Fact: I suck at making posters. Fact: posters are a necessary part of the promotion process. When I started booking shows at Lakewood, I started looking to people who could make their own posters. Fortunately, Nick Durham of Monco Poncho was able to create last week's poster, which is one of the coolest show posters I have ever seen. Then, one of the members of Grassfight (Tamsi New I'm guessing based on the email) made a poster for this week's show.
I had not alerted Ryan Thomas Becker (RTB2) of this fact, so he took the liberty to create his own poster for the event. So for the first time ever, I have not one, but two unique posters for this Thursday's show. It's certainly a show worthy of the extra publicity. Grassfight are kicking off the show with their unique dark shoegaze vibe. Imagine a cross between The Jesus & Mary Chain and Joy Division, and that's a decent starting place. They go on at 10, then at 11 RTB2 will be tearing up the stage. The band is up for several Dallas Observer Music Awards, including Best Instrumentalist for Mr. Becker, Best Blues Act, and Best Group. I once said that RTB2 sounded like what the White Stripes would sound like if they lived up to the hype. You can go with that, or you could also compare their sound to that of The Black Keys. However you slice it, they put on a fierce and energetic live set that is guaranteed to get even the most comatose audience member into a frenzy. Finally, Cocky Americans wrap up the show at midnight, with what I shall call an "unhyphenated sound". Let me explain. Nowadays, bands are indie-rock, alternative-rock, post-alt-country-shoegaze-rock, you get the idea. There will be none of that for Cocky Americans. They are rock. No prefixes are needed. If you like straight ahead fun rock and roll music, you will like Cocky Americans.
As for the posters, I give you both to judge. The top poster is the one created by Ryan Thomas Becker, and the bottom one is courtesy of Grassfight. Feel free to comment on which poster you like the best.