Episode

Episode 25: Russ Benoit

Transcript:

Hello magical friends! Especially Lara, an interesting rock, Yaritza, Steven, and Maggie, WZRD Radio’s newest patrons who made this episode possible.

Today we’re hearing from Russ of Creevey Crisis! Whether you’ve known him from the beginning or heard him for the first time at this year’s O.W.L.Fest, I think you’re in for a treat.

Before that though, I know you want to hear some music.

First up is “Hufflepuff Puff Pass” by Amontiock.

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That was “Hufflepuff Puff Pass” by Amontiock [lyrics], “Survivor” by Danny Dementor, and Aguamenti with “Origin Story.”

“Hufflepuff Puff Pass” was requested by Moritz, one of WZRD’s incredible patrons.

Let’s get this party started! Welcome to the show, Russ.

Russ: Thanks for having me!

You’ve been a lot of things in wizard rock over the years: Creevey Crisis, the Wizrocklopedia, Starfish and Stick. Can you give us a little bit of an overview of your history in wrock?

Russ: Absolutely. Like a lot of people I discovered wizard rock through Harry and the Potters. For me it was reading about them in one of the Boston newspapers. This was probably 2005/early 2006 and as one did back in those years when you wanted to hear a band you went to MySpace. So I hit up their MySpace page and listened to a couple of their songs and I was like “Oh this is really cool!” It’s kinda like a DIY, indie punk sort of—sort of thing. Reminded me very much of bands I played in and played shows with in my younger days, back when I had hair and I really liked it. And after I listened to the songs I promptly completely forgot about them for a number of months. And then I remember one night I was killing some time online and I said “Hey, let me go check out that Harry Potter band again.” And I went back to the MySpace but this time I actually scrolled down and saw their top friends and went “Oh wow, there’s other Harry Potter bands out there.” And that sent me down a rabbit hole that I have not come out of since. For me it was really…the lead-up to Deathly Hallows, that like year prior where, you know, podcasts were going crazy playing wizard rock, MySpace was really taking off with the scene and I really got into it and I really enjoyed it. After Deathly Hallows came out I wrote a wrock song—literally the day after I finished reading it. And I thought “Oh cool, I just wrote a wizard rock song” and I figured, you know, that I would just take it to the band that I was playing drums with at the time and once the other guys got their hands on it, maybe change the lyrics here or there, maybe change some music and it would be a song that we would use. But within a couple of days I had like five or six more songs and I went “Oh, okay. I guess I’m doing this wizard rock thing now.” And that’s pretty much how Creevey Crisis was born. And, you know, at the time there really weren’t a lot of heavy wizard rock bands. I mean, there was Voldemort, who was like the O.G. wizard metal band, and there were a couple other bands that were out there, like Thestral, um…Sectumsempras were more goth and techno but they were fairly heavy. But thatw as kind of it that I had found. And I said “Well, if I’m gonna do wizard rock I wanna play heavy. I’m gonna, you know, de-tune the guitars and, you know, I’m gonna play the type of music that I like and it’s gonna be heavy. So that was kind of the—the vein that I went with for a little while. Released two albums. Released a couple of singles. I got to be on some compilations, which was a lot of fun. 2009 was the best year for me, I think, music-wise, because not only did my favorite Creevey Crisis album come out, which was the album 7, which was a total prog-metal fest, concept album about the horcruxes that my friends Chris and CJ helped me out with. They played drums and bass, respectively. Which, you know, made it a true band experience which was a lot of fun. But I also got to, uh, play drums for Tonks and the Aurors and Gred and Forge that year, both at LeakyCon in Boston, which was the first one, as well as Wrockstock, um, in Missouri, and Creevey Crisis headlined—I’m sorry, not headlined, we played the main stage. We did not headline, we weren’t even close to being one of the headliners but we got to play the main stage, which was a lot of fun. And that year was great. And you know, from there, kind of I had work hit and life hit and went back to grad school so starting from 2010, 2011 was a little less prolific, releasing some EPs here and there but I think 7 was the last full-length that we did. Really just wanted to have some fun playing music, doing what I enjoyed, and the best part for me was just meeting everybody. Getting to know so many people, making so many friendships. For me that was what was the best part about wizard rock. It wasn’t being on stage, it wasn’t releasing albums, it was just meeting so many awesome people that I still am friends with today that I’m so happy to know as people. Ah, the Wizrocklopedia I got involved in…probably right around 2009, actually. It was when Dinah and Freya were the co-Editors in Chief of the ‘Pedia. They had taken over for Liz who had started the ‘Pedia back in 2005. Freya had asked me to—to write a couple of articles about how wizard rock bands could get started with the recording process. You know, kind of like a couple of F.A.Q.s and how-tos. I really enjoyed it. And then there were, like, some little things on the back end that Dinah and Freya needed help with so I jumped in to help out with the running, the back-end stuff of the Wizrocklopedia. And then from there it just kind of—took on more duties and then eventually—I think Dinah was the first one to step away. She had, um, her own website that she was running at the time. Then eventually Freya needed to step away too just due to, you know things that happen in life, and she asked me to take over as Editor in Chief and that was probably around 2011. And so I basically helped run the ‘Pedia along with, ah, Laura, ah, Dianiska—I’m probably butchering her last name there. But the two of us pretty much ran the ‘Pedia for almost ten years, up until, ah, 2020 when I realized it was time for me to hand over the reins to someone else. And I had a lot of fun doing it, I loved, LOVED running the Twitter feed. That was probably the best part about running the ‘Pedia. The technical back-end issues not so much. But I realized that, uh, with the ‘Pedia’s long history and how vibrant the scene still is, it really needed more voices to run it, more diverse voices, new voices. And the group that has taken over now has done such a fantastic job, it made me wish I’d handed it over, like, years earlier because they’ve done amazing. So whether or not it’s been playing music as part of Creevey Crisis or one of my side projects like Starfish and Stick, like you mentioned earlier. That was me and Steph Anderson of Tonks and the Aurors. We had an album—very different from Creevey Crisis. It was slowcore, very quiet music that was actually a lot of fun to write and record. Especially doing it with Steph, who’s such an amazing musician. But, you know, I’ve been able to be part of the wizard rock community for such a long time and I’m really blessed to have been a part of it, to be honest.

