WHO'S IN THE BAND? WHERE ARE THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE BAND?
Soulhat is no longer a functioning unit. The final touring lineup was: Kevin McKinney on guitars & Johnny Vogelsang on bass with David "Snizz" Robinson (formerly of the Scabs) on the skins. As of March 2001, the band was considered "between dummers," following the departure of Brad Evilsizer.
Bill Cassis left the band after the second Liberty Lunch "reunion" show in December 1996. Brian Walsh left the band in early September 1998. Frosty retired in January 2000. Mac McNabb (Soulhat's second guitarist, who produced the band's self-titled EP and performed on 2000's Experiment on a Flat Plane) left in February 2001.
Cassis has performed with Austin bands like Blue, and with Frosty in Papa Mali and the Instigators. He also toured with Austin legends like Doyle Bramhall II, Charlie Sexton, and Double Trouble -- yes, THE Double Trouble -- in Spring/Summer 2001. Brian played with Kevin (as "Fire") with Austin's own Earthpig (now relocated to Marfa, TX via Queens, NY) and with the Billy White Trio.
WHAT'S THE LATEST ON A NEW SOULHAT RECORD?
That depends on what you mean by "new." A new Soulhat LP was expected late 2002 but has yet to appear in stores. There were rumors it was a live record.
"Experiment on a Flat Plane," the last full-length LP was released on 7/25/00 on the Terminus label (Atlanta, GA). The line-up for that release was: Kevin McKinney - guitar, vocals, SK1; Mac McNabb - Guitar, Hofner Bass; B.E. "Frosty" Smith - Drums, Electronics; Johnny Vogelsang - Fender Bass. The band's self-titled EP released in the fall of 1998 and the only official studio release to feature the trio lineup went out of print in December 1999. Some of these are still available through places like amazon.com.
The two major label (Epic/Sony) albums, "Outdebox" and "Good to Be Gone," are still available at most big record stores around the US (and we've heard of them seen in places as far from Austin as Eastern Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand). You can also get them through online record stores like amazon.com.
Kevin McKinney has released two solo albums since 2002. McVEIN IN GREEN, Kevin first album-length solo effort was released on Shat Records on May 24, 2002. Talking with Plants, his follow-up was released in 2003. Chocolate Records also released Kevin McKinney's short 4-track quickie take on Christmas music, "12 Holiday Hits," in November, 2000. All three of Kevin's solo efforts are still available, as of Spring 2005, at chocolaterecords.com.
Bill Cassis has been doing a lot of producing, and most recently appears as an artist on Wayne Sutton's 2005 release Walking Disaster. It will be available by summer 2005 at Wayne's Donkey.com.
WHERE CAN I SEE THE BAND LIVE?
Unfortunately, you can't. Before the most-recent demise of the band, they played regularly in Austin (Stubb's, Antone's), as well as monthly gigs in Dallas (Club DaDa), Houston (Fabulous Satellite Lounge), and San Antonio (The Lab). Infrequent (but frequent enough to mention) gigs occured in Baton Rouge, LA, Corpus Christi, Killeen, College Station & various locations around the great state of Colorado.
The band toured the southeast, northeast, and some of middle America in the fall of 2000 and has made several trips through the Tennesee Valley, southeast, California & Utah since that time.
WHERE CAN I GET "LIVE AT THE BLACK CAT," "TOO GONE TO BE GOOD," BOOTLEGS, BONECRUSHER (EXTENDED VERSION)?
The first two titles are both out of print. And unfortunately, there are no plans to re-release either title. Your best bet is to look around at record conventions. We've heard copies of Black Cat float around on CD, but (if true) are certainly mastered from 1/8" analog tapes, at best. No true digital version is known to have circulated. But original versions of these recordings are available, you just have to seek them out, and be willing to pay the price.
Live recordings are all around, particularly in Austin. This site will occasionally post MP3 files of both old and new shows, but if you want complete copies, you have to seek out a local hathead.
