Pink Floyd band’s inspiration

Photo provided by TRAVIS SATTERFIELD -- Bricks in the Wall
Photo provided by TRAVIS SATTERFIELD -- Bricks in the Wall

In 1979, Travis Satterfield got a vinyl 45 copy of Pink Floyd’s single, “Another Brick in the Wall,” for Christmas. The song’s lyrics struck an instant chord with him.

“Being a 10-year-old at the time, ‘Hey, teacher! Leave those kids alone,’ I guess that was rebellion,” Satterfield said from Dallas.

With “Another Brick in the Wall” as his introduction to the British prog-rock band that achieved massive mainstream popularity, Satterfield moved on to The Wall album and all of the Floyd albums that preceded it.

“I was hooked,” he said. “I picked up the guitar so I could play Pink Floyd.” As he got older, Satterfield appreciated the band’s musical complexity and sociopolitical lyrics.

“The tie-in with George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Pink Floyd’s Animals album, what the dogs, the sheep and the pigs mean in society, I thought that was great,” he said.

Satterfield grew from fan to founder of the Pink Floyd tribute band, Bricks in the Wall.

Feeling confident in his guitar playing following years of practice, Satterfield took out a classified ad in the Dallas Observer for singers and musicians interested in forming a Pink Floyd tribute band.

“I started getting answers and, before too long, we had a band,” he said. “After six months of practice we were out playing gigs. It really grew to what I always envisioned it to be, a full-on Pink Floyd experience with lasers and video screens, lights and authentic equipment and the giant pig that we’ll bring out on occasion.”

Following its formation in 1998, demand for Bricks in the Wall grew. The group later reduced its schedule to about 12 shows a years, including its exclusive Dallas and Houston area performances at those cities’ House of Blues locations.

“It got to the point where we either had to go on the road fulltime, which we’ve been offered many, many times, or scale it back to these high quality shows,” Satterfield said. “Just about everybody in the band has a family now, so we elected to focus on large shows and not be a fulltime band.”

The nine-member Bricks in the Wall is spending most of this year marking the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s classic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon.

“I probably enjoy playing Dark Side of the Moon more than any of the other albums, outside of Animals,” Satterfield said.

The group’s Dark Side of the Moon show features original Pink Floyd video synced to the performance as well as synced lights and lasers. The concert also features Pink Floyd songs from The Wall, Animals, The Division Bell, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and Meddle.

Audiences won’t hear anything from two earlier, less accessible albums, Ummagumma and Atom Heart Mother.

“If we played Atom Heart Mother, I think we’d run most of the crowd away,” Satterfield said. “There’d be the one fan left, standing there with his hands up in the air, jamming it. Everybody else would be gone.”