The group's expansion is part of what caused executive director Ben Rogers, who tends bar at the Chat Room Pub , to factor out the live music at that Fort Worth bar to make time for new projects under the fast-growing tree that is Mission Co-Op. (Read more about the news where we did, at DC9 At Night.)
The not for profit corporation and public charity now fuels the Metrognome Collective, One Hundred Second Dash, an audio micro-compilation project of song snippets via zip file, and the new Real Vinyl Label with its first release forthcoming. So Rogers, who's lived in the Fairmount district for seven years and put his own artistic pursuits aside for the most part as he took the lead role with Metrognome in September of 2007, has much to oversee.
BR: As far as locals go, this is a dream bill for me. There were two other bands I really wanted, but were on tour (Orange Coax and Drug Mountain.) [Note: These bands have signed on to play the final Chat Room show, listed below the Q&A.] Why are these bands close to my heart? Have you heard them? Are you kidding me? These are some of few artists in North Texas who are obviously genuinely concerned with challenging themselves, their medium, and their audience. That attitude embodies one of the deeper spirits of art in my opinion.
BR: Man, there are two that stick out to me: One, Psychedelic Horseshit, Teenage Cool Kids, Fabulous Diamonds. All of the bands were just ON. And two, Daniel Francis Doyle, Farrah, Rival Gang, Drug Mountain, Orange Coax. I got blamed for sloppy sets at this show, as I'd forced half of the bands to get drunk at my house before even showing up to the bar. Also, DFD is one of the most amazing live performers I've seen. It was such an awkward night, which made everything feel more like a party to me.
BR: Without promising anything, Arduino is the future, and I don't know anyone teaching anything about it in NTX. (From the program's Web site: Arduino an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.)
The final three Chat Rooms shows are must-sees, and we've listed them below for easy access.
Saturday, July 18: Ben Rogers Presents: My Birthday, a Metrognome benefit. (All proceeds benefit Metrognome Collective) Fight Bite, Akkolyte, Darktown Strutters, Eat Avery's Bones, The Great Tyrant, Personal Victories of George Quartz. $5. 8PM.
Wednesday, July 29: Rival Gang, Orange Coax, Drug Mountain, Lychgate, Oicho Kabu. $5.