|Good Times for Badhouse|
|Written by Jason Daniel Baker|
|Sunday, 04 September 2016 04:00|
There is a certain reassurance that comes from seeing a worthy bunch of people do well after putting in time and effort in a chosen field they love. I, and other contributors, get a chance to write about it on Uber Rock regularly as we cover bands around the world. Giving such a nod is not done as a favor for people who are merely nice and carry themselves professionally. They have to rock too.
Case in point Badhouse - a trio of ornery Texas hombres interpreting their own unique brand of soulful heavy southern blues rock in the tradition of Texas trios like ZZ Top and the lesser known Blackhorse. Anyone can relate to these hard working family men who are focused on keeping the commitments they have made to the people they care about. But the mystique that surrounds these working-class heroes has little to do with the way they live their lives off stage.
Magic comes out in live performance and in studio. An uncommon synergy is found in their groove. Hearing their sound makes it clear they have tried to make music everyone can relate too and enjoy. But they found something in themselves composing together and drew an audience in which continues to grow as they tour parts of the south east in addition to their stronghold in the Houston area rock scene.
They have debuted their first EP, a self-titled four-track release this year. CD includes tracks 'Gone' (my favorite cut), 'Swinging Doors', 'Crawling', and 'Ain't Shopping'. The spirit of the beautiful southern rock I sought out growing up is found within it. The inventiveness of Badhouse's take complete with delicious guitar licks won me over.
To think that it just started with two brothers jamming together (Richard Gomez was 17, his baby brother Alex was 11) learning to play and having fun doing covers echoes the stories of countless brother combinations in rock 'n' roll history. With drummer Jason Garcia the current line-up of Badhouse is a tight firm blessed with a reassuring familiarity and comraderie.
Having opened for acts as diverse and well-known as Skid Row and Shooter Jennings and having played places so out of the way that the sight of armadillos traveling in packs is common, the path Badhouse is taking is a fascinating one to follow. They'll make the most of their opportunities and sweet music along with it.