Jay Dubya Hyde, Andy Smith, and I have started a couple of podcasts. The GAD!Cast is a podcast centered around the three of us talking about creating art (our bands, our zines, this site), local art (musicians, writers, visual artists, etc.), and just whatever interests us (comics, video games, movies, calling each other stupid). In general, GAD!Cast is weekly and appears on YouTube, Soundcloud, and the podcast app.
Our other podcast is GAD!Cast Radio, and it airs every
Thursday night at 8:30 pm Central on PoDunkRadio.com. We play a ton of music. Most of it local. All of it excellent. You still get our inane chatter but in smaller doses and with music in between to cleanse the pallet. We highly recommend that ya'll check out PoDunk Radio. They play lots of punk rock 24-7 and have several excellent shows, like our fave, Sick Boys Radio.
Aside from those projects, we've put out two issues of our physical GAD!Zine just a month apart from one another. Normally, we aim for releasing ever other month, but Issue 18 was delayed and Issue 19 (with a limited edition color cover) was promised for our annual GAD!Fest, which will be tomorrow. So we had to get that one out in time.
So what is GAD!Fest? It's an annual music experience that is slightly different every year that Salina Brilla makes happen to help earn money for the aforementioned print zine. While the events
vary, three things are always present:
1. Killer music
2. Lots of Zines
This year's GAD!Fest is on October 27th at SideTracks Music Hall in Huntsville, AL. The show starts at 9pm, right after Art Hops Rocket City Punk Rock Flea Market. That's another event that we highly recommend and are proud to associate with. Only $5 at the door. Gotta be 19 or up to get in. So what does this year's GAD!Fest have in store for us?
Tiger Helicide (featuring yours truly)
The Dirty Scavengers
The Devil's Got A Hold On Me
PLUS: The Rocket City Vampire Pageant
PLUS PLUS!!: A raffle with a bunch of cool stuff!
OH YEAH, AND: GAD!Zine Issue 19 with the limited edition cover. We've only made 100 of these things and we numbered them. The only way to get one is to go the show. By the way, the zine is FREE!
Now that all that's outta the way, you may be asking, "What does any of this have to do with the title of this article?". Everything, sorta. In the the past, we've posted articles, reviews, and interviews (mostly taken from the print zine). We will, of course continue to do that, but additionally, we will be including more pieces like this. Blog Posts and Updates, essentially. We try to have a strong presence on social media, but we recognize that not everyone is interested in Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We don't need to be dependent on one or two formats to share our message, anyway.
And what is that message?
Independent art is everywhere and you can do it, too. -Harmless