And Lo, From The Heavens Emerged Grievous Angels

Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to

These angels who are grievous are Libby Koch, Debbie Forrest and Lainey Balagia.

All three are highly talented, highly talented musicians. As far as we can tell, they are the greatest country music all-female trio that Houston has ever produced, and they've only even recorded a handful of songs together.

They make music that will make you go, "Well that's pretty excellent now, iddn't it?". Alternatively, you might also say, "I'm glad I listened to that" or "People are going to reflexively compare them to the Dixie Chicks, and that's going to piss me off greatly because, beyond aesthetics, they're not very much like them at all."

As such, we interviewed them. There was talk of MMA in heaven, Jason Aldean's suspect Grammy nomination and more. Go forth and conquer.

Rocks Off: Tell everyone everything they need to know about Grievous Angels in exactly six words.

Grievous Angels: We Will. We Will. Rock You.

RO: What is it that the angels are grieving?

Grievous Angels: Jason Aldean's Grammy nomination. Just kidding.

RO: [laughs]

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GA: We took the title from the Gram Parsons album, intending to convey a greater idea of who we are: Three women, raised up and taught to sing in a choir loft and then thrust into the real world where even angels weep. But angels also laugh, and the Grievous Angels laugh through tears and heal through songs of love and heartache.

RO: Growing up, we always heard that the reason there was thunder was because the angels were bowling in heaven. Is that true? Also, what other sorts of fun activities do the angels get to partake in in heaven?

GA: It is absolutely true. In fact, one of us is a world-champion bowler, but we can't talk about it because of a controversy over steroid use. Angels are also super-into MMA. It really started with the Archangel Michael who, as you may know, was big on combat. After the whole ban on weapons in Heaven (Peter just could not put away his sword), Michael had a ring* set up, and it's been going exceptionally well. I expect Forrest Griffin to come looking for a challenge any day now.

* Note: Here's pretty much the exact moment where our brain made the mental note, "This is the greatest Artist of the Week interview we have ever conducted."

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Well, crap.  There's no point to me ever again attempting to interview a band, because nothing will ever, ever top this.

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