Blame Someone Else talks changing band names and their upcoming release

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​Their name might not ring a bell but that's probably because they've changed it four times. The DIY group comprised of a former member of the Johnny Holm Band and current members of Shoveldance and PB and the Jam have been traveling around the midwest for a few years, and now the local quintet is prepped to release their first CD under their brand new moniker.

On the latest episode of Radio Noir I sat down with Blame Someone Else to swap a few road stories and discuss their eponymous EP.

You guys have had what, 62 different names? 

Stacy: Yeah, about 63 probably.

How did you get to the point where name "Pogmatone" was out and you became Blame Someone Else?

Beau: I just had a hard time with it for various reasons. I personally never really liked it. It's always one of those things where it's a band name some people are going to like it some people aren't. I was on boat where I didn't so I went with it.

Trent: It's hard to say

Stacy: Yeah, I actually recall we were talking about releasing our first EP. I gave Beau a call talking about web stuff or whatever it was and he just said to me, "Stacy, you know, we should really consider changing it one last time" and I just thought, "Oh God!"

So I think it was a series of us having conversations with people that would see us being unable to pronounce the name... 

Trent: So we changed our name again. Now it's Blame Someone Else and it's better.

Beau: New and improved.

Stacy: It almost in a way, if anyone has followed us from the beginning, there's been a core of the band that has stuck together from when we first started, and there's been a series of names throughout. 

Stacy K and the Groove Stains.

Stacy: Yep, kinda started there. Then it went to Franki Lee and we had a different drummer. John was not in the band or Jay yet, and then it progressed to Blame Someone Else.

What's your craziest road story?

Beau: Billy Bob.

John: Yeah! There was a time. We all travelled back to my hometown, Marinette, Wisconsin, and we played at a bar called, at the time it was called Stampedes, now it's called Loopy's 2, and I think it's under new management. I don't know it changes hands constantly and changes names constantly. When I lived there it was called Good Times but anyways. It's a decent establishment. They have, ya know.

Trent: Beer.

John: Yes lots of beer. The thing is in Wisconsin the band always -- well at least in my hometown -- always no matter what drinks free.

Trent: As much as we want.

John: So we were having fun the whole night. It was a good turn out, but there was two people there especially.

Stacy: Special people.

John: There was a guy who was a self-proclaimed member of the Minneconnie River Rats. He was a river rat. He looked like a river rat. He was a tall lanky guy, went by the name of Billy Bob. Actual name was William Robert. Anyways, he had a girlfriend there with him, and as the night progressed the crowd started loosening up and these two were especially loving what we were doing, and they had no problem telling us that in their own little special way, so his wife, come to find out, was one-legged.

Beau: No that was his girlfriend. He had left his wife.

Stacy: Oh yeah, he had left his wife for the girlfriend, that's true!

John: So he left his wife for this one-legged girl.

Was her name Peg?

John: I can only hope.

Stacy: Eileen maybe?

John: I didn't catch her name, but she's going around the bar flashing everybody. Getting whose ever attention she could get, and she was not a good looking person.

Stacy: She looked fine.

John: I mean she looked like she...

Stacy: Elaborate forward.

John: She looked like she had seen better days.

Beau: She looked like she was from Marinette, Wisconsin.

John: Yeah pretty much, pretty much. Yeah that's pretty much the case, so later on in the night we're to towards the end of our last set, and we see her hopping around the bar. She has her leg off and it's full of beer.

Nice! I thought that's where it was going.

John: Just sitting there drinking beer out of her prosthetic leg.

Beau: Hopping around on one leg on the dance floor.

John: So yeah, that whole night was just one ridiculous thing after another. 

So you guys have a CD release coming up.

Beau: Tuesday, May 19.

Stacy: Thursday.

Beau: Or Thursday.

Stacy: It's ok.

Beau: Thursday, May 19 at the Nomad World Pub.

Trent: We are releasing our five-track self-titled EP.

Where'd you record it?

Stacy: A variety of places actually

John: We started in Columbia Heights in a garage that was once called Ghostnote, and that no longer exists.

Stacy: Yeah, speaking of murder.

Beau: Wait murder?! laughs

Stacy: Every time I used the bathroom in the house

Somebody Got Killed?

Stacy: There was a little bit of a weird vibe there. They didn't have a door they had a curtain, so you just put the curtain across the door, and this older woman lived there with a bunch of dogs and cats.

Beau: She was a horder.

John: That bathroom was completely un-shitable.

Stacy: Yeah just piles of things everywhere. Just like, "Please don't come in. I'm just going to use this and leave."

Beau: The studio none-the-less was very nice.

Stacy: The studio was awesome

John: Wonderful spot. Pretty hard to keep airconditioned but that didn't matter too much.

Beau: We recorded there mainly. Did a lot of the main tracking there. We did a lot of the overdubs there and stuff like that, and then we did more overdubs in Jason's -- who is our drummer and he also engineered the whole thing and mixed it -- a lot of it was done in his basement as well, he's got a little set up there. Pretty much all the same gear except it was just relocated into his basement after Ghostnote didn't work out for silly reasons. The City of Columbia Heights -- it wasn't zoned as a business it was in a residential area -- some silly business like that.

Stacy: We also recorded up at Beau's cabin. We claimed it the Cloverton Ritz... I have to say for my personal memory for that was crazy. We were recording each song. We were doing it  in more of a live way. It was just this little shack. You don't use the restroom in the shack. There's an outhouse. It's very out there/in the middle of the woods, very secluded that kind of thing, and it didn't matter what song we were playing. Not only was the band very in the moment but the cabin itself was just vibrating. Everything was vibrating... even my whole body was vibrating, which was very fun to experience with a band up north in the middle of nowhere.

So what's next for you guys?

John: Try to take over the world.

Beau: More shows, more shows in the summer. We do actually have another EP on the horizon that is recorded and is being mixed. That will be released in the summer, so it's two separate EPs -- all the songs being written along the same time period -- we're doing it as two separate CDs because we actually did this one at the Hideaway, so different kinds of sounds and stuff like that. Maybe we've talked about down the line doing some vinyls having one EP on side and the other EP on the other, fun stuff like that 

Stacy: We filmed everything at the Hideaway so hopefully along with that release hopefully to have, not only do you buy this CD you also get this DVD with video performances. We started working on that as well. We do everything ourselves so obviously we have the CD we're releasing this week done and then in a couple weeks the other one along with some video stuff and who knows from there. Might have this cardboard pop-up.

Children's Book?

Stacy: Yeah, Children's book!



More stories, including tales of a ruthless packs of dogs in Nashville and money stealing promoters high on cocaine, can be heard at the 3:39 mark.


Blame Someone Else CD Release Show May 19 @ Nomad World Pub  The Blame Someone Else CD Release Show has been moved to the 331 Club and postponed to June 23 due to unforeseen circumstances.

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At the risk of sounding like a fanboy, I'm really glad that City Pages has been posting the Radio Noir podcast. I've been a fan of Pat Dougherty's music and podcast for a while now and I'm really glad that I live in a city that is so willing to support local!

Also, a beer-filled peg leg?! I wish I could have seen that. I'm not really familiar with Blame Someone Else or Pogmatone or whatever, but this interview was really entertaining.

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