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Saturday, May 28, 2022

La Cerca West Coast Tour Dates

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Song Premiere: "Strange Shapes" by Desario

[Repost from The Big Takeover Magazine; May 17, 2022]

Sacramento, California’s Desario premieres “Strange Shapes” with The Big Takeover, including a remix by Peter Holmström of The Dandy Warhols.

Big Takeover is excited to host the premiere of “Strange Shapes”, the new single from Sacramento-based Desario, who return with their fourth album Signal and Noise on July 15, their first LP since III on Test Pattern Records in 2017. Signal and Noise finds the four-piece jumping to Fort Lowell Records, an independent label out of Wilmington, NC, and churning out another tight set of indie rock tunes that mines a darker-tinged shoegaze rooted in British post-punk and new wave.

Signal and Noise starts off like a lighthouse sending out a solitary beam of light, piercing the night sky and stretching deep toward a dark horizon. That ray in “Lonely Lights” seems to move slowly at the most distant point in its rotation, guitars whirring to life, and appears to pick up speed as it rounds the bend and approaches with the rhythm section kicking in. But the record hits its stride on lead single “Strange Shapes.” The marriage of a dream poppy, jangled guitar with a melodic bass line and that tick-a-tick 16-beat centered on the cymbals is great on its own. And then the fuzzy guitars join the fray on the chorus.

But Desario have other tricks up their sleeves on this one as well. They slow things down on “Things We Left Behind,” a brooding song that echoes something like MBV’s “Sometimes” but with an airy, ethereal vocal line placed more up front in the mix. “Wired Wrong” pushes things in a poppier if not peppier direction. It’s a simple enough pop song where the bass part grabs you before giving way to the repeated mantra-like “everything went wrong when you went away” chorus.

Look, if you eagerly line up under the banner that reads shoegaze for your music, then you hope they are playing Signal and Noise when you get there. The five year wait for new Desario is over and it is an album that should tide listeners over. There are enough layers to like about this one.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Concert Photography by Andrew Berg - Hotel Congress, May 21, 2022, Tucson AZ

Tracy Shedd
Tracy Shedd
Tracy Shedd
Tracy Shedd
Soda Sun
Soda Sun
Soda Sun
Soda Sun
Gabriel Naïm Amor
Gabriel Naïm Amor
La Cerca
La Cerca
La Cerca
La Cerca

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Song Premiere: "Bats!" by KITIMOTO

[Repost from The Big Takeover Magazine; May 8, 2022]

Phoenix, Arizona’s KITIMOTO premieres their charging punk single “Bats!” with The Big Takeover, imploring listeners to “pray to the sand.”

Though Vintage Smell is the debut album by the Phoenix based indie rock quartet KITIMOTO, the record is the result of decades of slow growth and metamorphosis. It’s akin to the kind of steady evolution band leader Jon Douglas (A Technicolor Yawn) charts in his work as a biologist: KITIMOTO may technically be a new group, but in reality it’s the latest in a long series of projects its members have tinkered with since first meeting in the Arizona DIY art-punk scene more than 15 years ago.

Backed by bassist Zane Gillum, drummer Cavan Noone, and guitarist Jason P. Woodbury, KITIMOTO finds Douglas reaching deep into his songbook, gathering up compositions he’s woodshedded since the early 2000s in the Chicago rock scene, and pairing them with newly written works. The resulting record is one that collapses time, drawing on ‘60s counterculture, classic ‘70s singer/songwriter work, ’80s alterna-pop, ‘90s indie rock, and a wealth of naturalistic and vividly comic imagery drawn from various moments in Douglas’ own autobiography.

Recorded live to two-inch tape in late 2020 and early 2021 at Oracle Recording at Rancho Linda Vista by producer Austin Z. Owen (Los Puchos, Slow Moses), Vintage Smell was mastered by Brian J. Sulpizio, known for his work with Ryley Walker and Health & Beauty—of which Douglas was once a member. Located in the remote desert town of Oracle, the studio sits at the heart of a ranch established in 1910, which eventually became home to an intentional community founded in 1968 by artist Charles Littler. In its original dude ranch incarnation, it hosted stars like George Sanders, Gary Cooper, and Rita Hayworth, and was the place Andy Warhol chose to shoot his X-rated western, Lonesome Cowboys, which baffled the locals.

