Wandering around North Texas, escaped gorillas are playing monkey-surf-garage-rock to amazed crowds – capturing the child-like spirit of music while wearing fez hats.
The playful energy on stage supplied by The GO-GO Rillas (and their dancers, the GO-GO Galrillas) fed the clamoring crowd, who came out in droves to dance.
Their next shows are June 3 at Trinity Park (Fort Worth) for the Fort Worth Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff event, June 17 at 4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge (Arlington), and July 1 at Killers Tacos (Denton) with The Two Watts and Toxic Madness.
Fort Worth’s Mean Motor Scooter has been hard at work on a new album called Day Dreamer, which will include over 11 songs total (with some interludes).
KXT also premiered the music video for “Slacker” in September of 2022.
“As for the vibe of the [new] record,” MMS leader Sammy Kidd said, “I wanted it to flow almost like one song. I didn’t want it to be boring, so I change it up plenty. But it’s a record, so I want the one full piece to be one thing. It all lives in the same universe.”
The album is about daydreaming (as the title suggests), but also about living inside your head, sometimes disassociating, and realizing that imagination is a beautiful thing.
“Consciousness is something we receive,” Kidd said. “Our brains are like a radio. I think it’s the point to life, the only meaning you can prescribe to it.”
“I want this record to have a feeling throughout. Living can mean a lot of things to many different people. But we all know what it feels like to feel alive,” Kidd said.
The writing of the record came in cycles, as Kidd started, finished, rewrote, reorganized, wrote new songs, nixed songs and whittled the pile of over 50 songs into a cohesive collection.
MMS’s new drummer Mike Surdel “raised the bar for professionalism,” Kidd said. “Mike has great ideas, and it’s always something that works. It’s neat that he’s definitely on the same page as us.”
A new yet-to-be-named lead guitarist will be joining the band soon, and will be lending their talents to the upcoming record as well.
“I wanted to write this record since I was 15 [years old],” Kidd said. “This is the music I would’ve written for myself at 15. The original reason I wanted to start playing music was to do this record. It’s an ode to my 15 year old self. Whenever ‘Wastoid’ did well [last year], it warmed my heart. I thought, ‘This is the time to put this record out.’ I’m over the moon.”
Catch Mean Motor Scooter June 1 at House of Blues (Cambridge Room) opening up for Olivia Jean.
Jessica Waffles is a freelance photographer/videographer and regular contributor to KXT.
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