Featuring members of now-defunct popular local bands such as CHUD and Oklahoma City hard-core music staples Steeples and Komarov, Alex Barnard and James Hammontree have relocated back to Oklahoma City — and reunited with CHUD drummer Billy Reid — to further introduce pop sensibilities into their own brand of alternative and punk.
Q: All three of you were in CHUD together. So what happened to that band?
James Hammontree: We were having a hard time getting the album recorded and getting time to go out of town. We were all on different schedules. Also, Alex and I were super tired of living here, and since everyone in the band had different priorities and we wanted to tour a lot, to get it out of our systems, we just kind of did it by ourselves.
Q: And that’s why you moved to California?
Hammontree: Yeah … to just get more done.
Q: Then what brought you back?
Hammontree: We recorded an album out there, and we did a couple of tours and got some momentum going. It’s just so expensive living out there. You have to work so much that you actually have less time to put into a band, and at first that was fine, but once we had some momentum, it became more beneficial to live somewhere super cheap and try to tour and put out more records.
Q: Monday’s show is your album release show. Tell me a little bit about the record.
Hammontree: We recorded seven songs in San Francisco at Atomic Garden with Jack Shirley, who did that (San Francisco-based metal band) Deafheaven record and some other bigger-name stuff. The album’s been done for a while, but we just got the actual physical copies of it. When we came back to Oklahoma, we also recorded three new songs with Daniel (Weaver, of Power Pyramid), and those will go on a “7” record in the future.