Correction: The original version of this story misspelled H.D. Harmsen as H.D. Hermanson. We apologize and regret this error.
By Cole Komma
Ames247 Staff Writer
There is one attribute that is present within all of these bands, and it’s their adoration for performing.
“The Poison Control Center is a very big influence on Nate [Logsdon] and I. And those guys have been performing with that kind of zeal way before our time, way before we ever did,” said Chris Ford, frontman of Christopher the Conquered. “I try to make it worth it for us and give a sense of importance and meaning to the performance. As a result, we fully put ourselves into it because otherwise it’s just a waste of everybody’s time.”
Ford’s energy can also be seen as an anarchical cry at the institution he was surrounded by in his youth.
“I grew up in a religious, kind of hostile setting. Assemblies of God are a charismatic type of church. It’s the same church that Jerry Lee Lewis came up in,” Ford said.
Because of his early life, when he got to Iowa State, Ford was pushed to the opposite end of the religious spectrum.
“Since then, through music, having met so many people I respect, having so many different beliefs and perspectives has really pushed me to try and understand everybody for who they are,” Ford said.
Both Christopher the Conquered and The Poison Control Center are very used to playing with one another and keeping each other’s energy high. The two bands have played together “dozens of times” according to Ford, and coincidentally, Ford was also Poison Control Center’s drummer for a national tour.
“Chris is an extraordinary musician, whether it’s behind a drum kit or a piano or a microphone,” said Patrick Fleming, guitarist and vocalist for The Poison Control Center. “We love Chris as a person so we thought he’d be the perfect person to ask.”
Fleming also recorded Christopher the Conquered’s second record “You’re Gonna Glow In The Dark,” which was released on Maximum Ames Records. Fleming said he thought the record was “one of the greatest records to ever come out of Iowa.”
It has only been a couple weeks since the Maximum Ames Festival closed out another stellar year of musical talent, and being involved in such a supportive scene inspires Fleming.
“Every time I go to a show locally, it just makes me want to go home and write songs and play songs. … There’s just a lot of really great music being made in Iowa right now, and it’s something I’m just happy to be a part of.”
Poison Control Center, Christopher the Conquered and H.D. Harmsen
Where: DG’s Tap House
When: 8 p.m. Saturday