On songs like “Mexico” and “How Do You Keep,” dueling guitars lock into heated conversation Television-style, veering into “indie jam” territory, while “Time Saved” finds the foursome chugging on Blue Album-style crunch rock. Elsewhere, Douglas indulges his soft side with the country soul ballad “Get Out Alive” and the vivid psychedelic pop of “Semaphore,” which leans into samba rhythms and Mellotron swirls.

Though hardly a “desert rock” album in the traditional sense, the remote space of Rancho Linda Vista proved the perfect place to capture these songs, which range from the charging punk of “Bats!”, which implores the listener to “pray to the sand,” to the future facing “Seventy,” its fuzzy guitars nodding to the band’s combined love for Pavement and oversized riffs.

Throughout it all, Douglas facilitates between low key cool and singing these songs like his life depends on them, folding his oblique wordplay into hooky melodies over intricate rhythms and easy grooves alike. It’s a testament to the gradual pace of evolution. Douglas and KITIMOTO may have only spent a few weekends in the desert recording, but these songs carry the weight of years spent shaping and refining.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

'Luz de Vida' concert benefitting survivors of homicide victims Saturday, May 21

For Lowell Records, iHeartRadio, Zia Records hosting event

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Fort Lowell Records is throwing on a concert, celebrating the official album release of Luz de Vida II.

All proceeds will directly benefit Homicide Survivors, Inc. (HSI).

"Losing someone you love is devastating and unimaginable. Having the team from HSI by your side to help process, grieve, navigate and supporting victims and survivors lets us know that we never have to walk alone," Monique Vallery, a homicide survivor, expressed.

Vallery credits the nonprofit for helping her heal.

"HSI gave my family a voice for our loved one when we didn’t have the strength to speak and they have continued to give us hope that in time we will be able to start to heal," she shared.

This concert features the following artists:
  • La Cerca
  • Soda Sun
  • Tracy Shedd
  • Young Mothers
  • Kitimoto and JPW
  • Gabriel Naïm Amor

The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Hotel Congress Plaza. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 the day of.

"We were fortunate when my brother and two co-workers were murdered in 1999. Their employer generously paid for all three funerals," Kathy Weir, a homicide survivor, told KGUN 9.

She says fundraisers like this concert are crucial to families dealing with homicide trauma.

"Not everyone is the recipient of this level of compassion and generosity," Weir said. "These fundraisers are essential to assist the families to deal with circumstances that are often beyond their means."

iHeartRadio and Zia Records are also working together to make this concert happen.

A Light in Dark Times

[Repost from Tucson Sentinel; Julie Jennings Patterson, May 21, 2022]

More than a decade has passed since what's been dubbed the "Tucson Shooting" — the Jan. 8, 2011, mass shooting targeting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in which 6 people were killed and Giffords and dozen of her constituents were injured. In the time since, such incidents have sadly not become more rare and the survivors of violence and homicide grow in number daily, here and across the country. And while music alone is not a lasting solutions to systemic problems, it's pretty damned good at helping us process feelings of rage and loss and helplessness and despair and overwhelm and the sorts of things survivors feel in at least some small way every average minute of every average day of the rest of their lives. If music can raise some money in the process, so much the better. That was the idea behind the first Luz de Vida compilation, organized in the wake of the Giffords tragedy and it's what fuels Luz de Vida II, a follow up compilation released by Fort Lowell Records late last year and formally celebrating its vinyl release this Saturday at a live show on the Hotel Congress Plaza. The event features a number of Fort Lowell Records recording artists including La Cerca, Naim AMor, Soda Sun, Tracy Shedd, Kitimoto, Young Mothers and JPW and benefits local nonprofit Homicide Survivors, Inc.

Luz de Vida II Album Release Party

[Repost from Tucson Lifestyle Magazine; by Scott Barker, May 2022]

Live music will fill the air at the Hotel Congress Plaza at a fundraiser for Homicide Survivors, Inc. Performing at this release party for Fort Lowell Records’ latest — Luz de Vida II — will be Tracy Shedd, Soda Sun, Gabriel Naim Amor, La Cerca, Kitimoto, Young Mothers, and JPW.

