ACL Interview: True Believers
4pm, Zilker Tent stage
True Believers4pm, Zilker Tent stage
They've performed the occasional reunion show over the decades, but when the True Believers got together last year to play the memorial for South By Southwest Creative Director Brent Grulke something felt different.
"It's really different," explains Alejandro Escovedo, perhaps the best-known member of the band. "Not only are we way different people, but we've all grown up. We've all had our own careers. We've gone out there and slugged it out on the road.
"Coming back, we've all had more appreciation and respect not only for the True Believers but for each other. It's made a big difference. I think that when we play the way we played for Brent, it was the way we used to play all the time.
"Somewhere along the way, we lost it. We got beat up by the industry and the road. So to find it again, the joy and fun – to be around each other in a real positive way – is kind of major and we all took to it."
Although they've had different lineups over the years, this time it's true to the original group with the guitar army of Escovedo, his brother Javier and Jon Dee Graham up front, and Denny DeGorio on bass with Scratch Acid's Rey Washam on drums.
They recently released Dedication, an indie EP with recent live tracks and two new songs. Escovedo hopes for more creativity in the not-too-distant future.
"One of the things that we haven't had the chance to do," he says, "which we're hoping for, is to sit in a room together and write. That's our next step. We're going to get through these gigs first and hopefully it'll all go well. The last gig we did in Houston, that was the best gig we've had in a long, long time, if not ever."
Check out part two of our True Believers interview.