Madison Bowl in Oakley is stuck in another time — orange booths, dimly lit bar, pinball machines, a jukebox, the smell of stale smoke. Ah, the yellowish ambience.
Murray Stall, drummer for new Alternative/Progressive rockers The Desert Gun, greets me in the glow. Tall, thin and always talking or moving, Stall wears skinny jeans and, on his left arm, a large tattoo peeks out from his shirt. A passionate type with a ton of energy, he started music at 14.
“When you start that young, you don’t think beyond anything other than, ‘We need to write a song,’ ” he says, joking. “There always has to be some period where you suck.”
Through broken bones, women troubles, fist fights, college stints, partying summers away in Michigan, attention deficits, a slew of different bands, playing with some kid named Beaver who bought a $3,500 guitar, loneliness and rocking out “balls to the wall,” this group of old high school friends is amazingly still alive. And after some trips through the wilderness, The Desert Gun formed last summer.
The Desert Gun plays Friday at Mainstay Rock Bar with Pluto Revolts and Saturday at the Northside Tavern for the tribute to Beck/benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Go here to read C.A. MacConnell's full interview.