The tracks on Luz de Vida II are: Calexico — “Wash (La Luz Brillante)”; Tracy Shedd — “Chasing Time”; Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — “Thousand Oaks (Luz de Vida)”; Juarez — “Ghosts in the Room”; L’Orange — “A Rich Life & Longing”; Dr. Dog — “Loneliness”; Gabriel Naïm Amor — “La Nuit Pour Nous Deux”; Acorn Bcorn — “Scraps”; XIXA — “Crystal Road (Luz de Vida)”; The Resonars — “It’s the Same”; Hannah Yeun — “All That Matters is the Wind”; Soda Sun — “Grape Juice”; and Amos Lee — “El Camino (Solo Acoustic)”. Though the styles of the music vary wildly, ranging from folk to punk, the album is cohesive, like something put out by Hôtel Costes in the 1990s, though with 1960s influences and all filtered through a desert landscape. It’s exciting to hear so many bands — including high-profile acts — with Arizona connections being given a showcase that’s benefiting an important organization.

Homicide Survivors was created back in 1982 by Gail Leland after her 14-yearold son Richard was murdered and she recognized the need for an organization that would provide critical support to the parents of murdered children. Originally launched as Parents of Murdered Children, the non-profit organization developed the group Homicide Survivors to advocate for legislative changes for crime victims rights, compensation and assistance. 7 pm. For more information,

Tracy Shedd; photo by Scott Madgett

Friday, May 20, 2022

OUT NOW: Desario "Strange Shapes" [Digital Single]

The first single -- "Strange Shapes" -- from Sacramento, California dreamy jangle pop rockers' -- Desario's -- fourth studio album -- Signal and Noise [out July 15th]-- is available now on all music platforms, and includes a remix by The Dandy Warhols' own Peter Holmström.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Bop Shop: Songs from Kendrick Lamar, B.I., My Chemical Romance, and more

[Repost from MTV News; by Patrick Hosken, May 13, 2022]
Jason P. Woodbury recently called his album Something Happening/Always Happening a collection of "meditation pop/spiritual twang." For someone who just became a father, these words felt like they vibrated at the right frequency for me. So I dug in to find that "Wealth of the Canyon," a standout track, plays like a desert broadcast from the past where remnants of space-age pop mingle with an undeniably easy (and breezy) feeling you might've found out Topanga in 1972. Its message is clear and whispers to you in the voice of everyone and no one: "Hey, everything's gonna be alright." What a relief. —Patrick Hosken

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Fort Lowell Records at Cruel World Festival

Four Fort Lowell Records artists were represented yesterday (May 14) cat the Cruel World Music Festival in Pasadena CA: [L-R] Mike Yoas of Desario [Sacramento CA], Kevin Unwin of fairweatherfriend [Tucson AZ], J Holt Evans III of Lauds [Wilmington NC], and Tracy Shedd [Wilmington NC]. 💛🧡❤️💖

Friday, May 13, 2022

OUT NOW: KITIMOTO "Bats!" [Digital Single]

The third single from your new favorite indie rock band — KITIMOTO — is out today; from their debut album — Vintage Smell — due out June 24th on 12inch vinyl. “Bats!” is available on all digital platforms, and as a very special surprise on this Friday the 13th, KITIMOTO has included a *Bonus Track* — “Aphex Djinn” — with the digital single! Check it out today, and CLICK HERE to preorder their LP before it’s sold out! 🙀 For fans of Built to SpillParquet CourtsThe Pixies, and Spoon.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Listen: JPW – “Wealth of the Canyon”

[Repost from Petal Motel; by Lara Bennett, May 3, 2022]

Petal Motel is beyond thrilled to announce and premiere the first single “Wealth of the Canyon” from JPW’s debut solo album, Something Happening / Always Happening, out September 9th on Fort Lowell Records.

JPW is of course the moniker for none other than Jason P. Woodbury. It’s no surprise that the tastemaker’s first full-length is a gorgeous blend of favorite sounds, yet something completely unique and brand new. Inspired by the rural expanses of Jason’s native Pinal County, Arizona, soul searching, and the influence of his expansive record collection, Something Happening / Always Happening showcases how the Transmissions podcast host’s voice seamlessly transforms into something extremely pleasant to listen to. “Wealth of the Canyon” highlights Jason’s Mayfield-like falsetto, the organ and percussion working together to weave a hypnotic, laid-back groove, and an echoing guitar line accented with subtle sounds of the desert, like an eagle screech. This song could not get much cooler, but I promise that there is so much to look forward to with the full album release.

Pre-sale will be live on June 9th so follow Fort Lowell on Bandcamp

The album was produced by Michale Krassner of Boxhead Ensemble

Some words from Ben Chasny:

It’s got a killer vibe like that Donnie and Joe record but with a cool Jesus and Mary Chain melodic sense, but waaay more laid back, desert-style so it sounds totally unique.

