Uh oh. He’s making noise again.
John Kezdy, a politically conservative State’s Attorney and friend of mine who happens to sing for Chicago punk legends The Effigies is kind of responsible for choosing Allende as the name of my solo recording persona. I was kicking around various names a few months ago around the time I went to see the boys play a gig and John made the mistake of asking me what I’d name the solo stuff. I couldn’t help but pick a moniker I knew would get his goat: Allende.
Indeed, the roll of the eyes I got from John was magnificent and satisfying. Say Allende to any educated conservative and they will likely imagine Salvador Allende, the democratically elected socialist President of Chile who was killed in a US-backed corporatist military coup in 1973. Sure, I had Salvador in mind, but the capper was the knowledge that the word in Spanish means “from the other side”. Coooooool.
Allende is myself, computers, guitars, and other noisemaking implements. All I do is reflect a world I never made, kind of like Howard The Duck. The hard drives are bulging with bits; more is on the way.
…and not just from Allende, either. I’ve been rehearsing with Tony Jones (16 Tons) and Mike Greenlees (Tar) for a few months now and we’re beginning to sound like a presentable rock band.