Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

What bugs you about the local scene?
It's getting a bit too hipster. And I don't see a lot of bands doing anything other than emulating sounds and fashions. I wish it could be more about the music, which it is for a lot of local bands. I guess it's the same everywhere.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we can't drink you under the table.

Any random facts we should know?
No additives does not mean a healthier cigarette.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Go, local sports team!

Parting shot/final comments?
Check out: www.gamits.com. Thanks and see you at the show.

GEORGE & CAPLIN
NOMINATED IN AVANT-GARDE
5 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

And you are...?
george & caplin.

Website?
www.georgeandcaplin.com

How long has your act been together?
We've been bandmates since 2001 and conceptual bandmates since 1980, when our Tonka trucks first worked on a project together.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
We just finished a new LP. We are extremely proud of its themes, diversity and overall creativity. But over the last year, we have been pleasantly surprised many times. We were very honored to have our last album, Fate's First Lonely Night, be ranked in the top five for local releases in 2003 by the Denver Post. And Pitchfork Media also named our album one of the top twenty albums that should have been reviewed in 2003 nationally.

Recent recordings of note?
Fate's First Lonely Night, our second full-length album, was released in June of last year. Our new LP, Electronic Eulogy From Morse Code Infinity, should be released soon! Probably in late August of this year.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Education. One of us is a fifth-grade teacher, the other is an educational assistant for elementary teachers.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
We tend to be shy in big crowds, so I guess we never counted. More than our fingers and toes, though, we know.

Favorite places to play?
Yorkshire Studios, Climax, hi-dive, Larimer Lounge and Denver Museum of Contemporary Art.

Why music?
Nostalgia for childhood imagination: We always created new ways to use our old toys when we were younger. Now we apply the same ideas to our instruments.

If not music, what else?
Being dorks privately instead of publicly.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Never a hard decision: Anything inspired by Alfred Hitchcock is okay with us.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
We played once at a venue that is definitely more conducive to blaring guitar solos, party music and verse chorus/verse chorus kind of compositions. We played after a blues/soul cover band. And let's just say that many beers grew warm from mouths being unable to operate when we started playing songs using our guitars like washboards and using a variety of rewired kids' toys.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Coming soon.

Worst gig?
Whenever we are too critical of ourselves. Which is almost always.

What do you love about the local scene?
So many incredibly talented musicians and artist have been inspiring us lately. I think we have enjoyed more local shows lately than any national acts. The best part of the scene is its sense of community. I feel like I am back in art school again.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Denver has an incredible scene of experimental artists and IDM artists that often go unseen in certain circles. I would love to see these acts be appreciated in a broader context. We all owe a lot to their experimentation.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
Neither of us is named George or Caplin.

Any random facts we should know?
Watch Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest to solve all our mysteries. The mysterious "Third Man" in our live set is named Marcellus Lewis, aka 86spaceboat. His new EP is great.

Avalanche or Broncos?
How about them Denver Gold?

Parting shot/final comments?
Thanks to the Iselin family and Stevens family, who nurtured our freedoms in youth and support us today. And thanks to those who listen and make it even more fun for us to share. Also, thanks to Tyler Potts, whose influence will be tremendously missed in the Denver scene. Tyler helped us get our foot in the door in the beginning, and we will miss his music and his inspiration. But we know he will do great things in Seattle.

GROUND ZERO MOVEMENT
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP
8 P.M., OPAL

And you are...?
The hardest-working group in show business. The Ground Zero Movement!

Website?
www.groundzeromovement.com

How long has your act been together?
All members have been involved in the hip-hop scene as early as 1992. The current form of the group has been together since December 2001.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
The Summer Jam after-party with J-Kwon; D.O. skydiving off the Aurora Mall; and a trip to Mexico to rock three shows in San Carlos, Sonora.

Recent recordings of note?
The new album, Writer's Square, will be released in August. Future I.D. is still available (go cop that!!). Tangerine V.I.P.er will be re-released in August. And No Radio Play is just a collector's classic!!

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