And a few more from Ben Seretan:

Every jangly guitar chord ever broadcast over AM radio is still out there vibrating, one wave among many in the ever-expanding cosmos. They hear Roy Orbison’s three-octaves loud and clear at the other end of the galaxy, the Vox Continental minor/major organ stabs from ’96 Tears’ teeter around the edge of some celestial Kirby Crackle, The Ronettes’ broken hearted melodies bounce off purple deserts on the dark side of Venus. The songs are out there, you simply have to tune your instruments to them.

Jason Woodbury is a galactic citizen, dialing in from the Sonoran Desert on planet Earth. Something Happening / Always Happening is the debut from his project JPW. It’s a collection of songs you might hear on the radio after a cosmic camping trip, familiar but far off. Songs for stepping out of the spaceship to crack a goddamn cold one on a blurry summer day, taking a moment to enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass.

Woodbury’s voice may be familiar to those interested in the more theologic strains of American songwriting. For the last decade, he’s penned liner notes and criticism, and contributed to Aquarium Drunkard, hosting the weekly Transmissions podcast and Range and Basin on Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab, a radiophonic showcase for his love of comic books, science fiction, and mysticism. All of that is legible on the surface of Something Happening / Always Happening, but here listeners are gifted with another side of Jason’s voice: his singing, which is just as unhurried and serene as you’d expect.

Mostly self-recorded by Woodbury with longtime musical collaborators Zach Toperek and Zane Gillum, the album was produced by Michael Krassner of Boxhead Ensemble, a long running instrumental combo which has aligned members of Dirty ThreeCalifoneWill OldhamGastr del SolJim O’Rourke, and many more. A natural outgrowth of their work together on Range and Basin and shared love of Arizona’s diverse topography, Krassner wandered deep into the sounds, adding guitar and piano to the ghostly tones, percolating Rhythm Ace drum machine beats, and sand dune surf guitars. The result is mood music in a sense—listen casually and you might even miss the unexplained aerial phenomena before your eyes. But by the time the final / title track, built on a sample of Link Cromwell‘s (Lenny Kaye) “Crazy Like a Fox,” reaches its atomizing 9th minute, Woodbury’s thesis is clear: not only are we all made of star stuff, that stuff is alive and vibrating. Adjust your frequencies and hear it sing.” 

Cover Photo by Dorothea Lange, November 1940 Taken in a cotton field near Coolidge, Arizona; via US National Archives and Records Administration

Friday, May 6, 2022

OUT NOW: JPW "Wealth of the Canyon" [Digital Single]

JPW is the moniker for Jason P. Woodbury, host of Aquarium Drunkard's weekly Transmissions podcast and Range and Basin on Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard with dublab.  Today, JPW's first single -- "Wealth of the Canyon" -- from their debut album -- Something Happening / Always Happening -- is out as a digital single on all platforms.

"“Wealth of the Canyon” highlights Jason’s Mayfield-like falsetto, the organ and percussion working together to weave a hypnotic, laid-back groove. This song could not get much cooler." ~ Petal Motel

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Explore the magic mind behind the 'Black Lives Do Matter' art installation: Greyson Davis

[Repost from StarNews Online; by John Staton, May 4, 2022]

He's a man of many names, not to mention games.

As a visual artist, he goes by HP Fangs, which is short for Happy Fangs. His rapper name, if you will, for his past and future life as a hip-hop musician, is Haji P, short for Haji Pajamas.

His students call him Mr. Greyson, kind of like his personal Facebook page, which is "Regular Greyson." 

For boring and vaguely legal reasons we'll call him Greyson Davis. But whichever name you know him by, he's a Wilmington artist like none other whose eye-catching work runs the gamut from playful to profound.

"Me and my therapist are working through all of my names," Haji P said with a laugh during an interview in the classroom where he works teaching art to middle-school girls at Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, or GLOW, where he's been employed since 2016. 

"Middle-schoolers are still down to be weird," Davis said, which is why he prefers teaching students of that age. 

He looks like the coolest teacher you ever had — long braids, black ball cap with "Santa Cruz" in Gothic lettering, a form-fitting black T-shirt with his own illustrations and the slogan "make art" — and Davis is always down to get a little weird, as evidenced by some of his work on the classroom walls, like one of a bright pink brain emitting a noxious green cloud that spells out the words, "Brain fart!"

