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Concert review: Trailer Park Princess is having a ball

Trailer Park Princess

June 7

The Moon, 2911 W. Berry St., Fort Worth

Posted 11:13am on Wednesday, Jun. 09, 2010

With the Whiskey Folk Ramblers CD Release party across town and little advance warning for the scheduled show on Saturday night, The Moon was as empty as the promise of a third-party candidate on Election Day.

But Trailer Park Princess is a compulsive exhibitionist of a band -- serving up the same over-the-top performance for a dozen people as it would a stadium gig. The band members are Scott Vernon, also of Sally Majestic (drums); noted sound engineer Dre Edmonson (guitar); The Evah Lovin' Jones (guitar); Travis Dixon (bass); and Paul Dawson, the band's vocalist and resident performance artist.

Going to a Trailer Park Princess show is like having a whole bucket of rock 'n' roll thrown in your face. It is a conceptual band that strings together its songs to tell a post-apocalyptic Armageddon tale, set in a fictional, supernatural trailer park in Fort Worth.

The band is high energy, and Dawson is a sight to behold: His vocals are just better than average, but his stage presence really carries the thing home. The impossible contortions, perpetual motion and flailing dreads make it impossible to look away.

After the first high-octane song, Trailer Park Princess shifted gears a bit with a slower number. But then the band went into overdrive again with an electrifying piece that could only be described as "punk as hell." Styles changed dramatically throughout the set, from rock to punk to funk to hip hop and back, but there was a consistent element to it. The mixing of styles seemed natural, like tempo changes in one long song.

After a touching ballad about syphilis (no, I'm not making that up), Paul hid out behind the speaker bins while the band did a Dick Dale cover. Covers are somewhat of a rarity for these guys, so this was almost like an intermission.

"I took a lot of inspiration from Parliament and Coheed and Cambria," Dawson admitted.

Dawson isn't done with fine-tuning the band's live act -- not even close. After Trailer Park Princess finishes its new album, it plans on moving on to a more multimedia stage production.

The show will have video clips interspersed between the live performance. It's an ambitious undertaking for a local band but could make for an amazing show if Trailer Park Princess can pull it off.

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