There's a reason everyone wants to be a rock star.
Travel the world and play music to adoring fans throwing nothing but love (and maybe the occasional piece of underwear) at you? Yes, please.
The reality for most touring musicians is far less glamorous than the fantasy, of course. Life as a touring musician might be hard, but it still involves traveling the world, meeting people, and rocking out, which can't be all that bad. As fans, we often hear the music and not much else from the bands we like, but what fills in the gaps between albums is often as fascinating as the songs.
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With that in mind, we are proud to announce DRAWL!, a video series that focuses on the odd and exciting experiences that make life in a band interesting. By mixing first-person storytelling with animation, DRAWL! hopes to show that these artists’ lives can be just as engaging as their music.
The project is the brain child of Robbie Pfeffer, the lead singer for Valley punk sweethearts Playboy Manbaby. Pfeffer's history in the music scene runs deeper than that, of course. Through his label Rubber Brother Records he has released dozens of Valley bands on cassette, and until it was shut down he operated the DIY space Parliament in Tempe. He produced an animation series for Burger Records, and he currently does some part-time work for Stateside Presents.
In this episode, Hardly Art recording artist Shannon & the Clams tell of some strange soup that was served in an Alpine venue that was once a chocolate factory. Enjoy.