It's the kind of irreverent sentiment that endears him to his students, whose work Davis promotes on his social media channels and encourages during regular meetings of a school-wide art club. 

"Anything I do I try to make them a part of it," he said. 

Keep smiling

If you live in Wilmington, you've probably seen the work of HP Fangs whether you know it or not.

If you've driven down North Third Street in downtown Wilmington where it turns into the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, you've seen Davis' large-scale installation spelling out the words" Black Lives Do Matter" in giant letters decorated by everything from the visages of Black luminaries to the work of iconic Wilmington artist Minnie Evans to his own trademark logo, turning up as a gap-toothed grin punctuating an exclamation mark.

The Wilmington City Council recently approved the installation, which first went up in 2020, to stand for another year. 

The HP Fangs hallmark is an illustration of a toothy, cartoonish grin that shows up in many forms, from little stickers for local ice cream shop Boombalatti's to a recent billboard asking people to "smile," just to cite two examples.

The visual is an HP Fangs original, but there's something so comfortable and familiar about it that it feels like it's always been part of your consciousness, whether it's a smiling rainbow heart or just that grin, sometimes capped with a gold tooth, coming out of and obliterating the darkness.

Troubled times

Before he became a teacher and an artist, Haji P — the name was inspired by the character Hadji from the old Johnny Quest cartoons — was best-known in Wilmington as a hip-hop artist, performing with such groups as Brown Co. and Rec League. He also released an excellent solo album, "Neighborhood Kid," back in 2010.

But back to art for a second: Davis currently has a piece in the "State of the Art/Art of the State" exhibit at the Cameron Art Museum, where he's a teaching artist. He also recently had an exhibit of his '80s-inspired illustrations at the second Princess Street location of the Memory Lane comic book shop, which has been featuring Davis' work on its walls for years. 

A huge comic book fan, as well as a devotee of '80s and '90s pop culture — "I don't do anything besides read comics and watch cartoons," Davis said, "I'm like a 12-year-old" — Memory Lane is where you can find him most every Wednesday when new comic books are released. Memory Lane, he said, is also "one of the reasons HP Fangs is a thing."

In addition to caricatures of '80s favs like Alf, Calvin & Hobbes and Pac-Man, Davis makes plenty of original work as well. 

Some of it is for Davis' daughter, a "beautiful monster" who's 6, and whose picture Davis keeps hanging above his desk. He started drawing and writing for her not long after she was born, and he still makes coloring books for her, mostly pictures of "dumb animals being goofballs."

Doubling down on his creativity, Davis said, helped him get through a major rough patch by providing him a new path forward.

Within a year in the middle of last decade, he said, a split with his ex-fiancee led to a custody battle over their daughter. Then, the father he never really knew reached out to him, dredging up all sorts of emotions made even more complicated by the fact that Davis' father was extremely ill (he ultimately recovered).

Also around that time, Davis, who is Black, was the victim of what he calls "a racially motivated attack" in Leland. 

It was a lot for Davis, who'd been dealing with depression since moving from Hawaii to Fayetteville as a teenager, to handle all at once. A suicide attempt landed him in the hospital, where he was forced to take a long, hard look at his mental health. 

It was difficult at the time, but "I'm so glad I went," he said.

He wasn't supposed to have any sharp objects, but a hospital employee snuck him in a pencil set. He began making cartoons of the staff, little "comical blurbs of whatever our relationship was."

"That's when drawing really started to be it for me," he said. "I was like, 'This is going to be my anchor.'"

'It's just a butt'

For many years, even after graduating from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in Communications in the early 2000s, music was Haji P's main focus. Still, he'd always done art to some degree, and now he reconnected with the artists who first inspired him, including Keith Haring, Charles Schulz and Jim Henson. ("I can probably quote the entire 'Muppet Movie' from start to finish.")

The music he made in the 2000s and 2010s was often goofy and fun while simultaneously speaking to more serious topics, an aesthetic that often, but not always, shows up in his art. 

Not long after he started posting pictures of his work on Instagram about six years ago, Davis got a couple of offers to illustrate children's books. One, "But Daddy, I Don't Like That," by Terrence Lovett, about a kid who didn't want to eat his veggies, proved moderately successful. It also inspired him to change his Instagram handle to HP Fangs from its original and less family-friendly name, Butt Biters, a name he chose because "it made me laugh."

Sometimes, though, a butt just needs to be a butt, even if he's showing his work to the curator of a nationally known museum. When he submitted a painting to the CAM's "State of the Art/Art of the State" exhibit, Haji P found himself in front of Dr. Maia Nuku of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, one of three curators of the show.

