With These Words
With These Words - Curtain Club plaque
. . . a great mix of hard and furious rock with laid back melodies. It's quite an experience.
-- Harder Beat, 2004

My first experience with WTW was in January 2007. I had made the half hour trip down to Deep Ellum to attend a "chick-themed" show at the Curtain Club that I'd picked up a flyer for a week or so earlier. I was immediately impressed by the band's raw power and energy, and by the catchiness yet undeniable intensity of the songwriting. Every song rolled by like a freight train propelled by a keg of dynamite, taking you along on an unstoppable ride and obliterating everything in its path. It was clear that this band was a force to be reckoned with. When these musicians came out to play, people took notice.

Michael Villarreal Jessi Golden
Michael Villarreal Jessi Golden Jake Stevens

Formed in 2004, With These Words was a fixture in the Dallas area music scene for seven years, perservering long after dozens of lesser bands traveled down the well worn road to obscurity. Their long career saw highlights which included two television appearances, being second round finalists on the Famecast Audition in 2007, being a featured band on the Warped Tour in 2009, opening for national acts at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth and the Verizon Theater in Dallas, and three CD releases. They shared the stage with Fair to Midland in 2004, played the same stage as Anti-Flag and Bad Religion in 2009, and were one of the opening acts for OT3P in August 2010 and for the Smashing Pumpkins in December of that same year (having won the slot courtesy of the How the EDGE Stole Christmas promotion). The list of stages they played reads like a who's who of important venues in the DFW area - the Curtain Club, the Liquid Lounge, Tomcats, the Galaxy Club, the Ridglea Theater, Reno's Chop Shop, O'Riley's, the Lakewood Bar & Grill, the Skillman Street Pub, Andy's Bar, the Elm Street Bar, the Double-Wide, the Rock Star (Rock Dog) Sports Bar, the Black Swan Saloon, Six Flags Over Texas, the Superpages.com Center, Fat Daddy's Sound Shack, Ur Mom's, Tomcats West, and 2826 Arnetic among others, as well as a number of out of town venues including Fitzgeralds in Houston, Bonds 007 in San Antonio, and the Anex in Nacogdoches, Texas. They also played an acoustic set at my own Lost Art Open Mic in April of 2011.

Justin Golden Eddie Thomaz
Justin Golden Eddie Thomaz

This is the band I saw more times than any of the others, first as a casual listener, then as a fan, and finally as a friend. They were one of the few sets of musicians with any kind of integrity or willingness to support other acts and people who supported them. Seven years of perserverance in the local music scene were crowned on September 30, 2011, when the band was finally immortalized with the presentation of their plaque on the wall of the Curtain Club, reaffirming both their longevity and their status as long standing members of the local music scene. It was, alas, about this time that the band called it quits and the members made plans to go their separate ways. With These Words gave their final performance on November 5, 2011, at Reno's Chop Shop in Deep Ellum. It was the 55th show for me and the end of an era.

Jake Stevens
Michael Villarreal Justin Golden Jessi Golden Eddie Thomaz Jake Stevens
Notable performances:
FameCast Audition - 7/22/2007, Double-Wide, Dallas
Warped Tour - 7/5/2009, Superpages.com Center, Dallas
OTEP show - 8/10/2010, Ridglea Theater, Fort Worth
Smashing Pumpkins / How the EDGE stole X-Mas, 12/4/10, Verizon Theater, Dallas

Television appearances:
All Jack'd Up - December 19, 2010
All Jack'd Up - December 26, 2010

Furthest Thing From Perfect (2005)
The Science of Loss (2008)
Untitled (2011)