Deke Falcon Gets on the Fast Track

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Deke Falcon Gets on the Fast Track


Byline: Carolyn Lamberson The Register-Guard

First things first. There is no guy named Deke Falcon. Go ahead, Google it. You'll get six pages of references to the Eugene rock trio. Nothing else.

Not that the guys in Deke Falcon - Patrick Hayden, Dave Clark and Jordan Glenn - haven't had a little fun in creating the Deke Falcon legend. They've even gone so far as to write a biography of this mythical character - one that, sadly, will never see the light of day.

`Deke Falcon is just too expansive to be contained in one individual," Hayden said.

"We're conjuring his ghost less than we used to' Clark added. `It was part of Pat and my bonding experience, trying to figure out who this mythical person was."

They may not be conjuring the ghost of old Deke, but they are conjuring up some positive reviews for their first CD, `Sand in the Shower, Rust on the Road." The album, the first release for Howard Libes' Happy Mistake Records (see story below), will be released with a party Saturday night at Luckey's Club Cigar Store.

Charles Spano at CMJ.com wrote this: `The boys of Deke Falcon rock their country tunes with an art-damaged fervor. They're rustic yet smart, gritty yet debonair, and give off a blend of genuine Heartland sentiment and astute post-punk semiotics that hasn't been heard since the Minutemen.'

As Status magazine opined: `Deke Falcon's debut is the dream meeting of Dinosaur jr and Uncle Tupelo; Sonic Youth and Gram Parsons. The Falcon plays country rock like it's art punk - bristling and melodic, down-home and angular.'

Minutemen. Sonic Youth. Uncle Tupelo. That's some significant name-checking for a band that's been around for a little more than a year.

And what an unexpected year it's been. A new album, a record deal, a pending tour. The Falcons didn't even have any songs written when they booked their first gig.

"One of Dave's real strokes of genius was realizing we would be directionless without a deadline, so he booked us a gig," Hayden said.

After they'd been together for about four months, Glenn and Clark jetted off to Singapore when their other band, Los Mex Pistols del Norte, landed a gig playing Cinco de Mayo in a tequila bar. Clark then spent the rest of the month traveling through southeast Asia.

While such an extended vacation would have wrecked many 4-month-old bands, "There was no sense it was going by the wayside," Hayden said. He calls that time fruitful, as he seemed to find his songwriting muse.

`One thing that I like is that all the songs,' Hayden said, `even the ones we didn't start playing immediately, were all written in a two- or three-month period."

And by the time Hayden returned from a trip in June to visit family in New Jersey, the band was gearing up for what would be a long, hot summer.

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