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About Plaid Faction...

Since most people would click on this site and go "What is a Plaid Faction?" I figured I needed to include this section to fill in those gaps for anyone interested in actually reading through this stuff.  So without further ado...

Why is this site here?

Eh... It's mostly for selfish, cathartic reasons.  On the afternoon of December 3, 2006, I was sitting in a movie theater watching the movie "The Prestige" and it dawned on me all of the sudden that this date was the 15th anniversary of the first Plaid Faction gig.  It kind of hit me like a ton of bricks.  I thought things like, "Holy crap, am I really that old?!" and "I gotta call the guys or something!"  So after the movie I went home and tried to contact someone from the band and I couldn't get a hold of anyone at all.  It was a bummer.  We had all lost touch with each other. 

Then I started reminiscing about the days of old and the great Plaid Faction stories.  Lots of good times were had.  Then I realized that these memories were slowly slipping away.  Even though we have all moved on and hopefully all have rich, fulfilling lives now, the several years spent in Plaid Faction were for better or worse, a good piece of history.  A piece of history that I (and hopefully others) don't want to lose due to failing memories and spring cleanings.  So at that point I decided to spend some time putting together a site for Plaid Faction. 

At the point of writing this none of the other members or old fans know this is going on.  I hope that as they discover the site and the reasoning for putting it up that they will in turn start digging through their closets and memories for old Plaid Faction stuff and get it to me one way or another so it can ultimately be added to this museum of sorts.  So to answer the question...

This website was created as an online repository for all things Plaid Faction.  I thought it would be a good idea to get that stuff converted to digital media and centrally locate it on the web so that the few folks that might be interested in seeing it could get to it any time they wanted.  On to the next main question...

What is a Plaid Faction?

Plaid Faction was a Dallas-based band that played in Texas and surrounding states during the 1990's.  Pinpointing when the group was formed will differ depending on who you talk to :)  I feel like the group was originally formed by J.C. Francis and myself (Jarrett Hinds) circa 1990 (see stories for more info) and that we pulled the rest of the group together.  The band played together for the better part of the 1990's and had some decent success and wrote some good tunes (if we do say so ourselves)

I estimate that Plaid Faction had roughly 750 gigs as a band and recorded at least 30 songs on 4-5 tapes/CDs.  The band had countless other tunes written that never made it to a recording unfortunately.  Hopefully as we dig through our collective closets more and more of these songs will be unearthed.  Plaid Faction gigged extensively in Dallas as well as other Texas cities such as Ft. Worth, Denton, Lewisville, Waco, Tyler, Palestine, Witchita Falls, Houston, Austin, Waxahachie, Maypearl, and even into Oklahoma to Norman and Oklahoma City.  Well, we didn't actually make it to the stage in OKC, but that's a tale for the stories section :)

Plaid Faction had a pretty wide base of music influences including in somewhat chronological order:  Living Colour, Faith No More, Led Zepplin, Lenny Kravitz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, etc.  As you will probably notice while listening to the songs on the site, the band's overall sound got harder and harder as the years went on.  I always said as we got screwed over more and more by the music industry that our music reflected that anger culminating with some pretty intense musically ideas on the band's only CD release.

So now I know WTF Plaid Faction was, where did you get that crazy name?

The answer to that is a long one and it's probably better suited for the stories section.