When deciding which work he wanted to submit — each artist got just one — he thought, "This might be the only opportunity I ever have to have my work in a museum. What if I just draw a butt?"

And so, Davis submitted a painting of a cartoonish derriere passing a big green cloud of gas. It made him laugh, so he drew it. Nuku loved it, and even posed smiling for a picture next to Davis with the work. 

"She asked me, 'Is this some kind of comment on COVID-19?' Nah, it's just a butt. Then she was like, 'Oh, thank God.'"

Then, she said "the illest thing that anyone's ever said about my work. She goes, '22 lines.' She had counted my strokes. 'You did more with those 22 lines than most people could.' I was so hyped up."

If there is often a light-heartedness to Davis' work, he said, it's partly because "I have to remind myself to smile."

He worries, though, about crossing the line from positive to Pollyanna.

"I wonder where that line is," he said. "I get where it can be wild irritating" when someone is relentlessly, mindless positive.

Perhaps one reason Davis' work comes across as carefree and cool rather than cheesy is because it's ultimately rooted in a darkness he's always fighting against. His work is at once serious and not, which he says is a "complete manifestation of being bipolar."

Then there's the work that could be considered Davis' magnum opus to date, the "Black Lives Do Matter" installation. Located on city-owned property, the installation was approved by the Wilmington City Council in 2020 after encountering a fair amount of opposition. Originally intended as a "Black Lives Matter" installation, the council only approved the project after the word "do" was added, something that drew the ire of BLM activists, who saw it as watering down the message.

Looking back, Davis recalls the whole saga as something of "a yikes event." It still pains him to talk about it to some degree, even though he has largely made peace with it. 

"At first, I hated it. I fully understand and agree with why (the activists) were mad," he said. "I felt like a race traitor. I was getting hate mail from both sides" — those who didn't want the installation at all, and those who didn't want it with what they saw as an "extra," diluting word. 

Ultimately, Davis said, he decided to do it, mainly because "it felt arrogant not to do," he said. "It still means Black Lives Matter."

More pictures of dumb things

It's not like he hasn't faced racism in his life, like every other Black person. His old hip-hop duo, Brown Co., which he formed with a friend from high school, got its name after they decided to take ownership of a racist taunt they encountered at a party.

Even as he's become known as a visual artist, Haji P still has music in the back of his mind. 

"I am craving doing one more album," he said. "I love writing and I still write."

In fact, he's currently working with Wilmington label Fort Lowell Records on releasing new music, although the details aren't quite ready to publicize.

"Haji is super talented," said Fort Lowell's James Tritten. "His music is amazing. I had no idea (he made music) all this time, just knowing him as an illustrator."

Likewise, Tritten said, when he brought up Haji P's artwork to the Wilmington rappers in MindsOne, who did shows with Davis back in the 2000s, they had no idea that he also did visual art.

Moving forward, it could be that Davis does work in both genres. For now, you can see his art adorning new labels from Wilmington's New Anthem Beer Project, and he'll be at Memory Lanwith his work for Free Comic Book Day on May 7. 

One of his dreams is to create a student art gallery where kids can sell their work, a spot where he can teach, work, play, learn and help kids.

Davis said he's often asked, "'What's your end goal?' I dunno, draw more pictures of dumb things."

But as a kid who grew up reading the funny papers and admiring the work he saw, "I feel like I want to give 8-year-old me a high five," Davis said. "'We did it!'"
Wilmington artist HP Fangs/Haji Pajamas/Greyson Davis at Memory Lane Comics, in downtown Wilmington, N.C. April 27, 2022. Davis is a regular and has displayed his work there for years.
"Black Lives Do Matter" installation by Wilmington artist Greyson Davis/Haji P/HP Fangs, along North Third Street by the Isabel Holmes Bridge.
A billboard featuring the work of Wilmington artist HP Fangs, aka Haji P, aka Greyson Davis.
Wilmington artist HP Fangs/Haji Pajamas/Greyson Davis at Memory Lane Comics, in downtown Wilmington, N.C. April 27, 2022. Davis is a regular and has displayed his work there for years.
Caricature of Calvin and Hobbes by Wilmington artist Greyson Davis/Haji P/HP Fangs, who's a big fan of '80 and '90s pop culture.
Painting by Wilmington artist Greyson Davis/Haji P/HP Fangs.