Plain White T’s bring punk to Portales

By Tony Parra

They may be Plain White T’s, but their punk rock music is anything but plain.

The Plain White T’s will be in concert on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University on Tuesday. Malia Rummell, director of entertainment for the Association of Students Activities Board, has described the group as a fun-loving music band with no derogatory content in their music.

“Their music is from the soul,” Rummell said. “Their lyrics are about touring, their fans, breaking up and being in love. Their music is about every emotion.”

Rummell said the doors will open at 7 p.m. and the Whatsoever band from Albuquerque will lead off the concert in the Campus Union Ballroom on the ENMU campus, followed by Plain White T’s. The concert is open to everyone.

“I’m so excited,” Rummell said. “I think it’s going to be so much fun. I want everybody in the crowd to have fun. I want them (Plain White T’s) to know that Eastern is an amazing place to play and maybe they can come back in the future.”

Rummell said she has seen them play live in concert, twice. She saw them play in Las Cruces during the Warped Tour in the summer of 2005.

“Since I became entertainment director, my goal has been to bring in the Plain White T’s,” Rummell said.

The Plain White T’s indie/punk rock band was formed in 1997 and the members started out by performing in Chicago clubs, according to the Artist Direct Web site.

The Whatsoever band was formed in April of 2003, according to drummer Matt Livingston. They also punk rock music that is upbeat, according to Livingston.

“We’re real excited about the show,” Livingston, an ENMU junior, said. “We’ve performed at Eastern two or three times and this will be our biggest show at Eastern.”

Livingston said he commutes from Portales to Albuquerque to perform with his band.

“It’s been trying to say the least,” Livingston said. “I make at least two or three trips a month to Albuquerque for shows.”
Livingston said Whatsoever will also play Wednesday in Albuquerque along with Plain White T’s.

“They play at amazing venues around the country,” Rummell said. “We told them this is a small community, not like Albuquerque or Las Cruces. They have been really good to work with.”

Tom Higgenson, the lead singer, grew up in the Chicago suburbs and performed in pop and rock bands in high school, according to the Artist Direct Web site. The Plain White T’s released their 2002 album “Stop” through the Fearless record label.

Rummell said their recent album, “All That We Needed,” released in January of 2005.