Tim DeLaughter Talks the Good and the Bad of Preteen Zenith's Live Performance Debut

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Tim DeLaughter and his new band Preteen Zenith made their live performance debut on Saturday night at the Granada Theater, where over 1,000 music fans converged for the first ever Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival. But it didn't go off without a hitch: A long delay before the band's start cut off some of Preteen Zenith's own set, while also up cutting significantly into the scheduled performance from headlining act White Denim.

Had Preteen Zenith performed last on the bill, such an issue would've been avoided. But, thing is, aside from a four-song sampler released a few weeks ago, nobody has heard any music from Preteen Zenith. So the band was given an earlier slot in the lineup.

Still, the anticipation for the band's performance that grew in the weeks leading up to the show. It only continued to grow early Sunday morning, as Preteen Zenith took the stage 40 minutes later than their scheduled start time.

The wait wouldn't have been a problem, except that the late start meant that White Denim's set length was dwindling with each passing second. Their eventual 20-minute set would have been shorter too, if it wasn't for White Denim lead singer James Petralli walking onto the stage during Preteen Zenith's set and speaking with DeLaughter.

After their exchange, DeLaughter looked stunned, and the venue's screen dropped in front of the stage, thus ending the band's set prematurely.

"[Petralli] justifiably comes up and says 'I've got friends and family here, too,'" DeLaughter told DC9 a few hours after Preteen Zenith left the stage. "I said, 'You're exactly right. I totally agree. You're justified and I apologize.' That's all I can do."

Petralli declined to comment on the exchange, but according to DeLaughter, there is no bad blood between the bands.

DeLaughter did, however, express frustration at the anticipation leading up to the show: "There was so much hype on this thing, it was unreal," he said. "This show was more internationally blown out about than it was here."

It's possible, though, that the band played into the hype: A very ambitious six-minute video preceded the set, which featured enough lights to fill every club in Deep Ellum.

The laser lights, the video projections, and the energy of the band indeed made the performance feel like quite a spectacle. But DeLaughter said the band had something huge planned during the last song that never came.

"I felt bad about it because the last song, 'Paling Patience,' was when something really so wonderful was about to happen that no one's seen before," he said.

He declined to give any further details on what exactly the band had planned during the song, but he said he will "save it for next time."

Overall, though, DeLaughter was apologetic that White Denim's set was fractured, and happy about how Preteen Zenith's performance went. He seemed to fit comfortably back in the position of the rock 'n' roll frontman after spending some time as bandleader in the Polyphonic Spree.

And as far as first shows go, he couldn't have asked for much better.

"I think it went really well for our first time to go through it," he said. "I already know for a fact that the energy in what we're producing is unparalleled electric-wise. I know we're onto something."
 

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23 comments
Tubthumper
Tubthumper

WHY THE HELL AS NO ONE, NOT EVEN ONCE, BROUGHT UP THE STAGE MANAGER?!?!?!

His sole purpose is to make sure that the show should go off without a hitch. Clearly, you're all a bunch of baffoons!!!

No one seems to be asking the right questions. You're all straying from the point. Where was White Denim's Tour Manager to ensure that they interests were protected? Why wasn't there enough pre-show preparation to allow things to go over smoothly? Does anyone honestly think Preteen Zenith just showed up right before their set and said, "we're here, with a bagillion lights! Surprise!"

Stop the pissing match and get back to the real issues, morons.

But hey, as long as everyone gets paid it's all good!

Chrisg33
Chrisg33

I had a great time regardless.

alphaomegasoup
alphaomegasoup

The whole idea of ANY band who has never even played ONE SHOW putting lasers and fog machines and lights above THE MUSIC should not be accepted by anyone. The people that paid to get into this show came for the musical artists chosen for this event and their MUSIC.So people got gipped not once but twice,we didn't get to hear all of pz music or white denim,all of because of some dumb light show,the music is what matters and if you have to resort to lights and fog it must be to cover for a lack of talent or songs,a good band is supposed to get up there and play their hearts out lights or not. Also the reason delaughter was stunned is because he thinks he's untouchable because of his musical past,this is the present and you can either play or you can't.

Hypeanalytics
Hypeanalytics

DeLaughter did, however, express frustration at the anticipation leading up to the show: "There was so much hype on this thing, it was unreal," he said. "This show was more internationally blown out about than it was here."

International Press would equal more than 300 youtube hits :(

Josh Hoover
Josh Hoover

Dear bands who feel that they need to setup a big light show when playing a non-headlining slot, just bring your instruments and play your songs and leave all that other shit at home.

