Interview with DARKTOWN STRUTTERS

Kara Howell and Wes Darrin are Darktown Strutters.  Horror and House. House and Horror.

What’s up:

Nuffin’

Where are you from:

The Metroplex

Where are you now:

Oak Cliff/Ghetto (the “cool” part of Dallas)

How long have you been at it:

since 2-08

What got you started:

That Old Black Magic and a Yamaha Electone

What else do you do:

I book shows for a tiny, black-lit dive bar in the ghetto called Tradewinds Social Club, as well as co-host Video Rehab with Tommy Blackburn. Wes plays drums in a side-project with George Quartz & friends.

How do you keep it together:

I am a force that cannot be stopped. Like a bb gun that shoots crooked. Living together also helps.

What are you reading:

Drawing Joan, Reading Jackie

What comedy and/or comedians are you into:

Werner Herzog

What are you listening to, lately:

At the very moment, Bagarre, The Monochrome Set, Virna Lindt, X-Mal Deutschland, Sheena Easton, Salem, Nite Jewel, Lou Champagne Sound System, Todd Tamanend-Clark, Venom, Nancy Fortune, J.B Hutto..Samantha Sang’s ‘Emotions’ gets played about eleven-hundred times a day around here.

What art, if any, you seen worth talking about:
(Wes) Lizzy Wetzel’s Secret Museum of Mankind, George Quartz’s crabs, Tommy Boy’s visuals, Ted Setina’s Dark Energy, Nina Harp’s paintings, Owleyes, Kendra is Magick, Rachel Cox’s photos, and M.
Worked any fucked-up jobs? Do tell:
(Kara) One of my first jobs was at a porno shop, so I was technically a jizz-mopper. I also worked for a year as a phone sex operator for a fetish line. The sex industry is always pretty solid.

Played any fucked-up shows:

We scored a gig while in New Orleans to play Mr.Quintron’s birthday party–It was fucked-up in a good way. Fucked-up-in-a-bad-way is every time we’ve played this shitty club in Deep Ellum called The Lounge. Hot probs, bad vibes…We were lucky enough to play with Twisted Wires there, though! I have a lot of love for the people who made that possible.

With whom, if anyone, do you roll:

Prince William, Tommy Boy, Kim ‘n’ Dave, DJ Wild in the Streets (Lisa Bush), George Quartz, the illustrious Ben Rogers, & the PVC Street Gang

Where are you headed:

The studio

Where is the rest of it headed:

Court

What can you do about it:

“Shitter was full”

Are there any people you’d like to mention who’ve helped you work it out:

Jay Jernigan & Jimi Bowman from Klearlight Studio, Daniel Rodrigue at The Dallas Observer, Tommy Blackburn, DJ Rusty Lazer, Ken Arkwell, Ben Aqua, Ben Rogers, Meggie Hilkert, Martin Wynne, 20jazzfunkgreats, arawa.fm, KNON, and Christopher Mosley.

People to look for:

Damaged Good$ (Dallas), No Mas Bodas (Austin), The Great Tyrant (Fort Worth), /TENSE/ (Houston),

Anything you have in the works, on the ready, or on the horizon:

Just signed a contract with Klearlight Studio to press our vinyl..Signing another contract with Matt Halverson in Sacramento, CA, who is currently managing Neon Indian.. Playing lotsa shows to pay the billz.

Anything else you want to pass on: Witchcraft works, and ghosts are real.

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