Published on Oct 4, 2012
Funkabilly informed blues; that's what you get with this week's guest band in The Garage. The Hares are a collection of some of the most unique musicians the Alamo City has to offer.
Be it personality, style or destiny, this rambunctious bunch has set out to do something different, while respecting the past.
"All of our friends really like it," explained singer and piano player Harvey McLaughlin. "And that's important because they come from the same sort of places we do. They're very enthusiastic."
So what's the inspiration?
"When we started the idea of switching vocals, we were listening to a lot of The Band, a lot of Rockpile, Blasters -- things like that," said McLaughlin. "But the horns are -- by far -- the highlight of the show."
So what led them to add a horns section?
"Well, why not? We feel like the whole vibe of the band has been elevated," said McLaughlin. "We have some songs that weren't coming together, but the second we put that brass on there, it was a whole different ballgame."
You be the judge. Stop by Hi Tones (621 E. Dewey) Friday night. It's an all Garage alumni show! Slick Dickens, Knockin Chucks and The Hares. If you miss that, Jump on 35 North next Saturday and stop at the Legendary White Swan in Austin to watch The Hares play the Corn Lover's Fiesta.
Harvey McLaughlin: Piano/Vocals
Richard Rodriguez: Standup drums
Walter Sandoval: Trumpet
Mike Chia: Slide Trombone
Richie Brown: Upright Bass/Vocals
Buddy Parland: Guitar/Vocals
Are you in a band or know of somebody here in San Antonio that should spend some time in our garage? Please let us know! Email MichaelBotsford@woaitv.com.