Nothing makes me more irate than watching a band waste everyone's time setting up a bunch of flashing colors on a stage that 9 times out of 10 already has a more than adequate lighting system.

Hang on a sec, just gotta flip my black light on so I can enjoy some tunes...

Gavin Mulloy
Gavin Mulloy

I'd like to see someone get the Quick and Observer covers again.  Usually you have to win a championship to do that.

Jordan Roberts
Jordan Roberts

i wonder if the "so wonderful" thing the audience missed was the 18" stonehenge from Spinal Tap? 

Darryl
Darryl

Tripping Daisy was overrated back in the day, Polyphonic Spree was all show, no songs. Just the facts ma'am.

the carney
the carney

Alot of people in Dallas have slimed their ways into positions where they can make money off anything delaughter does,so the hype surrounding him comes from the fact that the hypers want to get paid,he could fart into a microphone for an hour and people would call it groundbreaking,nothing will ever match tripping daisy,delaughter AND dallas as a whole need to accept that.

Kelly D
Kelly D

I like what I've heard from PZ and cant wait to catch a live show soon, but I have to call Bullshit on DeLaughter's claim that there was a lack of local "blown-out" hype surrounding this event. Between local blogs, the Observer, DFW Quick and even 1310 The Ticket (perhaps the most powerful advertising vehicle in the area), this show was given quite the top billing. Not sure where that argument fits, even if it were true...

Preteenfail
Preteenfail

Only one band had to rely on lights and props Saturday. I'll let you guess who. Might be time to get the robes back out of storage.

Theresonlyonewaynecoyne
Theresonlyonewaynecoyne

What an ego this Wayne Coyne wannabe seems to have. They didn't play last because THEY HAVEN"T EARNED IT!!  They shouldn't have even been on the bill considering they were the only untried/unheard band. Who gives a crap about seeing something we've never seen....here's a plan, play something that you didn't cop from Flaming Lips!

Oh and props to all the racist assholes that were at the show that night...makes me SO glad I live in such a forward thinking, progressive city such as this one. Must be why GvsB Fest didn't sell out. In any other big city that thing would have sold out prior to show day and it would have had nothing to do with Preteen Zenith being on the bill because outside of Dallas they're nobody!

Letdown (still)
Letdown (still)

A nice but half-ass apology.

"Had Preteen Zenith performed last on the bill, such an issue would've been avoided." 

Why weren't they last on the bill?  With all the elaborate crap they brought they (or the concert organizers) should've known their setup would take longer... and ultimately eat into White Denim's set.  I'm sure White Denim would've been fine giving up the "headline" spot if it meant finishing their set.  It's also pretty shitty that James himself had to confront Tim.

Roger Waters wants his BS Back
Roger Waters wants his BS Back

It really says a lot that Dallas' most prominent "alternative" musician is a 45 year old egomaniac in love with stage gimmicks. 

"This show was more internationally blown out about than it was here." "...something really so wonderful was about to happen that no one's seen before."

Anyone remember punk rock?

Darryl
Darryl

please no more robes and no more bands with more than 10 members!

Getitright
Getitright

If you are really a Wayne Coyne fan, you'd know that he is the one who's changed and now sounds more like Tim, not the other way around. Maybe you just heard Wayne before you heard Tim, so you don't know that FL has been around for years, starting out with a more hardcore punk sound and only evolving to the sound they have now AFTER the rise of Tripping Daisy and AFTER Wayne played in the same shows as Tim. Both bands from the south, crossed paths many times, however listen back to the first TD album and you see Tim's only evolved, not copied.

whatever
whatever

 no. you're the only one who's ever heard of punk rock.

Citizen Polack
Citizen Polack

By my calculations you'd have to be at least 45 to have been alive during the first or second wave of "Punk Rock".....what's your point? Your band must not be doing well, huh?

Liles
Liles

No offense, G. But I put on the first three Flaming Lips shows in Dallas at Theatre Gallery back in 1985-86, I can assure they were never a hardcore punk band. Not even close. Your assertion that that the band went in more of a psychedelic direction after hearing Tripping Daisy is simply beyond ridiculous. Flaming Lips had been around for ten years before TD ever showed up on the radar.

Bigmac Tony
Bigmac Tony

A show 'saved your life?' How does that work? Maybe you should try going to church. Or better yet: Try suicide.

Darryl
Darryl

Hey bigmac, back off. A few shows at theater gallery saved my life a couple of times.

Bigmac Tony
Bigmac Tony

Hey Liles: On average how long do you think you go without mentioning a club that's been closed longer than it was open?

space2k
space2k

Yes. Generally speaking, "hardcore punk" bands don't cover Tommy.

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