Little Brazil quickly became more than a side project for Hedges
after he was unceremoniously thrown out of both The Good Life and
Desaparecidos later in '02 for reasons that remain undisclosed to
this day. That didn't stop him from using his past connections to
get club owners to take his new band seriously. Now years later,
those connections are starting to weigh like a dead albatross around
the band's neck.
that history on the first couple of tours to get our foot into some
doors," Hedges said. "There was always a side of me that
said 'Fuck that.' I didn't want to use that connection because of
my resentment toward the whole situation. But my friends said, 'You're
an idiot. Take advantage of it.'"
booked the majority of tours up until this year, said the Good Life/Desa
connection did, in fact, help bookings. "There are guys who
responded to me by saying, 'We'd be honored to have ex members of
Desa play here.'"
been something that's a negative from a business standpoint,"
Hedges added. "We've worked hard to make a name for ourselves.
These days they want us for us."
Maxwell is skeptical
that Hedges' history has had an impact on drawing people to Little
Brazil shows. "They don't say, 'Holy shit, it's the guy from
said fans are aware of the band's history and its connection to
the Omaha music scene. "They ask us what Conor is doing right
now," Maxwell said. "I usually respond with, 'I don't
know. We're here with you tonight.'"
are fans out there that love that style of music and ask us what
it's like to be part of it," Edds explained. "I don't
mind when they're being sincere. On the other hand, there are the
ones who hand us gifts to bring back to Conor and Tim (Kasher).'"
at this point in our careers," Hedges said.
getting to be less and less of a problem," Morgan added. "We're
starting to make our own mark."
It's a mark
that's been created by numerous national tours, which helped sell
more than 3,000 copies of their Mt. Fuji debut, sign with a publicist
-- Skyscraper Media -- as well as a booking agent, Skinny Touring
out of Seattle. And even though they've sold nearly 200 copies of
Tighten the Noose so far on this tour, there are still plenty
of Phoenixes lying in wait to remind the band they have more work
to do before they can quit their day jobs.
getting a little bit back, but we're working our asses off for it,"
a hard thing to break into," Morgan added, "but I'm probably
the most confident person in the band, while Landon's the most pessimistic."
pessimistic," Hedges shot back.
not overly optimistic, either," Maxwell said.
we have we earned," Hedges replied. "I'm not pessimistic,
I think we're right on track."
think we'll ever be satisfied," Edds said. "We're working
for everything we get, and all of it is just one more step along
Published in The Omaha Reader March 21, 2007.
Copyright © 2007 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.