“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.” ~ Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)
Wils Quinn is a student at UK who works with me. He’s also a drummer in a band called Johnny Conqueroo. I’ve been hearing about them for a few years. They’re sons of players who were around town when we were playing in town ( that was a long time ago). Wils gave me a copy of their latest EP and I had a chance to listen to it today. I love this band! Listening was like tripping down memory lane. They remind me of some 80’s punk bands if they’d been polished up just a little bit. And they really remind me of being in bands in the 80’s; when we played for hours, trying hard to get that sound. It was especially cool to hear this today as it’s Kiya’s birthday. When I met her, Radio Cafe had just released their EP that was heavily influenced by reggae, punk, and pop. That was an interesting combination to say the least. Johnny Conqueroo has got loads of 60’s rock influences with a good dose of heavy. Just the way I like it. Here’s a video of their single, Brick. I’m totally in love with the fact that there are still some kids in a garage somewhere thrashing it out, old school, and making their way without a formula. It’s a wonderful antidote to what passes for music these days. I know that makes me sound like an old fogey, but so be it. I hope they never stop playing. Wils Quinn for the win!