And you mentioned at the beginning of that, actually, that your first song you were thinking maybe you would turn it into not wizard rock which leads in well because some of your songs are less overtly wizard rock—my patrons in particular want to know what “Cast Aside” is about.

Russ: Oh.

Is that a deliberate choice that you make, to make them more ambiguous, or is that just your style.

Russ: You know, part of it’s my style. I’m one of those people that, when I listen to a song I kind of like things being a little ambiguous. I like to have my own interpretation sometimes because depending on how people feel in the moment when they first hear a song it can mean different things to them and I like songs that are like that. I mean, a lot of wizard rock is very explicit. It’s “here’s Ron and Hermione and here’s what they’re doing” and you know what it is. You know what the meaning behind the song is and I have a lot of songs that are like that. But I also have songs that I kinda want to leave open to the listener because there may be situations where there are multiple characters in the books that can have that situation happening. “Dance With Me,” by Muggle Spell Theory, which is another one of my side projects, that song is about the Yule Ball and a lot of people have asked me if it’s about Ron and Hermione and it’s really not. It’s just about two people at Hogwarts, two students at Hogwarts who had this experience in their relationship together and it just happened to correspond around—around the Yule Ball. Cast—“Cast Aside,” for me, you know, that was definitely, you know Lavender. Lavender’s point of view, thinking about Ron and their relationship. I thought that, uh, Lavender was never really given her proper credit for everything that she did. For me that was one of those songs where the idea just came to me. I’m like “Okay, well, we only saw Lavender through Ron’s point of view and how he viewed her and how—how Harry viewed her, just based on the point of view of the books and the movies, and there’s a total different side to that, you know. How did she feel, knowing everything that she knew about Ron and Hermione and their friendship and relationship? How did she feel being pushed away by Ron, simply because she maybe wasn’t his quote-unquote first choice of somebody to be in a relationship with? How did that feel for her? And she still wanted to be, you know, one of those people at Hogwarts that stood up to defend the castle in the end and how did all that make her feel? So that’s kind of where that song kinda came from. And “Writing Letters” it seemed for me like it was very obvious but obviously people listen to it and don’t really know—and that’s okay! Because it can be about a lot of things. And some of the songs, too, that I’ve written, I’ll say they’re from, like, James point of view to Harry, really it’s just me singing to my kids. I get that inspiration, you know, so I’m kinda like “Oh yeah, this is the parents. This is Molly and Arthur singing to their kids.” No, it’s really me singing to my kids, you know? There was a couple of the songs too that was really me singing to my wife. And you can say “Oh, it’s maybe Harry to Ginny” or “Ron to Hermione” or whoever, really it’s just me singing to my wife. But in the context you can absolutely say “Oh yeah, this is part of the Harry Potter universe.” The song “Winter,” for instance, one of my favorite songs, that actually was a poem that I wrote for my wife when we were dating in college and I always said one day I’d like to turn it into a song and one day the inspiration hit me: okay, instead of me writing this poem to my wife about how much I miss her and it’s wintertime, now it’s Harry talking to Ginny about how much sh—how he misses her and it’s wintertime and he’s camping with Hermione. And it very easily, you just kind of went from a poem to a song in just a couple of minutes. I get my inspiration from a lot of different places. In the end, yes, the songs are all wizard rock, but some of them absolutely I love to leave them up to interpretation and however the listener takes it, then that’s how the song is. It—it’s up to them.

