Brian Teasley, drummer for the traveling cult-like rock circus that is the Polyphonic Spree, had a bit of an odd day last week. Teasley, having finished taping an episode of Austin City Limits, was taking a flight home to Birmingham, AL, out of Dallas Fort Worth-International Airport. The drummer planned to do some recording while at home, so he decided to bring his custom-made microphone with him. The microphone was packed in a suitcase that Teasley checked at the ticket counter and went about his business. According to the Associated Press, when his bag didn’t show up at baggage claim in Birmingham, Teasley filled out some missing luggage paperwork and headed home. Little did he know that back in Texas, the wires and threading caps running through the mic raised a red flag and forced the closing of several gates while a bomb disposal robot removed the suitcase.
When the drummer actually made it home, he was met by an unexpected greeting party of federal agents. He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “I had Taco Bell in my hand, and all of a sudden, these cars block me in my driveway. They’ve all got tinted windows, ‘X-Files’ style‘. Then here comes one guy with a bulletproof vest on, another with a gun showing. It was a very harrowing day.”