At this point in the great American experiment, it’s clear that some kind of revolution is coming. What it looks like, which side of the political aisle it comes from, and how it plays out are still very much up in the air. But one thing’s for certain: The Burger Revolution will be at Downtown Jacksonville’s The Space Gallery on March 11. Falling smack-dab in the middle of the glorious month of March, it’s going to be sweaty, it’s going to cause bodies to move and-given the excellence of the bands on the bill-it might result in blown eardrums. Originating from the non-partisan effort to make rock ‘n’ roll great again, that’s a revolution everyone can get behind.

Co-organized by Folio Weekly contributor Matthew B. Shaw of raw surf rock band The Mother Gooses, Jacksonville Beach native Daniel Terry of Volcom and Lagunitas Brewing Co., this Burger Revolution show falls on the same day as a few hundred others spread around the globe. It’s all part of the Southern California record label’s egalitarian mission: “This is the annual Burger Records event where YOU are part of the action,” Burger’s website says. “You can throw a show with any bands you like and we’ll present it and hype it under the Burger Revolution banner.”

Aside from the aforementioned Gooses, St. Augustine psychedelics The Young Step, NYC-via-Duval Renaissance man DJ Tony Prat and thoughtful Jacksonville rockers Steven Marshek Group, this particular Burger Revolution show is remarkable because it presents brawny local desert rock dudes Darkhorse Saloon-a quartet described in these esteemed pages many moons ago as bringing the “same syrupy swagger as proto-stoner rockers like Kyuss and Masters of Reality”-as they prepare to enter a new era.

We spoke with howling frontman Mike Fitzgerald, a solid surfer, tile-laying master and shredding guitar player, to learn more.


Folio Weekly: So what’s up with Darkhorse Saloon these days, Mike?

Mike Fitzgerald: We’re only playing out once a month or so, but we do have a bunch of new material ready to record. It’s leaning a little sludgier and drawn-out, with more instrumental stuff, even though we’ll still have some catchier ones. Our bass player’s starting to write, getting stuff from directions, whereas I used to write everything. It’s changing a little bit. The shows haven’t opened for any bands or gone out of town, yet the shows seem to be getting better.

Will the recording be significantly different than it was for 2011’s album Greetings From Darkhorse Saloon?

We’re going to possibly try recording to tape-I have a friend who recently got one of those sick old consoles from a guy who rebuilds ’em in Tennessee. We’ll have to do some research, though-might to have to send the recorded tape off to get it mixed and mastered. I want to find someone in that field who’s done what we want. I’ve found that it’s impossible to communicate a sound like that to somebody.

How did this whole Burger Revolution thing come about?

Daniel Terry from Volcom messaged me. I didn’t even know what the Burger Revolution was, but I guess Daniel is friends with the Burger guys Sean [Bohrman] and Lee [Rickard] out in California, and he was, like, “We should all get on this Burger Revolution thing.” We all ended up having a beer together and shooting the shit; next thing you know, Matt Shaw organized the whole thing.

Let’s get your thoughts on each band, speed-round style-The Mother Gooses, go!

I like The Mother Gooses because they go back to the original style of real surf rock. It’s super-minimal and all about that surf guitar twang-just fun, dance-y stuff.

The Young Step?

They’re pretty awesome. It reminds me of the Talking Heads a lot-weird stuff, but I like all of it. It’s cool to see a band get outside of a particular genre and stretch it as much as they can. I haven’t seen them yet so I’m excited to for the first time.

Steven Marshek Group?

I also haven’t seen him yet, but he used to play in this band The Lifeforms that I was a big fan of and I’ve heard really good things about him now. I heard he goes apeshit on stage.

How good of a fit is that for The Space Gallery, where Burger Revolution is held?

It’s kind of like our own space, so it will hopefully be more of a party vibe. It’s all ages and BYOB, which should be fun.