It certainly creates a lot of discussion points for listeners.

Russ: And I think that’s a great thing.

I realized I forgot one, though, when we were talking about your many projects, and that was Muggle Spell Theory.

Russ: Yes

Why have there been so many different music projects? Why isn’t it all Creevey Crisis?

Russ: Every—every now and again—that’s a great question. Every now and again I just kinda got the idea to try something a little different. Or I’d just start writing something and say “Well, this, this is…” Well, you know it’s wizard rock and I’ve got the idea for the lyrics and the impetus behind the song, but it doesn’t really fit with Creevey Crisis. To me Creevey Crisis has been straight-forward rock ‘n’ roll, you know, heavy rock, with some slower acoustic stuff mixed in, but sometimes I’d written something that was really different. You know, Starfish and Stick was the first of that and I remember talking about it with Steph and I just wrote the first song, sent it over to her and she was like “Oh, I wonder if I should put any vocals on this? I think this would sound good with, like, some harmony vocals on her.” I said “Sure! Go for it.” And she sent back her tracks and I dumped them into the mix and I just went “Oh my goodness. I have to write a whole album of this now.” Because this just sounds incredible! And we collaborated together over the course of like four years between like five different states that we’re all living in at the time in different places and just sending stuff back and forth over the internet. And that turned out to be something a lot of fun. And I like that it was different from Creevey Crisis. It was separate. This was its own project. And as a musician when you’re writing you kind of get into a different creative space and when you know “Okay, well I don’t have to sound like this. I can not be distorted, I can be slower, I can be quiet, I can sing in a different, you know, register.” It kind of lends itself to writing different songs. Same thing with the Muggle Spell Theory. I got the idea to maybe try writing a song that was like an old 80s techno song, like Information Society. I don’t know if anybody remembers that band. I loved them, for a while, and I said “Let me try writing some stuff like that.” I wrote a couple songs like, and I really enjoyed it. And it was—again, it was very different for me which is normally, you know, guitars, drums, bass, vocals, that’s it. This was all electronics, all programmed drums and synthesizers and keyboards. So being in a different mind space allowed me to kinda create different songs going in a kind of a different direction from what I wanted to do with Creevey Crisis, but I could still do wizard rock. And that’s one of the things that I’ve always loved about wizard rock from the very beginning. It doesn’t matter what style of music it is. It doesn’t matter if you sound like you should be a band that’s on the radio or if you’re just sitting in front of your Mac Book microphone, built in microphone with an acoustic guitar or ukulele and your voice. You’re creating something that’s unique and personal to you, and it’s inevitably about the Harry Potter universe and that’s what makes it wizard rock. So you can do whatever style of music you want. And I’ve always loved that. And being able to do different projects that I write the music for, or help take part in, but is still very different and forces me out of my comfort zone, I love that about wizard rock and I think it’s such an amazing part of the community.

Just for me, because I love knowing this, how did you pick the name of each project? Where did Creevey Crisis come from?

Russ: Oh, okay.

What does Starfish and Stick mean?

Russ: Okay, okay. So, Creevey Crisis, I was driving my car to Cape Cod. I had a meeting, and I was driving and I was trying to think of what I could name the band, and I was listening to the band Earth Crisis, who are a very very heavy hardcore band and I knew Creevey Crisis was not going to sound like that, but “Oh, something Crisis, that sounds cool. Creevey Crisis! There we go!” You know, it was the alliteration. Boom! There we go. That’s it. Creevey Crisis, done. I was happy with that. Starfish and Stick, I don’t remember how we named the band. The thing Stephanie were maybe like bouncing ideas back and forth. We’re just trying to pick phrases from the books and just for some reason, Starfish and Stick stuck just for the alliteration. So I took it and it worked. Muggle Spell Theory, I borrowed that from The Magic Bullet Theory, which is an emo band. So instead of Magic Bullet Theory, you had magic—muggle, bullet—spell, and then we kept theory just kind of a play on words, there.
All right, magical friends, I want to hear from you all what Starfish and Stick means. It’s probably from the book somewhere, but, uh, no one here knows. Oh, that was the one I was the most curious about. My patrons want to know: there’re like a thousand wizard rock bands over the years. What currently inactive wrock band would you bring back?

