It’s time to shake the dust out of the dark.
Fill my coat with the ashes of oak,
and hold the nightingale’s beak
Possibly the most integral part of On The Cooling Board is the mysterious Spooky T. Chain.
Many people have asked over the years for more information about Spooky, and he has finally agreed to allow me to briefly expound upon his life and travels thus far.
This is a picture of Spooky and I as On The Cooling Board, taken at Clark Park Fest by our good friend Dani from Lover’s League
Spooky Theodore Chainsbottom was born in Saginaw, Michigan in the Spring of 1983. Theo, as he was referred to by his family, was a quiet child born to an upper-middle class home. His father Marley Chainbottom was part of the big brass of the General Motors factories located in Saginaw, who helped oversee the sweeping layoffs in the mid- to late 1980’s. His mother is said to have died in childbirth along with a younger brother when Spookywas only nine years old.
Suffering the loss of his mother defined most of his adolescence. Spooky began to feel as though he could not relate to his peers and became increasingly introspective. Spooky’s father, who dealt with the death of his wife with the abuse of prescription pain killers, began to fear for teenage Spooky’s well being as the two grew more and more distant. In 1999 Spooky Theodore Chainsbottom joined his first band, Dumb Blood.
Dumb Blood were a mix of Sunny Day Real Estate era Emo and DIY Hardcore a-la Minor Threat. Spooky initially joined the band as a roadie and after becoming a more proficient percussionist than the string of high-school junkie drummers previously hired, he played his first show in September of 2000.
Well folks. The man is getting restless so thats about all we have for today, but I look forward to sharing more about the interesting life that has begat my friend Spooky till now.
Last weekend me and Spooky took part in Make Music Philly, a free all-day festival that took part all over our surrogate hometown.
Later in the night we took the train on down to The Institute Bar, a favorite bar of ours to get beers. Spooky took some well needed rest while I stomped and hollered with an acoustic guitar.
We had a great time and can’t wait for more shows (hopefully in your city soon) and we will definitely be out at Make Music Philly 2015.
Big things in June y’all.
Playing two, count em, two shows on the 21st! One around 1:30 PM at this super cool festival in Clark Park and one around 6:30 PM at The Institute Bar
Remember to check out the tour page, and to follow us on all the social media linked on the left there.
See y’all there!
This Winter has been a cold one. Between snow, ice, and sub-zero wind chills I haven’t wanted to do much but listen to Soul music and drink hot tea.
In other news Bekuh and I are moving to a new spot in Philly, that will include a new studio space for each of us. With that being said the full album might get pushed back till a little later in the Spring but I PROMISE new songs by the end of March!
As we stare this New Year in the face the true start of Winter slips by almost unnoticed. Old Jack Frost is here to chill your bones for a while.
So warm up with good plans for a fine year. Start off well and take it one day at a time. Get warm beside someone who wants to stay warm beside you. Play. Invent. Go on adventures. Listen to music you think is great. Eat well. Stay fit. Make new stories, tell old stories, and listen to twice as many as you tell. Have a damn good time.
When you see Jack Frost offer him a drink and a sleigh ride, the thaw will be here before you know it.
Happy New Year!
Everyone needs a little practice. I have been wrapping gifts for at least the past 20 years. This year is the first I have managed to look like it was completed by a sentient being with motor skills. It has taken hard work and determination, but friends I stand before you a better, more steady handed man.
Even reindeer have to get a little practice in. I can assure you they don’t spend all year at the North Pole just playing reindeer games. The big game is coming up for those guys and their coach is counting on them being at their best.
So while you practice your best smile for the impending photographs, or practice keeping your mouth shut about whatever political discussion happens with your families, keep ol’ Dasher and his crew in mind as they prepare to make the big leap and carry the big guy to boys and girls around the world.
We are starting to amass a small hoard of house plants. From our hanging basket filled with parsley, so some english ivy that has rallied from near death multiple times our one window is our garden haven.
This Christmas Cactus is a favorite of mine. We didn’t get any blooms this year but, it will be around to try again for many years to come.
With Christmastime coming take time to be with your loved ones and reflect on the year you’ve had and the year to come. Oh, and water your plants.
We had the first snow of the year yesterday here in Philly.
I like changing weather. Too much sun, rain, wind, or snow is a little dull.
We went out in the snow and trounced around awhile, and then warmed up with cider. Nellie put on her best sled dog impression and marked everything as hers. It was all new territory after all.
If you are in Philly come out to this house show on Saturday for a good time with a bunch of neat people. ALso maybe a Christmas song?
Organization. Easy to talk about, hard (for me at least) to always follow through with. Earlier in my life I bought countless notebooks with the intention of filling them, write half a verse and lose them in the calamity of my possessions.
Inspired by the organization of an artist I truly admire (my wife Bekuh), I am trying to fill a sketch book before I move to another one. Drawing is great exercise for me. It keeps me putting pen to paper even when the songwriting isn’t coming. I am also carrying a pocket notebook for song ideas now. Although I have seen some folks just use their phone as a tape recorder, and am tempted to just start hollering Biblical allusions at my phone in public.
Hope y’all had a good Thanksgiving!