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Hot Takes with Follow the buzzards and The Normandys


Rock n’ Roll returns to the Mercury on Saturday, December 5, 2020 with two of Tulsa’s premier bands, Follow The Buzzards and The Normandys. Tickets to this very limited capacity banger can be had at https://www.mercuryloungetulsa.com/shows. Here are some quick “hot take” questions and answers from Tiffany Oliver of Follow The Buzzards and Pete Webb of The Normandys.


Poster By Thom Self


Follow The Buzzards (Tiffany Oliver, Bass)


What's the best part of being in a band?

T: The best part is probably all the people I've gotten to meet and become friends with since I started. Playing music has given me the chance to see so many incredible bands and meet so many amazing people.


The worst?

T: The worst part is probably equipment failure on stage. Being on stage is one of the best feelings until your gear breaks down in front of a bunch of people and then it immediately becomes one of the worst.


Would you rather play a 2000 capacity theater that's 3/4 full or a 1000 capacity club that's sold out?

T: 2000 capacity that's 3/4 full. I'm not worried about selling out a venue. We've played tons of shows to fewer than 20 people and I would be thrilled to pack every show we do to 3/4 capacity no matter what size the venue is.


What's the best part about your local music scene?

T: The best part is how much talent there is in Tulsa. I can't even count how many bands and musicians I've seen that I completely adore and admire.


The worst part?

T: The worst part is how much of that talent goes unrecognized. Most people in the scene are really supportive of each other but it would be nice if we could get more of a spotlight on Tulsa from outside the local community.


If you had to, would you rather be in a band with no bass player or a band with no singer?

T: No singer for sure. No bass player means I'm out of the job.


Beer or whisky?

T: Yes


Braum's or Whataburger?

T: Whataburger. Patty melts and honey butter chicken biscuits baby.



The Normandys (Pete Webb, Drums)


What's the best part of being in a band?

P: Being on stage. You kind of forget about all the other things going on in your life. You get in the music, the energy of the crowd, and your day at work, bad traffic, or back pain (in my case) just kind of gets lost for the next 45 minutes.


The worst?

P: The back pain.


Would you rather play a 2000 capacity theater that's 3/4 full or a 1000 capacity club that's sold out?

P: We would rather play a small sold out venue any day.


What's the best part about your local music scene?

P: The brotherhood, and diversity. We love being added to shows of different genres.


The worst part?

P: Tulsa's music scene is top notch, not much to complain about.


If you had to, would you rather be in a band with no bass player or a band with no singer?

P: We all decided no bass player. But instrumental punk might be the wave of the future.


Beer or whisky?

P: We mix the two together. It's called a "black-out and tan."


Braum's or Whataburger?

P: Whataburger...leave the Ice Cream to Braum's.



Cover photo and photo of Tiffany Oliver courtesy of Shea Higgerson: https://sheahiggerson.wixsite.com/mysite


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