Russ: You know, uh, my initial response is Hollow Godric because they’re my, probably my favorite wizard rock band of all time, but they left us with two full albums and some singles that are on compilation. So we’ve got a decent amount of music there. So I would have to say if I really had to pick one, it would probably be the Brothers Black because they gave us three songs that were all incredible. Sound—amazing, songwriters, incredible. Musicianship was fantastic and left everybody wanting more for years. And to this day, I just want them to just come back like “Hey, we found five songs that we recorded, but never released. Here you go!” That would be like my dream come true. So I’d have to go to the brothers black on that one.

I like that answer. That reminds me of, um, oh what was their name? The Wolfstar band. Do you remember? They did two songs—

Russ: Yes. Yep.

–for, like, school and no one heard from them again?

Russ: Yep.

The same sort of mystery.

Russ: Mhm.

I love that you mentioned Hollow Godric though, because I think I said this to Avery, but I know nothing about Hollow Godric. They’re like a legend that’s been passed down through the generations of wizard rock bands to me.

Russ: Yes. Yes. Just Brandon is one of the most genuinely nice people that you’ll ever meet. I actually discovered Hollow Godric through the original WZRD podcast. They played, um, “An Autumn Note,” which is absolutely one of my favorite songs of all time period. Wizard rock, muggle, doesn’t matter. And I just, I was in love. So I’m like, I gotta, I gotta buy this. And back then, you know, BandCamp wasn’t around and iTunes was still a mystery, how to get your music on there. So I reached out to him on MySpace to get a CD. He shipped it to me. He was stationed in Japan at the time. So it took like a month to get to me. The case was all beat up when I got it, but it didn’t matter. It was just w—I just loved it. And we would just correspond back and forth and I remember asking him, “Well, is there a tab for Autumn Note, I’d love to learn how to play it.” It turned out to be in this really weird tuning and he took the time to like type up, you know, half of the song for me. And he was like, “Here you go have fun with it. If you ever record it, let me hear it, I’d love to hear it.” And I ended up, did recording a rock version of it later on. Having Brandon be that genuine with me as somebody who was just like “Wow, this guy’s in Japan and he’s a wizard rocker. And he sent me tab to his songs…” And it was just such a wonderful experience working with him. And in fact, I was able to get him to do vocals on one of the songs on the Letters in Fall—he did some backing vocals. I mean, that was like a dream come true for me, like somebody who was one of my first introductions to the wizard rock world, coming back and helping me out with something. I was just like in awe. I was like, “Wow, this is awesome.” But yeah, Hollow Godric, I mean, the albums are free on BandCamp. There’s no excuse not to own them if you don’t. I mean, you have to, it’s just amazing.

Maybe one day I’ll get him on here and meet the man, the myth, the legend.

Russ: Absolutely. That’d be a great episode. I’m sure he’d have a lot of great stories.

I will keep an eye out for that then. It’s time for a music break, starting with “Expelliarmus Kid” by Peeved.

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That was “Expelliarmus Kid” by Peeved [lyrics], “Happy Ending” by Creevey Crisis, and “Bad Case of the Voldies” by The Whomping Willows.

“Happy Ending” is a special request from WZRD’s patron Geoff. He sends a special shout-out to TK for their support and encouragement in creating his very first wizard rock song!

And we’re back with Russ.

From Mozart to Cannibal Corpse, my patrons want to know what non wizard rocker would you love to hear make a wrock song?

Russ: Uh, you know, I think the ultimate in wizard rock from a non wizard rock band would probably come from Coheed and Cambria, who are one of my favorite bands, and I mean, let’s face it, pretty much every album of theirs—but one—is all part of a sci fi epic universe that they have created together. So every album is part of a concept where people have magic powers and super powers and there’s space wars and everything. So I think of any band that’s out there right now that could do wizard rock it would definitely be them.

What do you think they would do, like a, a final battle story or chamber of secrets?

Russ: Knowing them, they would do every single chapter from every single book because they tend to write songs that are like ten, twelve minutes long and are completely epic and I could see them just going full bore into something and having a lot of fun with it. Yeah, I can definitely see them doing something that’s, like, really long form and really intricate and having all sorts of amazing musical parts to it.

