Stonechat Releases BACCO Tonight at Cafe Ventana; Preview A Track and its New Comic

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Stephen Houldsworth
What I like most about St. Louis is...
Sean Ballard: the way the city looks and feels. It is a cool old city that is big enough for me to get lost in and continuously realize I haven't seen every part of. And it's also small enough for a person's individual voice to be heard. It isn't hard to find people passionate about what they are doing here.

My favorite aspect of being in a band is... the babes. I don't know, sticking it to "the man" or whatever by getting people to see my shows and to buy "the man's" beer while they are at it. Honestly, I don't really know. I enjoy making music with my friends, and it is a way to get some things out of my head that have no place being there.

I've learned the most from... trial by error. I pretty much expect with any idea I have that it isn't going to work right away, and it isn't going to happen without help. I am learning to be patient.

The St. Louis music scene could use... more musicians/artists/bands/showgoers that care less about their specific place in the scene and more about making the whole thing thrive for everyone. It isn't that what you are doing isn't important and that I don't care about it, but it's not the most important thing happening ever. Put love and pride in everything you do, but humility and selfless work goes a lot farther and is much better for our city. Be good to touring bands, treat them 100 times better than you would want to be treated while out on the road, and then go tour and talk about St. Louis!


Video by Graham Matthews

The best post-show food is... Circle K down the road from my house.

The most memorable show I've ever played was... in Carbondale, Illinois. Charlie and I were in a different band before Stonechat and as we were setting up to play, a bar fight broke out where a man was struck with a pool cue and actually died. He hit the ground and the whole room was silent. There was a pool of blood on the floor, and the bartender motioned for us to start as they were carrying his body outside. After we played, Charlie went to get a beer and a guy sitting in the bar asked if he was in the last band. Charlie answered, "Yes," to which the man replied, "You guys sucked."

Five current artists worth listening to are... Yowie, Pat Sajak Assassins, Crucial, Trauma Harness, Britches.

Read on for upcoming show information as well as a preview of BACCO, an accompanying comic mini-series to the album drawn by local artist Curtis Tinsley.

Location Info

Cafe Ventana

3919 W Pine Blvd, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

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