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he biggest, sluttiest Halloween parties will likely go down on Halloween Eve (All Hallow's Eve?), since it's a Saturday. But this Sunday the 31st, the RecordBar is hosting a hell of a shindig, with some fine local bands dressed up as their musical idols: Tut Tut as Violent Femmes
, the Grisly Hand as Gram Parsons
and Emmylou Harris
, and the New Riddim as the Slackers
Wayward caught up with Conor and Daniel Loftus of the New Riddim last week to discuss the show.
How'd the Halloween show come up?
Daniel: Our friends in the Grisly Hand mentioned they were thinking about doing a special Halloween show and asked us if we were interested. They were really the ones who set up the dates got this thing going. And eventually somebody thought it'd be cool if all the bands on the bill performed as a band that really influenced them.
Why the Slackers?
Daniel: The Slackers mean a lot to us both creatively and personally. They've gotten us through some hard times, and I wanted to honor them.
How do you mean personally?
Daniel: I can just relate with a lot of the lyrics. The lead singer sings about his father a lot - he was very close with his father. And Conor and I both recently lost our father, about eight months ago. He's singing about asking his father for advice, about these good memories, about his dad teaching him about being a man. Ideas like standing up for yourself and standing up for what's right, but through peaceful means. And I personally really identify with that.
So you immediately knew you wanted to cover the Slackers?
Conor: We talked it over. The Clash was another band we thought about. But we're a ska band with a brass section, so we didn't think it was as good of a fit.
Have you seen the Slackers a bunch of times before?
Conor: We actually just saw them in St. Louis not too long ago. Pretty much our entire band drove out there - this big crew of KC people. It was a great show.
Daniel: I think that was my fourth time seeing them. I first saw them when I was 14, and I snuck into a 21-and-over show in Lawrence. I definitely have fond memories of that - being this young, punk rudeboy. And over the years I've met them and hung out with them several times. They're great guys. We actually told them about this [Halloween] gig when we saw them in St. Louis.
What'd they say?
Conor: They told us we better be stylin'. They've got these thick Brooklyn accents and they were like, "Don't half-ass it - you gotta bring the style!"
Do you guys already know all the songs or are you having to learn them?
Daniel: We're learning a lot of them and rehearsing. It's coming along well. I'm very proud of our band. The show should be great. We'll be playing all the songs you want to hear. Everybody should bring their dancing shoes.