Photos and text by Ashley Bradley
On Oct.29, some Trailer Space veterans played the record store one last time to say bon voyage to the now closed shop. Being Halloween weekend, lots of people came in costume, including New China who dressed in doughnut-covered jumpsuits, played a cover of Birthday Cake and threw Little Debbie snack cakes into the crowd. Though that was sweet (heh heh), the real surprise was Xetas jumping on this bill, coming straight to the show from tour. Seriously, straight from Tulsa, no stops at the house for nothing. The place was packed, tons of hugs were given and there were tons of stories about getting drunk and playing dice, moshing, breaking something, or just having an incredible time. Basketball Shorts, Mean Jolene and Oozer also graced the stage.
In true Spot Long form, when I asked him if I could get a photo of him for Ovrld, he responded by saying that our name makes him think of [insert penis joke here]. I laughed and told him that he made that joke the last time I talked to him about us. He chuckled and then looked over to guy next to him and said, “Did you hear that? I apparently already told her that penis joke before. Whaddya know?”
A question floating in the air was where all the random bands who come through town will play now, when they can’t snag a spot at Hotel Vegas or Beerland anyway. That was something Trailer Space was good for and will now be leaving a huge hole to fill. With each venue that closes its doors, more and more people become cynical that this is no longer the “Live Music Capital of the World.” It’s hard to argue when a venue/store with such a strong scene can’t even stay alive.
We’re gonna miss you, Trailer Space. Rest in peace.