Now, I don’t actually know anything about Coheed and Cambria except that they exist. But I do know that in wizard rock you’re The Metal Guy. So was that a metal band choice or…

Russ: They’re the kind of metal. They’re—they’re actually more, probably more emo than anything else, to be honest. You know, their stuff kind of runs the gamut from really heavy to very beautiful and melodic. So it’s, they’ve got something for everyone in my opinion, anyways.

How are you enjoying the new resurgence of metal wizard rock?

Russ: Oh man. I listened to some of the stuff that comes out now on the one hand, I’m like “I really need to write more stuff because this is amazing and people are really getting into it.” And the other hand I listened to it, I’m like “I can’t touch this. This stuff is incredible.” I’m just in awe of some of the stuff that I’ve heard over the past couple of years. The band Slytherin. Oh my goodness. They’re just, I, I I’m at a loss for words to describe them. I mean, their music is just incredible. I mean, just the musicianship. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea. I mean, they’re, they’re a black metal band and that is not for everyone, I totally get that. But for me, I just, I heard their songs and I just went nuts. I loved it. Um, who’s somebody else that’s been a recent that’s…

Like Rotfang Conspiracy?

Russ: Oh yeah. Rotfang Conspiracy, another great band. They remind me of the, there’s a band called Turnstile that are a hardcore band. And when I heard their music, it really reminded me a lot of Turnstile and I was really into that. I was like “Yeah, this is cool. I like this.” And you know metal, again—metal is not everyone’s cup of tea. I mean, it’s the volume, the distortion, a lot of, you know, like Slytherin the vocals are very buried in the mix –which is part of the style. So it’s not for everybody. And that’s okay. I remember somebody who was trying to be very helpful to me in the early days of Creevey Crisis. They told me “Well, if you just sing nicer, more people will listen to you. You’ll get more MySpace plays if you sing nicer.” And I thought “This is my voice. This is how I sound, I’m sorry.” And they were just trying to be helpful and I really appreciated that. But you know, again, we’ll go back to what we talked about earlier though. Wizard rock. I mean, it can be any genre of music that you want and the fact that you’ve got black metal and hardcore and hard rock, and then you go, you’ve got hip hop, you’ve got acoustic, you’ve got also, you know, indie pop. I love it. It’s just so incredible.

Jazz is also making a bigger comeback, I think.

Russ: Yes. Sonorous has some, uh, some good stuff, uh, along those lines, you know. You’ve got, um, oh boy, the ska band and I’m spacing out on them, Flitwick and the Charmers. You know, you got them. Way back you had the Hufflepunks who were a ska band also. So, you know, um, the Gringotts Girls who were part of the O.W.L.Fest, you know, singing, you know, vocal chamber music. It’s it’s again, it’s incredible how much diversity you have. Love it.

For a moment, I thought you were going to say the Gringotts Girls were jazz. And I was like, I’m not really solid on genres, but I’m almost sure that’s not right.

Russ: Yeah. Definitely not jazz, but again, another genre that you would not expect to hear, but once you do, you’re like “Wow, I gotta check out more of this.”

So I’m getting the impression that your advice to new wrockers would not be “sing nicer.”

Russ: Sing as best as you can.

But you are both a wizard rocker, and you have been a wizard rock reporter. So what is something that you think new rockers should know all of these new bands that are coming out?

Russ: The single piece of advice that I would give to anybody starting out a wizard rock band is to have fun. And that’s, that’s the long and short of it. You’re doing something that you want to do to have fun and create something that’s unique and personal and special to you, just have fun with it. Even more importantly than that is to, to not be afraid to ask questions and ask for help. I freely admit I got a lot of help in my early days from people like Jarrod Perkins and Steph Anderson, uh, Brian Ross, and Matt Maggiacomo, just by simply asking them questions. “Hey, how did you do this?” “Can you listen to this song? What do you think about it?” “Can you give me some feedback on this?” Just ask for opinions, ask if there’s some way that you can do something. If you don’t know how to do something, guaranteed there’s somebody who does know, and they’ll be happy to help because we want more wizard rock, plain and simple. And the more people that are out there, having fun, making it, the more we get to listen to. And it’s a win-win.

So are you saying they can ask you directly, just tweet at you or email you?

Russ: Oh, heck yeah, absolutely. If, geez, if there’s something I can do for somebody to help them out, absolutely not a problem.

Fabulous. All right new wizard rockers, you heard him.

Russ: @CreeveyCrisis on Twitter.

