RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Aug. 21, 2008 at 5:42pm

RR's Tacoma Files: Meet Matt Driscoll

Like Daniel Blue's Volcano Tacoma Files only without Hipsters

Matt Driscoll, weekly volcano reporterPHOTO: Matt Driscoll JOURNALIST, (Like Daniel Blue's Volcano Tacoma Files only without Hipsters)

MEET MATT DRISCOLL He's a guy just like you or me, only he has done something with his life. Matt is a reporter for the weekly volcano. He writes things about noise. Young people would call it 'music' but since most of the bands he writes about are 'un-listenable' to older people like myself I cannot describe as such.   Little is known about Matt.  I had the opportunity to meet him once but things just didn't work out [We're winging the rest of this article].

Early Childhood 

The Driscolls lived a hardscrabble life out in the great plains.  The son of a sod house cobbler, Little Matt grew up with a fond, if not profound respect for a wide scope of sod assemblages.   But tragically in a sod saturated market and over speculation by stock market sod manipulators... the demand for sod hit bottom (so to speak).   The Driscolls jumped a box car and ending up in the terminus of the great northern pacific rail way: the city of destiny.

A Day in the Life at the Tacoma Reporter

Using what little capital the family managed to save up in crossing, Matt Driscoll Senior purchased the then defunct agricultural news paper: "The Tacoma Mercantile Farm Reporter"  The family added new features to the newspaper including weekly "news tribune attack ads", composting tips and shortened the name to THE TACOMA REPORTER 

Inferno of Tears

Tragically in '79 a heap of potatoes awaiting review in the feature BEST POTATO OF TACOMA caught fire in a freak spudtanious combustion packing crate industrial accident which quickly spread threw the main newsroom and offices of the Tacoma Reporter.  The hearty YUKON GOLD's burned for days and could only be snuffed out after 'heroic acts' on part of the Tacoma Fire Department.

The impending potato farmer class action lawsuit left the family enterprise in flaming ruin. 

French Foreign Legion

the young Matt Driscoll Jr. having lost everything is believed to have spent the next 10 years or so overseas in the French Foreign Legion.  Nobody knows for sure.  Sooner or later he did return to Tacoma and get hired on through chairty of the Swarner & Sons paper: "The Fort Lewis Submariner"...  but that is another story.

Current Whereabouts: Unknown  

Some say Matt Driscoll settled down, started a family.  drives a luxurious automobile.  Lives like Kolchak: The Night Stalker and everything.   Some say you can hear his existential screams on the wind on a cloudless night down on the tide flats.    But who knows if there really even is a "Matt Driscoll" ?  HUMBUG!  All legends I say.  Urban myth.    There isn't a Matt Driscoll anymore than there is a Natasha Gorbachev or Easter Bunney. 

Heck, all I know is: the great prince issues commands, founds states, vests families with fiefs. Inferior people should not be employed.
God Bless America

comments [14]  |  posted under community, files, history, people, tacoma


by Erik on 8/21/2008 @ 6:31pm
This might help.

From the Weekly Volcano archives, Driscoll and DeRosa:


by tacomachickadee on 8/21/2008 @ 7:29pm
Does this make Matt a Gritster?

by Erik on 8/21/2008 @ 7:43pm
Both tacoma files are good adding hyper local tacoma content.

by KevinFreitas on 8/22/2008 @ 11:35am
Anyone else notice that the DB article that showed just before this one was moved from posting the 21st to all of a sudden magically appear on FeedTacoma this morning on the 22nd?

To all bloggers: please honor the original time you post a blog entry to keep exposure on the FeedTacoma homepage fair.

by NineInchNachos on 8/22/2008 @ 11:47am
this article was about to 'mysteriously chase/tackle' the DB article but now I can take the moral high road in classic politician maneuvering.

Shame on you volcano! shame shame shame. the HFW media campaign would NEVER artificially adjust our time stamps! We love America.

by Matt Driscoll on 8/22/2008 @ 1:00pm
I do believe this is the happiest day of my life. I feel like I've finally made it. While it was painful to look back on the sod market crash and the potato fire that brought down the Reporter, I feel RR did it in an extremely tasteful manner. Kudos to you, my friend.