The extended version of "Bonecrusher" was never released to the public. It was sent to radio stations as promotion for the Good to Be Gone LP. The single has three versions of the song (LP, radio, extended), but the one you want to hear (extended) is best sought-out by tuning to KLBJ-FM (93.7) in Austin at approx. 5:05 pm every Friday. Host Johnny Walker plays the extended version every week, around that time. The lyrics to the extended version can be found by clicking here.
WHAT'S UP WITH THE BONECRUSHER? I HEAR IT EVERYWHERE.
We know: the song certainly has a life of it's own. As we said above, in Austin, you can hear Johnny Walker play the extended version on KLBJ-FM (93.7), every Friday afternoon at about 5:05 p.m. It can also be heard behind the awesome moves of a slightly-younger Hakeem Olajuwon on an NBA jams video cassette. It was also featured in the American video release of the animated feature film "Tekken." And lots of you around the country and world tell us that you've heard it and dig it.
The song evolved in 1992-93, in Austin and a live tour of the mid-Atlantic and east coast. It quickly became a crowd favorite, particularly as a closer, because of it's furious pace, epic length, and hilarious call-and-response section (in which Bill and Kevin traded barbs back and forth over their microphones). This section was later dropped from the song, entirely, though Kevin usually managed to draw-out live versions of the song with dadaesque monologues and plenty of non sequitur.
After the trio started-up in 1998, The Bonecrusher changed again, and started to pop-up during acoustic sets as a mad, rollicking, freight train-paced barnburner (similar in tempo to 2000's WNBA). NOTE: If you've never heard that version, you can here it here (for a limited time). This version is from 8/9/98 at the Saxon Pub in Austin.
Kevin later modified the "rocking" version to resemble the acoustic version by changing the song's chord structure.
WHERE CAN I GET SOULHAT SHIRTS, BUMPERSTICKERS, POSTERS, AND OTHER MERCHANDISE?
As far as we know, what was left of the old merchandise was sold at the two reunion shows in December, 1996. Since that time, the band has released an EP (self-titled), LP ("Experiment on a Flat Place") and some new shirts and stickers. At this time, they are only available at Soulhat shows. You can still buy old posters (like the ones seen here) at Waterloo Records and at Antone's in Austin.
If you see them on tour, look for a new shirt, the new LP of course, lots of the old stickers, and the NEW mailing list.
WHO RUNS THIS WEB SITE, ANYWAY?
The site was founded by j.j. kotarski, a run-of-the-mill Soulhat fan. It was originally conceived in 1996 as a fan site and resided on personal server space at texas.net, Texas' largest independent ISP. It was reconstituted. In November 1998, at the direct request of the band (who also partially funded the site in the old days), at the soulhat.net web address. In May, 2004, the site accumulated hit 80,000, a fair accomplishment due to our seeming inability to answer your mail or make updates in anything resembling a timely manner.
John met Kevin McKinney and Bill Cassis in May 1990, the summer Soulhat was born. John spent countless hours (relieving georgetown bordeom) sitting on upturned bricks in Kevin's room that summer, listening to him record and play the four-tracks that would become Soulhat's early repertoire. John has relied (and continues to rely) on both old and new Soulhat fans for news, reports, setlists, tapes, posters, photos, etc. Seriously folks, this site is not one person's effort, but that of dozens of Soulhat junkies.
IS THIS SITE FREE?
It is for you! But since it originally came on-line in 1996 (and later, when it became the "Soulhat Web" in 1998), this site has incurred well over $1,500.00 in operating expenses all out of one dude's pocket to pay for development and bandwidth.
If you like what you see or have been enjoying the site for some time, you can always make a donation. Donations are NOT required or even encouraged, just an option for people who like the site and want to give something. We don't sell advertising, CD's or even collect pennies for our links to Amazon. That's just not what this is about for us. Rest assured, donations go to pay bandwidth costs, nothing else.
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This FAQ was updated on 4/29/05.