into the arrangements of their songs. The band appears to have kicked off a tour this summer and it looksl like most is focused on Texas and California cities. I do hope that the band swings by the East Coast and performs a date in HiFi’s city of Albany, NY.
Here are the dates reflected on their website as of 6/17/2010:
|Jun 26, 2010||9:00 PM||Antone’s Night Club||Austin, TX||
|OFFICIAL CD RELEASE PARTY!!|
|Jul 15, 2010||10:00 PM||The Continental Club Houston||Houston, TX|
|Jul 16, 2010||9:00 PM||The Aardvark||Fort Worth, TX|
|Jul 17, 2010||11:00 PM||The Boiler Room||Denton, TX|
|Jul 18, 2010||9:00 PM||Scout Bar||San Antonio, TX|
|Jul 30, 2010||9:00 PM||Threadgill’s World Headquarters||Austin, TX|
|Aug 5, 2010||TBA||Rhythm Room||Phoenix, AZ|
|Aug 11, 2010||TB||Harlow’s||Sacramento, CA|
|Aug 12, 2010||TBA||Moe’s Alley||Santa Cruz, CA|
|Aug 13, 2010||TBA||19 Broadway||Fairfax, CA|
|Aug 14, 2010||9:00 PM||Slims||San Francisco, CA|
|Aug 15, 2010||9:00 PM||McNear’s Mystic Theatre||Petaluma, CA|
|Aug 18, 2010||TBA||Belly Up Tavern||Solana Beach, CA|
|Aug 28, 2010||11:30 PM||The Continental Club Austin||Austin, TX|
|Sep 13, 2010||TBA||AMAGER BIO|
|Sep 14, 2010||TBA||Fermaten|
|Sep 15, 2010||TBA||POSTEN|
|Sep 16, 2010||TBA||Tobakken|
|Sep 17, 2010||TBA||Kulturhuset Pavillonen|