As to the DB time stamp debacle - I noticed that, too. I'm on vacation, so it's tough to say exactly what happened, but my guess is someone at WV World Headquarters just accidentally set 2 DB Tacoma Files to post yesterday when the Alexander one was intended for today. We do one of those bloody TF things every day, as I'm sure has become apparent - and at this point we've probably got so many of them floating around our hard drives that it's easy to get confused. All the tight pants have started to run together - at least in my head. Anyway, if this has offended the blogosphere I'm sure we apologize. Well, pretty sure anyway...

by jenyum on 8/22/2008 @ 8:43pm
My software has a bug that automatically makes the time AM (and switches it back when I edit posts) unless I remember to change it. So occasionally you will see things in the feed at 8 am and then they will switch to 8 pm a few minutes later, or older posts will all look like they were written at 2 and 3 am because I went back and added links. That is all that is going on. Otherwise I don't normally change the time unless I have an update and I don't want to write a new post.

by Steph DeRosa on 10/13/2008 @ 6:56pm
That photo of Driscoll ala Esquire pose is pure gold.

by Steph DeRosa on 10/13/2008 @ 6:57pm
He has on a skinny tie.

I'm having a hard time keeping it together here.

by NineInchNachos on 12/6/2009 @ 6:43pm
Matt Driscoll was on KUPS tonight playing some of his favorite local bands. Daniel Blue's Motopony etc.

Some interesting things he noted were a major Weekly Volcano website upgrade is coming soon... alt news would be coming back AND perhaps cartoons/comics.

perhaps this is a TRUE signal that indeed,
the recession is over.

Thank you KUPS and thank you Matt Driscoll.

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/6/2009 @ 10:40pm
Just you wait until the debut of my heavy metal band: Regolith.

Buy tickets now for the almost sold-out show in the T-Dome on August 21st, 2017 during the total solar eclipse.

by Matt Driscoll on 12/7/2009 @ 12:31pm
That's the weekend after the monster truck show, right Thorax?

Thanks, Mr. Nachos. It's all true. Every bit of it. Recession over. Folks can go back to consuming at will...

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/7/2009 @ 1:22pm
Actually, it's the week before the show. I figured having the lingering wisps of jet fuel exhaust (yes, monster trucks burn kerosene [jet fuel] instead of diesel) would be a nice ambiance for like a Jeff Foxworthy show, not for Hardcore Tacoma METAL.

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/7/2009 @ 1:48pm
Check out this excerpt from Rolling Stone from July 2023:

"Hardcore Tacoma Metal, called HTM by its fans, has a dirty, rough edge to the traditional dark power chords popularized in Heavy Metal. Thorax O'Tool, singer/lead guitar of the ever-popular band Regolith has often said that their music was gritter that 20 grit sand paper. 'It takes the skin off your ears' he said in a recent interview. 'This ain't your mom' metal, this is F***ing MAN's metal!' And that is certainly true, as his band's loyal fan base has only a handful of women in it, all of which are O'Tool's groupies.

It isn't a wonder why this uber-masculine music has taken off and become more popular than it's Metal Forefathers could have hoped for. It arises from the wake of 60 years of society trying to conform men into something acceptably emasculated. There isn't anyone who was alive in the first decade of this century who doesn't remember the the height of this lost era: the Rise of the Metrosexuals. Straight men who were so effeminate that it became impossible to see how socities built on traditional gender roles could cope. As we all learned in the Depression of 2010, society did fine. It was the Metrosexuals that couldn't cope.

When the national economy really began to crumble in 2011 (much to the 'surprise' of the government), people had to toughen up and fend for themselves. Something that the prissy Metros couldn't handle. Out of necessity and out of decades of pent-up masculinity, men across the globe, most notably here in the US, began to shake off the years of programming and started to accept their role as men again. Participation in blue collar jobs skyrocketed as they relearned the joy of working steel with their hands. The collapse of China in 2016 proved to be good for the US, as we now had to make everything here again. Employment finally dipped below 18% by 2018, and socitey really began to undo it's hurts brought on by the greed of the previous generation. High School dropouts nearly ceased once schools began teaching shop and home ec again. Childbirth out of wedlock plummeted, and the divorce rate was halved as men took responsibility for themselves and their actions once again. It became a thing of pride to pull double shifts at the foundry to give your family a life even halfway resembling the opulence of the Second Gilded Age.

Tastes across the board changed. Veganism all but disappeared everywhere but California. The DIY ethic of the hacker and maker communities became the rallying cry. Whiny 'pop' musicians, including the likes of Justin Timberlake became destitute overnight as the newly-empowered masses demanded so-called 'Manly Music'. Music that was hard, rough, powerful and had relevance to the new world we are living in. Thus the stage was set for the birth of Hardcore Tacoma Metal.'

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