We’re not there yet! We are close though, with ‘what are you working on currently?’

Russ: You know, actually right now I’m not working on much of anything to be very honest. You know, I have a, a spare room here at the house that has all my guitars and my drums in there. And my daughter, unfortunately, due to the current situation has been home, hasn’t been on campus in over a year. So she kind of took over that room as her classroom slash art studio. That’s kind of my space where I really go to kind of getting into the writing, recording zone. So without access to it I really haven’t done much. I have demoed a couple of things. I got a couple of snippets of songs sitting on my laptop, deciding what I want to do with them and how I want to put them together. I do have snippets of a bit of an ambitious project that I’ve shared with a couple of other people that I would definitely need some help with…Different voices and whatnot for something I don’t want to spill too many beans now, in case it never gets done and then I’ll feel bad. But, um, I do have plans for something, but it’s, wouldn’t be until later this year, if not 2022, but, uh, I do have some stuff that’s kind of sitting there waiting to come to life.

Oh, that’s so tantalizing.

Russ: Mm!

Let me guess it’s a Creevey Crisis—Slytherin crossover.

Russ: Darn it. I knew I was too much of an open book.

It’s time for our final music break, starting with The Pumpkin Pasties and “Even Privet Drive.”

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That was “Even Privet Drive” by the Pumpkin Pasties [lyrics], “Lakeside Friends” by Hollow Godric [lyrics], and “Hold On” by The Buttermellows.

“Even Privet Drive” was specially requested by Jennifer, a dear WZRD patron, in the hopes that the Pumpkin Pasties will hear it and please make more music!

Thank you so much for joining me today, Russ. Where can WZRD’s listeners—and new wizard rockers—find you online?

Russ: Well, I’m on Twitter, in case anybody hadn’t heard. It’s @CreeveyCrisis. Pretty much—actually, all of the stuff that I’ve ever recorded is on BandCamp. CreeveyCrisis.BandCamp.com Everything there is ‘name your price’ so feel free to download it for free, I’m perfectly fine with that. If you want to spend a couple dollars on it, college tuition is expensive so I’m happy to take that from you so believe me, it’s okay. Uh, Starfish and Stick, same thing, StarfishAndStick.BandCamp.com That album is eight dollars and all the proceeds from that go to This Star Won’t Go Out. We’ve been able to send them a couple hundred dollars, you know, over the years since it was released and any time I can send them a couple dollars more I’m very happy to do so. Muggle Spell Theory, same thing, TheMuggleSpellTheory.BandCamp.com, again ‘name your price’ so feel free to grab all of that. And you can also send me, ah, smoke signals and carrier pigeon as well.

For people who aren’t familiar with This Star Won’t Go Out, can you tell them just a quick overview of what it is?

Russ: Absolutely. This Star Won’t Go Out is a non-profit here in Massachusetts. It was started by Lori Earl who was Esther Earl’s mom. Your listeners probably recognize the name, Esther passed away a number of years ago from cancer. She was kind of the inspiration behind The Fault in Our Stars. So Lori had set up this non-profit here in Massachusetts. It’s designed to help families whose kids are undergoing treatment at hospitals. Oftentimes when that’s happening that’s all the parents are focused on. Um, This Star Won’t Go Out helps them out by providing funding for things like food, laundry services, while they’re in the hospital, just to kind of give them a little bit of piece of mind that some of the essentials like eating and clothes are taken care of and they can just focus on their children. As a parent, it’s really important to me to know that other parents who are in that type of situation know that there are people out there having their back.

So if you want to hear a Tonks and the Aurors—Creevey Crisis mash up and support a really wonderful cause, Starfish and Stick is the way to go.

Russ: Absolutely.

Thank you so much, Russ.

Russ: Thank you for having me, this has been an absolute pleasure.

Congratulations to Moritz and Jami, the first two people to guess Episode 24’s theme of “Fred and George.” I’d also like to say a huge thank you Muggle Snuggle, whose download codes I’ve been giving out to the first people to guess each theme. It’s been so much fun that, when I ran out of their codes, I picked up a new batch from a different band. Starting with the next episode, the first person to guess the theme will be getting a download of Totally Knuts’ “Out of the Binary!”

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And now, for your exclusive listening pleasure, it’s Creevey Crisis!

Russ: This song is about Hagrid’s love life, because there’s just not enough of those in wizard rock. This is called “Letters in Fall.”

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Intro and outro music are from Higher Up, by Shane Ivers.
Art is by graphic_co on fiverr.

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