Before there were the quirky, kind of snotty (but in a good way) stylings of Japanic, there was de Schmog, Houston's avatars of boy-girl weirdo pop for the young inner loop scenesters. Coming close to having a residency at Rudyard's in the early 90's, de Schmog developed a loyal following among the Montrose artsy-fartsy crowd, many of whom have longstanding Rudyard's residencies of their own, if only at the beer tap.
The band rehearsed and hung out at Kilian's rented house on Lexington Street. Across the way, funk legend Sprawl had a band house. Members of the two groups interacted regularly on Lexington as did many Houston musicians. de Schmog recorded its first release "de Schmog, anyone?" in the de Schmog house with Sprawl's Nick Cooper engineering the project from the Sprawl House with a snake of recording cables strung across the road by way of tree branches so the trucks could still pass by. de Schmog followed up "de Schmog, anyone?" with a seven inch - "the New Johnny Bravo." The first song on this single, "House on Fire," references the burning of a house on Lexington. Not long after the record release, the Sprawl House burned to its brick frame. de Schmog followed "the New Johnny Bravo" with a full length CD, "Ed" - named after the band's friend Ed Goleman who provided them with the lyrics to one of their popular live songs, "John Hinkely." "The New Johnny Bravo" and "Ed" were recorded at Deep Dot Studio with Redo Makeshift - an engineer whose time was cheap but his ability to understand the bands and make the sessions fun was everything. The band enjoyed working so much with Redo and his wife Kay Bonya that they persuaded the couple to reproduce their studio inside the band's van so de Schmog could record their rock opus "de Schmog Fairytale" live at Rudyard's Pub in Houston. "de Schmog Fairy Tale" is a forty minute rock opera of sex, marriage, loneliness, sexual confusion, and adultery. It features the Sprawl horn section, back up vocalists, a wolfman, and a fairy tale book compiled of poster size pages individually created by band members, friends, and area artists. de Schmog's last recording, "Kiddie Wonderland" was done at Scott Ayer's (Pain Teens, Walking Time Bombs, Truth Decay) home studio. The intention was to make this recording a pop extravaganza. de Schmog relied heavily on Scott Ayer's studio magic and producing skills. de Schmog has performed at the CMJ Marathon in NYC, the New Music Festival in NYC, and twice at SXSW.
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