Title: Play Crack the Sky
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Warnings: Drug and alcohol abuse, character overdose (off screen),
Genre: Romance, AU
Word Count: 122,797
Excerpt from “Hale Pulls the Plug on the Future of Rock,” Rolling Stone, Issue 1203 – Oct. 2014
“Fans and music industry vets alike are left reeling in the wake of bassist Derek Hale’s sudden departure from Smokes for Harris. At a time when the foursome from Beacon Hills, California seems to be on the cusp of rock superstardom after just one double platinum record, Smokes has everything to lose.”
Excerpt from “Smokes for Harris: Gladiator,” SPIN.com – Feb. 2015
“Smokes for Harris gives in a little to the pop punk of yesteryear in their sophomore effort, but rather than pandering to fans of a lost era they elevate the genre in a way that hasn’t been seen in quite some time. Frontman Stiles Stilinski works double duty as singer and primary songwriter and proves that he can handle the task even without former bassist Derek Hale.”
Why You Should Read This:
Think U2… Stiles (lead singer and guitarist), Derek (bass), Scott (guitar, vocals) and Lydia (drums!) start a band in a garage and find themselves touring the world’s stages.
Until recording execs start to give Stiles and Derek a hard time about their relationship, citing ‘morals clauses’ and ‘not a good image’ at them. So Derek quits in self defense and walks away. Isaac is recruited to step in his place and the band plays on…
But all is not well and Stiles ODs at one point. After rehab, the band goes forward on momentum as much as anything else. When Isaac decides to ‘take a break’ just before a huge European tour, the band is down a bassist… and you can fill in the blanks from there.
Derbobbs is musically aware and either is in a band or has a technical consultant because her road trip details sound real… sleeping on overnight bus trips, jamming in the back of the bus, press meetings in every city and dubious road food… as well as huge venues and technical details in setting up a concert.
There’s lots of sex and drugs (and alcohol) to go with that rock and roll… but there’s friendship and the angst that comes with the fear of losing the friends you’ve come to rely on. Growing up on the road isn’t easy but worth pursuing.
It’s long and twisty and loving and beautifully written…