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Filligar

I've talked about Filligar before, but they are undoubtedly one of my favorite bands I have come across in the past decade that I need to talk about them more.

To begin with (everything (Almost Famous fans will get that)), Filligar is simply a great band.  My personal fondness for them as people aside, they are great musicians.  And they are really terrific people.  I've seen them nine times and, with the exception of the first show, I have spent considerable time with them pre and post show and they're always a great hang.

I think the biggest thing for me is that they have what I want (but have been unable to maintain): a band in the true sense of the word.  They're brothers and a friend.  They started in a basement playing Nirvana songs.  They've been a band longer than I have been playing guitar.   Everyone contributes to the writing.  They tour around the country in a van.  They've played venues that hold 50 people and venues that hold 20,000 people.  They did it on their own terms and as organic as possible.  And they did it together.

You know what?  I lied.  Te biggest reason why I love them is because they inspire me.  Whenever I listen to Filligar or see them live, I'm always inspired to write, to play, to book more shows, and to do more in general.  I go home excited.  

So thanks, boys, for your music and for your inspiration.  I'll see you on the road soon, and I'll come visit you on the west coast or in Chicago one of these days. 

This video is one of their latest (and one of my favorite) songs, "Pacific Time," off their latest album Hexagon .