Westword Music Showcase 2004

Fifty bands. Ten stages. Five bucks. Be there.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we only make hip-hop music.

Any random facts we should know?
Undefiable's posse will grow by one this fall. Analog Suspect recorded a track with Heavyweight Dub Champions recently. And Selecta Roswell still refuses to get a cell phone.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Avalanche, because you have a way better chance of seeing some forty-year-old Cherry Creek housewife doing the Cabbage Patch to Usher's "Yeah" at the Pepsi Center than at Mile High Stadium (seized by Invesco).

Parting shot/final comments?
Put down the notion that Colorado isn't being heard. With bands like the Procussions, 16 Horsepower, Big Head Todd and Dressy Bessy leading the way, it's only a matter of time before the "big little city" is recognized for the musical hub that it is. And with that attention, other bands will be able to add to what these groups have cemented. Big up to Westword for supporting local music and helping it grow internally and beyond the four corners of our state.

DRESSY BESSY
NOMINATED IN POP

DRUG UNDER
NOMINATED IN HARD ROCK/METAL/AGGRO
6 P.M., THE CHURCH DOWNSTAIRS

And you are...?
Romero, vocalist for Drug Under.

Website?
www.drugunder.com

How long has your act been together?
Not quite two years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Signed an endorsement deal with Jägermeister and Sik World Clothing Company.

Recent recordings of note?
Finishing up our first full-length CD. We are recording at Rudy's Studio as we speak.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Full-time father and husband, and work part-time at my parents' health-food store, Nature's Harvest. My mom is my boss, still!

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Eric [Greenwall, Drug Under guitarist] and I played in front of 10,000 in our old band a few times -- very lucky and very blessed to have had those moments.

Favorite places to play?
Hollywood, the Whisky and the Roxy. Locally, too many to list. They all have a cool vibe: House of Rock, Hard Rock Cafe, Whiskey Bill's, Ecks, Cricket -- I like 'em all. I'll play anywhere.

Why music?
I love music. It's who I am. I was born to do this.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Tommy Lee suggested Neuromancer. We almost went back to Sick, but this was a lot different, musically, image-wise and obviously member-wise. We started over.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Halloween at Coopers'town. Lots of naked people on stage -- it was insane. We were Kiss, in full makeup. They were drunk and naked!

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Ted Nugent got pissed at us in Utah at a radio fest in front of 6,000 fans; he pulled the plug on us three songs into the set. He didn't like the mosh pit we fired up. Oh, well.

Worst gig?
Halloween last year, with Union Underground. You know the deal. It's over. Move on.

What do you love about the local scene?
Dave H. at Westword and KBPI (Uncle Nasty and Willy B's support of the scene). I'm not kissing ass -- it's true. You put hard rock back in the local mainstream. Greg and Willie have been there always. Love.45 getting a deal could help us/the scene more than we may realize.

What bugs you about the local scene?
People talk shit all the time. They don't even know me or how hard we have worked. I have paid my dues. I don't care what they think. I earned everything, the good and the bad.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
Too many to list. Don't want to dwell on the negative stuff. Ain't got time. But go back to the previous question. You get the deal, right? Any random facts we should know?
We really do have label interest, I swear.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Broncos.

Parting shot/final comments?
If I may quote one of our nation's greatest leaders and poets: "I forgot the fuckin' words, man!" -- David Lee Roth.

ERICA BROWN BAND
NOMINATED IN BLUES
4 P.M., LA RUMBA

And you are...?
Crazy, we're told, but we're the Erica Brown Band.

Website?
www.ericabrownband.com

How long has your act been together?
We've been together since 1998. Although some days it feels a lot longer, some a lot shorter.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Erica's pedicure... Oh, feAts!! We played the third year in a row for the "Dinner for Those Who Hunger" for Volunteers of America. We opened for B.B. King in February. Scotty and Rich shot really low numbers on the golf course this year. We opened for Tommy Castro, and the list goes on!

Recent recordings of note?
Rough Cut Stone, of course, and we'll be recording a local edition of Studio C for KBCO. I think one of our shows at KUVO with Miss JC may have been recorded, as well.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Like most other folks, most of us work day jobs -- but if I tell you here, the creditors will know where to find us!

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