Hudson Falcons return to Victoria
When I think of rock 'n' roll, I think about the band Hudson Falcons. The band has a sound that has carried them through countless tours, from frontman Mark Linskey's home of New Jersey, to South Texas and Europe.
The band began playing regularly in 1998.
"We were always too rock and roll for punk. Then, we'd play with rock bands, and we were way too punk. I love the work ethic. The DIY attitude and the community of punk rock, and I've always been happy to be associated with that scene." Linskey said.
The proof is in the pudding, and Hudson Falcons live what they sing about.
"There's a lot of bands that sit around and wait for something to happen to them. It's the journey that is the fun part."
So, the band goes forth, puts life on hold to go on the road a few times a year while juggling day jobs, recording and playing schedules. Linskey and friends provide a role model for working class bands.
While most bands sit around trying to figure out how to push their next recording, the Falcons go the old-fashioned way by touring, more touring, repairing the van and touring again.
The lifestyle has led them to record songs about their seemingly vagabond life, but make no mistake, the band always has a new city to visit.
"A lot of people ask when are you going to stop doing it and settle down. This is what I do. A lot of people don't get it." Linskey said.
The band is playing Victoria on Thursday night at Downtown Bar and Grill. The lineup includes bands that the Falcons have gotten to know the past decade plus of coming to Victoria. It is one of the few times a year, that many people will come out, visit with other show-goers who may have stopped coming to shows. It really promotes the community feeling that Linskey mentions.
For Hudson Falcons, it will be a stop that is always circled on their tour calendar. The band has grown a great love for South Texas, leading Linskey to record a song called "Goin back to South Texas," where he mentions Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and yes, Victoria.
Timothy Danger is the music and content director, as well as a co-host of the Old Man and Bitter Girl Podcast, which focuses on independent music, art and culture. He is also a musician.