Byline: Chelle LaFleur — The Gathering Rising


Welcome back to the musings of fictional musical journalist Chelle LaFleur!

So Chelle‘s been keeping this spot humming lately, hasn’t she? And she’s not stopping now. She’s not allowed, not so long as the city’s humming like it’s going places. Wouldn’t that be nice.

That’s why it’s so important that all you out there in newspaper land get off your rears and get out to experience for real some of what Chelle’s so busy writing about. I don’t do this so you can stay home, peoples. I do it so you all know where to best spend your precious entertainment dollars. In other words: I suffer so you don’t have to.

The Gathering Rising is the latest discovery that Chelle just can’t stop raving about. A band out of Omaha, they look like Nerdvana would look if Nerdvana were trying to look like contemporary geeks. Yeah, you know the type; they’re what Chelle had expected Temple of the Book to be. Cerebral. Electronic. The sort you get stoned and listen to. Not that Chelle or anyone at the Trumpet gets stoned or advocates getting stoned, mind you. It’s just that anyone who does might get more out of the music. Ready for a big word? Aural. Grab a dictionary; Chelle di. Expand your mind. That’s what aural means. That’s what The Gathering Rising does. They may not have screaming guitars, but they’ve got a cool name and a sound that indie rockers will dig. And while Chelle hopes that indie rock never takes over the throne from good ol’ Rock and Roll, she’s thinking that The Gathering Rising can break away from college radio and make bunches more fans.

You heard it first and you heard it here: If you see Chelle in a Nerdvana or The Gathering Rising t-shirt, don’t be shocked. The best metalheads are those who know there’s more to music than heavy.

This was actually inspired by literary agent Nathan Bransford’s not-so-recent comment about book titles involving the words Gathering and Rising. That, of course, inspired this. I was going to make them a metal band, but just for Nathan, I made them more the sort I think he’d like. Which sort of explains right there why he’s probably not the right agent for me.

At any rate, for more top-tier writings and poetry, check out Rhian’s poetry train! And join in, will ya?



  1. Rhian / Crowwoman

    September 3, 2007 9:49 am

    Psssst – Susan. Errr, this is kinda embarrassing. Would you tell Trev he accidently took my bra with him when he collected his stuff from the FF room this morning? i need it back. Ummm – thanks. REALLY! THANKS! grin!

  2. Nancy

    September 3, 2007 10:15 am

    There is more than heavy metal, are you sure??? LOL!

  3. Sparky Duck

    September 3, 2007 10:24 am

    are Nirvana and Temple of the Dog going to be filing lawsuits?

  4. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 3, 2007 10:36 am

    Hope so, Sparky! I could use the publicity!

  5. Amy Ruttan

    September 3, 2007 10:38 am

    LOL!!! Now that would be interesting to see some court action if there are some lawsuit issues. That’s a great suggestion Sparky and you’re right Susan Mucho great publicity.

  6. gautami tripathy

    September 3, 2007 11:11 am

    I like that cerebral electronic stuff. It keeps me stoned.BR/BR/*grin*

  7. Jill

    September 3, 2007 1:40 pm

    You were just reading my post as I was reading yours!!!!BR/Chelle has done a great job in descriving them!! Seems like a great group!! ShapeShifter might have some competition!!

  8. rhet

    September 3, 2007 1:57 pm

    Not that Chelle or anyone at the Trumpet gets stoned or advocates getting stoned, mind you.BR/BR/Ha!

  9. Red Garnier

    September 3, 2007 2:58 pm

    Suze, this is brilliant!!! Brilliant! I can’t believe I’ve been missing Chelle . . .=)

  10. Ann

    September 3, 2007 10:12 pm

    That was too funny. Great post.

  11. Tempest Knight

    September 4, 2007 10:59 am

    Cool! Rocking geeks! Hahaha!

  12. cheesygiraffe

    September 4, 2007 1:06 pm

    Hi Chelle! I’ve missed reading “you’re articles”. *G*

  13. Camille Alexa

    September 4, 2007 2:54 pm

    IWhich sort of explains right there why he’s probably not the right agent for me./IBR/BR/What kind of agent do you see as a ‘right’ agent? What would that person need to like or dislike to be a good fit to represent your work? Just curious.

  14. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 4, 2007 4:06 pm

    Good question, Camille. I guess someone who gets what I’m doing, first and foremost. That means the vibe as well as the content.BR/BR/And they’ve got to have a good sales record and all that jazz, too. You know: be successful and not a scheister.

  15. Bob-kat

    September 4, 2007 6:25 pm

    There is indeed more to music than nheavy but that doesn’t mean it’s better!BR/BR/What is it with Chelle and the geek / nerd thing? 🙂

  16. Camille Alexa

    September 6, 2007 4:43 pm

    Thanks for the answer, Susan. I wish for you the most compatible of agents.

  17. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 6, 2007 4:55 pm

    It was actually a wussy answer, Camille, and I’ve been trying to edit it in my brain since I wrote it here. BR/BR/I’ve failed at that mission. I guess it’s a “I’ll know it when I see it” sort of thing, or if you mention a characteristic, I’ll be able to say yes or no to it. (as in: do you want someone who’ll suggest edits/changes? Yes.)

  18. karen!

    September 7, 2007 2:43 pm

    I 3 Chelle.BR/(Sorry I haven’t been around much lately)

  19. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 7, 2007 3:26 pm

    I’ve missed you!

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