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10 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Warchild

 

I’m too tired from the work week (I write these things ahead of time, it is currently Saturday and I am still recovering from a sixteen hour day yesterday) to think of anything witty to start with for Warchild, so I’ll just give you their Dragon*Con profile:

“Warchild is an Atlanta based rock band with a new sound and new idea. Fronted by Steven Warchild who has been quoted as saying “We have something to say not just something to show.” Warchild has a sound that stays with you and a devoted cult following with fans from all around the world.  With two full length CD‘s out that have sold over 12,000 copies and a third on the way it’s easy to see why fans are excited for future. For more information on the band, visit http://www.officialwarchild.com.”

Man, I hope they are a heavy metal band.  Their lead singer, Steven Warchild, totally looks like he’d be a metalhead.  Shall we see?

Eh, kind of metal?  Kind of emo?  Very music video set in New Orleans.

Sort of um, a less interesting, less good version of A Perfect Circle, maybe?  I only have one of their albums by the way, so maybe that isn’t the best comparison.

All the other hits when I search “war child” on youtube are like, sad documentaries of people from Sudan.   And I’m not really digging the music (OR THE LONG HAIR I just don’t get long hair on guys.  Keep it like, Thor or Loki length or shorter people for serious).

Talking points:

–Warchild is a band, not a documentary about Sudanese child soldiers.

–Sort of sounds like A Perfect Circle.

–Lead singer has long hair.

No thumbs.  Don’t think I’ll be tracking them down at Dragon*Con.

 

Durham Does Mardi Gras

Tonight Durham had its first (hopefully annual) Mardi Gras parade (and celebration!)!

The Bull in the plaza downtown got decked out for it.

I actually really love Mardi Gras.  I like big commotions and shiny things and excuses to dress up and have fun.  I’ve even been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans twice, I had a friend that went to Tulane and I made sure to take advantage.  HERE ARE SOME PICTURES:

Ah, youth! Okay, nostalgia trip over!

So like I said, Durham got really into Mardi Gras this year!  And I was all about it! After work Jon and I headed to the Fullsteam/Motorco area, where parties were starting and where a million food trucks were lined up.  And by a million I mean like seven but WHATEVER GUYS, Fat Tuesday means that the short rib quesadilla and duck fat tots from Ko Kyu food truck (I wrote about it in this post from last summer)  are 100% justified.  Jon and I hung at Fullsteam a bit, eating our food truck food and drinking some Fullsteam beer.  Well, I don’t like beer, so he drank the beer.

ALSO, Fullsteam had several King Cakes for the taking.  King Cakes, for those of you who don’t know, are these danish-tasting, sugary concoctions with icing in the shade of Mardi Gras colors and also some sprinkles.  Each King Cake has a little plastic baby in it, and if you get the baby you win luck and fortune and good things.  So Fullsteam had a bunch of King Cakes cut up and you could just take a piece. And guess what y’all, I GOT THE DAMN BABY:

I got the baby!

I mean I don’t even like King Cake, guys, I really just grabbed a slice at random to see if I could maybe get the baby (heh, that rhymes) and I totally got the baby.  Because I got the baby I won a pint of Fullsteam beer, which I naturally gave to Jon because I don’t drink beer.  Anyways, not a bad way to kick off the Mardi Gras evening!

We walked from Fullsteam over to the plaza in downtown Durham with the big awesome bull and its giant balls (I love this statue), where people were massing for a Mardi Gras parade that would be led by the Bulltown Strutters, a sort of paradey band with lots of brass and drums and like, good things.  I’m not entirely sure how to describe them but they were really, really, really good.  The parade was set to start at 7:00, and by quarter til the plaza was starting to fill up.

I wanted her wings.

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