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Originally published: 11/24/2022

Picnic Blitz is a punk rock band from Fort Worth, Texas. Their music was also called Southern Gothic Psych. The Penguin Rocks presents this interview with Picnic Lighting.

The band describes their music as rough and brooding desert Punk, the sound of summer heat and dimly lit clubs. A dark wall of sound behind it all howls like a sandstorm, delivering a spiritual pounding that resides in the music Shadowland of sharp questions and Orphic revelations.

They point to “Over My Head” as a good track to showcase the band’s sound. Dfat massive post rock drenched vocal harmonies, with lyrics attempting to express their spiritual journeys/affairs the soul.

Who are the members of the band and what instruments do they each play?

We have Thomas Ketchersid on vocals, guitar, Cole Watkins on lead vocals and guitar, John Lenox Cope on bass and vocals and Cameron “Rogers & Cammerstein” Navarro drums and vocals.

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How long has the band been around? Is there a story behind the band name?

We formed in 2013 but some of the guys have been making music since the early days What. The name Picnic Lightning comes from a brief moment at the beginning of the novel lolita; a simple description of the death of the main character’s mother.

Thomas is an avid reader and accomplished poet, and he suggested this to the group as an effective expression to capture an intense, immediate event unfolding the audience’s attention and we felt this captured the tone of our music.

Tell me about your latest record. Which songs on the album are you most proud of?

These songs were all recorded with Taylor Tatsch at Audistyles Studio down in the US Texas Hill Country and its production really helped take these songs to a new level even. We’re really proud of these singles we’re releasing overall and his collaboration helped us capture the tone and vibe we were really looking for. We are the most proud of ‘Pre-Pangea’ and ‘Six Feet Under’.

How many records, eps or singles has the band released in total? How did the band changed over time?

We started with the Gilded youth EP in 2014, a self-titled LP in 2016 and then this newest singles here in 2022. This first EP is way more punk influenced than we are realized at that time. I don’t think we can play some of these songs at the same time Tempo. Overall we relaxed a bit and took more time to get the songs right on to the next idea. Sonically, there’s still the same crisp guitar tones is going through, but we’ve started to pay more attention to trying new styles and genres.

What was one of your favorite gigs? What made it unforgettable?

Our best show was the second time at Boiled Owl – a local dive with a tiny one makeshift stage in the corner. It was a muggy summer night with wall to wall loud Audience, a great line-up and good friends.

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There was also a time when we told John that we would all dress formally and he would showed up looking like he was part of the Party Down cast and we were all normal Dress. The show itself wasn’t anything special, but this event was pretty unforgettable.

Where does the band regularly play shows? Where would you like to play if you could?

We’re based in Fort Worth so we love the Tulips venue here which is home to a great collection of touring bands. But overall we’re not too picky. A place with great sound and a fun crown and we can party. Some of the livelier spots like Red Rocks would be nice and we’ve heard great things about the South American scene.

What would be the “next step” that you think the band would take?

We’re really hoping to capitalize on the momentum of these next singles and tour, COVID Allowed. Being able to go out and play the songs with the fans, do them Connections across the country would be a solid next step for us.

Finally, if the band does any cover songs. Which artists do you cover? who would be an artist you haven’t covered yet that you would like to cover?

We’ve covered Lorde’s, The Smiths, Radiohead and JJ Cale. We didn’t spend much In the past we’ve focused on cover versions since we usually use them as warm-up exercises Practice or writing, but lately we’ve found that covers can be good practice Try new styles. We have a cover of ‘Killer Tofu’ by The Beets from the 90’s cartoon Doug.

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