Salt Lake, are you sure you're ready for the BH Surfers?
The smark-alecky Austin, Texas,quartet is already well-known for its onstage antics - such as bringing strippers with them on tour - but getting a major-label record deal (with Capitol Records) may have mellowed them some-what."Eventually you kind of get tired of setting your hand on fire," said guitarist Paul Leary, referring to Surfers singer Gibby Haynes, who in the band's early days would set certain body parts afire.
Similarly, the band's current album,"Independent Worm Saloon" (their second released on Capitol, and first actually recorded for the label), may be the most "normal" thing the Surfers have ever done. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the old Surfer spirit is gone.
"It's just something I've always wanted to do," Leary said about vomiting noises that appear on the new album. "Capitol Records spends a third of a million dollars to put in the studio with (former Led Zeppelin bassist) John Paul Jones, and I just couldn't resist returning them a favor with a minute-and-a-half of nonstop vomiting."
Despite such tomfoolery, "Independent Worm Saloon" has gained mainstream acceptance (especially its first single, "Who Was In My Room Last Night?") and has the band on what could be its breakthrough tour, with co-headliners Stone Temple Pilots.
Stone Temple Pilots and BH Surfers, along with openers Basehead and fIREHOSE, will play the Saltair Pavilion Saturday, July 10.
However, Leary scoffs at any talk of the Surfers "selling out."
"I don't see any merit in wallowing in poverty," he said. "If a band called the BH Surfers can get signed to a major label, I think that's pretty funny."
Capitol courted the band following its successful stint on the first Lollapalooza tour, and soon after picked up distribution of the Surfers' "Pioughd," which was originally released on the now-defunct U.S. Rough Trade label.
"Capitol was hands-off, except to provide lots of money," Leary said. "John Paul Jones just wanted us to stick to our more rocking songs for some reason, instead of our more psychedelic, swirly songs."
Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7 p.m., are $16.50 (with a surcharge) in advance from all Smith'sTix outlets. The show is a United Concerts production.