I headed out to Lola’s on Saturday for the latest installment of the Good Show Live Music Series, where Un Chien was opening for Spot. And if the name Spot sounds familiar, it’s because they had a big indie hit back in 1995 with Moon June Spoon. The band consists of brothers Chad and Reginald Rueffer (guitar, vocals), Davis Bickston (drums) and Dave Prez (bass).
Moon June Spoon was all over the radio in the mid-’90s, and Spot was the last band signed to Ardent Records. The death of Ardent led to contractual issues, Spot folded, and the members moved on to other projects. Reginald joined the Charlie Pride band, and then started his own – Hochimen. But on Saturday they were back together to promote the new Spot EP, Splatter Splash.
By the time I got there, Spot was taking the stage. These guys have lost nothing at all in the years since they were touring; the crowd was pressed against the stage the entire set.
Spot is beyond tight, the vocal harmonies are excellent and the musicianship superb. But honestly, that describes a lot of bands. Songwriting is the difference, and the music they turn out holds together and holds your attention. Not many songs from the ’90’s still stick in your head today like Moon June Spoon after just one listen, and their newer stuff is equally good. Ken Shimamoto, who writes The Stash Dauber music blog recently said that Reginald Rueffer was “as close to a musical genius as anyone I know personally.” High praise from one of Fort Worth’s top local music gurus.
The crowd would not let the band leave without an encore, and Spot gave us a rock solid encore. I even managed to pick up a DVD of the band performing at the now long-gone Wreck Room.
All and all it was another win for Tom Urquhart, Chris Bellomy and Tony Diaz of The Good Show on KTCU.