Friday, September 21, 2018

Hometown Tales with Ambassador

It's time to head into the depths of Louisiana with Ambassador.

They're a dark post punk band that's influenced by several different styles of bands...included the vaunted Pink Floyd.

They've got a debut record called, Belly of the Whale that's dropping on 9/28/18.

You might want to check this record out if you're a fan of any type of music, based on the information I have. (I'm listening to the record  now.....)

You can get a preview of the record over at their BANDCAMP page. You can even pre-order that sweet, sweet vinyl.

Whilst you're getting involved in the subterranean grooves from the delta...find out about life down there.....

1. St. Louis City is my hometown. I've lived here for most of my life in and around the city. Where are you from?

I grew up in a suburb outside of Baton Rouge, LA called 'Galvez.' It is a very rural small community, but close enough to Baton Rouge as to not be considered too country. 

I actually just moved back there to be closer to my family, having lived in Baton Rouge for some time. The rest of the band are from the same general area.

2.We have three things that don't really exist anywhere else: the slinger, the gooey butter cake, and toasted ravioli. Tell me about your hometown delicacy. 

A near-by town named Gonzales, LA is the self-proclaimed Jambalaya Capital of the World, and we are big on all things Cajun such as gumbo, boudin, boiled crawfish, etc. 

I can assure you that we do it proper. 

3. In St. Louis, though there have been others. Our biggest hometown team is the St. Louis Cardinals (formerly the St. Louis Perfectos, nee: the St. Louis Browns, not the AL team that moved to Baltimore.) There is nowhere you can go to escape it. I'm a hockey fan, not a baseball fan, so it's a bit weird to me. Tell me about your hometown's big team. 

Of course the New Orleans Saints are the favorite NFL team, but LSU football is really even bigger in Baton Rouge. 

I don't know if you are familiar with Death Valley, but we are always at the top of the 'best game day experience' list. Nothing like it really. 

We bleed purple and gold!

4. St. Louis isn't really known for any one type of music scene. The biggest acts I can think of to get out of here alive were Gravity Kills, Nelly and the St. Lunatics, and Sheryl Crow. There's always been a vibrant concert scene though. What about where you are? 

Well some notable acts from Baton Rouge that come to mind are Thou, Better than Ezra, Boosie Badass, Randy Jackson, Johnny Rivers, Buddy Guy, and Slim Harpo. 

Baton Rouge used to be a mecca for the blues and original music, but we are currently lacking venues and are drowning in cover bands. 

We love music, we just don't always support our original artist. We are working on it though.

5. 20 years ago, St. Louis had about 300 murders each year, floods, and all sorts of other fun things. You might have heard about us being named the Murder Capital of the USA. Nowadays, a lot here is 150. But there are lots of parts of the city that are returning to former glory. On the whole, St. Louis is a better place to live today than before. Is there any thing like that where you're from? 

For a second, it seemed like you were describing Baton Rouge. Floods, crime, civil unrest, and poverty have plagued the area in recent years, but we are a resilient community and the positives out-weigh the negatives. 

Regardless of the  struggles, Louisiana is a beautiful and vibrant place that can take care of itself and we have one thing that can always bring us together - a good time. 

6. Are you still there? 

Barely (laughs out loud.)

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