Sowash is a difficult man to anger. Thats a lie. You can
piss off Kyle pretty quickly, but to make him hate you, now thats
an accomplishment. However, Kyle isnt a man to piss off;
hes becoming a dentist. Even though he lives in Columbus,
Ohio, you never know when (or where) youll need a root canal.
When that painful time comes, you better hope you havent
used to put on rock concerts when I lived in Lubbock, Texas. I
did this because good bands never swung through my corner of the
Lone Star State. There just werent any venues. So, I rented
a space and started hosting shows. For the most part, bands were
grateful. But for every nine cool bands, there was one band that
made you want to vomit. And one such bilious band is Long Islands
own Errortype: II.
had received their CD in the mailit wasnt too bad,
but it wasnt too good. Think bland mid-90s pop punk with
emo leanings. Anyway, they were traveling through Texas and wanted
shows. I offered Lubbock. They agreed. I tossed several local
bands on the bill and then flyered the hell out of the concert.
the show rolled around and so did Errortype: II. After mocking
the space, Errortype: II started whining because not more than
20 people showed up. I suggested maybe Bush, who was playing across
town that night, had stolen some of their crowd. I think the singer,
Arty, thought I was joking, or just couldnt face the fact
that Gavin Rossdale outdrew them. The truth was, Long Island was
a long way from western Texas.
it was Errortype: IIs turn to play, they felt it was a hassle
to move all their gear from the van. Instead, they decided, in
Artys words, to play a "rare acoustic set." "Were
the fucking Goo Goo Dolls," he added. Sadly enough, the Goo
Goo Dolls they were not. After cracking a few jokes about how
people mustve "done some fucked up shit in their past
lives to wind up in a place like Lubbock," Errortype: II
played an Oasis cover and a smattering of songs that even a mother
couldnt love. And then their special acoustic set was over.
the band crashed at my friend Seans house. Arty repeatedly
offended people with remarks about how "Mexicans work for
two cents a day sweeping streets and they LOVE it" and how
"A womans place is in the kitchen." Arty convinced
my friend Steven to see who could drink the most flaming Dr. Peppers.
Arty won because Steven decided to pass out after five. With Steven
passed out, Arty tried to get Melanie, Stevens wife, to
"go out to the van" with him. She said, "no."
He got pissed.
II, I hate you.