John Hawkwood's Blackfoot Sun
Art Rock / Dream Pop
John Hawkwood's Blackfoot Sun was rechristened in the summer of 2018 when G. M. H. Thompson became disillusioned by the musical direction the first band he started, Thee Oswalds, seemed to be taking. Despite playing the RFT's ShowcaseSTL 2018 & opening Whiskey War Fest 2018, Thee Oswalds seemed to be getting faster & louder, & G. M. H. was sick of it. People couldn't hear any of the vocals or guitars most of the time. Music was supposed to be better than this. Music was supposed to be beautiful. That was the raison d'êtra for renaming the band John Hawkwood's Blackfoot Sun.
Listening to the solo work of Nico, John Cale, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Bowie, & being broadly inspired by acts such as The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Roxy Music, Marc Bolan's T. Rex (& also Tyrannosaurs Rex), Le Orme, The Beach Boys, The Bee Gees, Phil Spector, & King Crimson opened his mind to the mesmerizing directions music can develop in if the mindless clichéd dictates of genre are examined artistically & challenged when they prove to be unaesthetic, always with an eye to uniting both pop & high art.
Halloween, October 31st :
Thursday, 10 p.m. :
Galeria Obscura :
2720 Cherokee St.,
St. Louis, MO 63118
Free Show for Michael's Birthday
The Saint Louis International Film Festival (closing ceremony) : Sunday, November 17th, 8:30 p.m. :
The Tivoli Theatre,
6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Saturday, November 23rd :
Red Fish, Blue Fish :
7 Hawks Nest Plaza, St Charles, MO 63303
John Hawkwood's Blackfoot Sun is currently recording a full-length album, which will include all songs G. M. H. Thompson wrote for Thee Oswalds (although with totally redesigned leads and basslines & at times different bridges, hooks, intros & outros, & even sometimes drastically altered chord structures, but all with the same words & with the same foundational riffs & rhythms).
This debut LP will be entitled "Thee Wizard of Os" & will be 14 songs in all, of about 43 minutes in length. G. M. H. Thompson is the sole songwriter of this upcoming collection. Vinyl records of it will be pressed. G. M. H. Thompson will be one of the producers of the album. "Thee Wizard of Os" is being mastered at Blue Lotus Studio.
"Risen from the ashes of propulsive proto-punk act Thee Oswalds, John Hawkwood's Blackfoot Sun sees songwriter (and occasional RFT contributor) G.M.H. Thompson turn his attention toward a distorted and warped vision of art rock."
--The Riverfront Times
G. M. H. Thompson is a published poet who came out with two chapbooks in 2018,-- the first, entitled "Yard Sale at the Devil's Petting Zoo", with Spartan Press (Kansas City), & the second, simply called "Kitsch", with Bad Jacket (Saint Louis).
In addition, verse by him has appeared in such publications as The Charition Review, Scifaikuest, Road Not Taken: Journal of Formal Poetry, Xanadu, & two Scurfpea Publishing annual poetry anthologies (for 2016 & 2017), as well as a number of others.
G. M. H. is currently working (somewhat slowly) on a themed series of sonnets, as well as an illustrated archipelago of haiku.