Shock: Tulsa mourns the loss of two of our better bands...
First we bid adieu to Glen Strain. Their show at Boston’s on Saturday night, May 14 with Wreckless Process and Fair to Midland marked the end of the line for “The Strain Train”. Sometimes you can see band dissolutions coming and other times there are no signs. This one came out of left field, though. The band has been fairly quiet on the live front recently, reportedly working on a new CD that many (including myself) were looking forward to. Whether that material will ever see the light of day, either via a “posthumous” release or under the guise of a new project in the future, is yet to be seen. You can count this one as a hard shot to the jaw for Tulsa’s hard-rock scene. The guys in Strain are young but have serious chops and had a solid following. No word yet as to what’s next for these guys, but I can’t imagine that we won’t see the band members re-appear in other projects later this summer. The question will be: can they come back with anything as strong as The Strain?
If you weren’t at Boston’s for that show, then I hope you at least made it out to Mayfest this past Saturday night to catch TRB’s final gig. Yes, you read that correctly. TRB has been folded away and put to rest. If Glen Strain came out of left field, the TRB break up came out of nowhere, like bricks falling from the sky. TRB’s self-titled disc was easily one of the best local CD’s to come out of Tulsa last year. With the amount of time the band put into recording and production, I’m still having a hard time believing that they’ve hung it up. The band had stepped up it’s gigging schedule in past couple of months, having played Boston’s, The Venue and 1974 recently, even doing a show in Joplin within the last month or so. All indications from the local buzz and the band’s website indicate that a tentative June date at Boston’s was nixed and Mayfest was effectively the band’s farewell.
What precipitated the band’s unraveling is up for speculation, for the band has been fairly tight-lipped about the whole thing. Perhaps it’s frustration setting in as the band released a stellar disc last November, even garnering daytime spins on local radio, and yet Tulsa audiences, by and large, just didn’t seem to catch on. At least wrapping it up at Mayfest let the band say goodbye in front of large hometown crowd. Of course artists are always prone to change their minds, so perhaps after a little rest we’ll see them back in action, but at the moment that seems like a stretch. As for now, the great white hope for seeing Tulsa explode on the modern rock scene has given up the ghost.
Rumor has it that Clovis may be in the rocks as well, with Greg Hosterman working on a new project with Paul Christiano and Brad Mitcho. Of course, at this point, all is speculative. Hopefully my “dead pool” theories are wrong and we’ve already sustained our losses for the summer. For now, however, let’s hang out heads in a moment of silence for the loss of a couple of Tulsa’s heaviest hitters.
by G.K. Hizer
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