By Meredith Mclaughlin
Staff School Band Enthusiast
If there was a dictionary entry for the phrase “homogenous suburban high school with very low-budget music and art departments,” you can bet a picture of my high school would be right next to it, because I would have made that dictionary just to make this point. But yeah, when it came to self-expression, my school was kind of like the town from Footloose. That’s why when death metal band Acicula was formed, it was a topic of hot gossip. No one knew what to make of a garage band that played songs with titles like “Murder Passion” and “Queen of Brutality.” I think a lot of people joked about it when it first started up because everyone’s favorite song at the time was “The Boys Round Here” by Blake Shelton, and because Erik, the lead singer, was known before that as being the guy who wore a top hat and trench coat. That’s why everyone was a little shocked when Acicula actually started gaining traction and booking gigs. And honestly, I’m not a big fan of metal, but I went to one of their shows and they were talented. Acicula, something that started out as a local meme, became a success with two albums and 16 songs.
I knew Erik personally, and I knew he and the band were constantly practicing and working hard to make their music the best it could be. Which is why with a heavy heart, I, as well as the plethora of Acicula fans, must say goodbye to the most unique thing to come out of Garden City High School. On November 13th, Acicula held their last concert, and have since broken up. A friend of a friend of mine has been quoted as saying that the reason the band broke up was because they were “being dumb,” but the reason doesn’t matter. Acicula was a bastion of creativity and intense murder fantasies, and I am sad to see it go.