Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
Many people think that because we have sideburns that we are a rockabilly band. The music we play "walks the line" between rockabilly and country but tends to cross far deeper into country territory than into rockabilly. We are a country band!

Any random facts we should know?
Due to Ranger Dave's extensive foreign travel and his many friends still serving in U.S. Army Special Operations, the Hangovers are currently being listened to from Moscow to the presidential palace in Baghdad!

Avalanche or Broncos? vThe only real sports fanatic in the band is Donnie, and he is a season ticket holder for the Broncos.

Parting shot/final comments?
We want to thank Denver and its citizens for making it possible to play and record original music and be successful. Most cities will only support bands that cover popular hits. If that was what we would have to do in order to play, I don't believe we would do it. This is a very unique town in that original bands have a good shot at becoming popular.

WILLIE HOUSTON
NOMINATED IN BLUES

ION
NOMINATED IN HARD ROCK/METAL/AGGRO
5 P.M., THE CHURCH DOWNSTAIRS

And you are...?
Ion, Noe De Leon.

Website ?
www.ionband.com

How long has your act been together?
Ion has been together for about a year and four months or so.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Performing with some of my favorite acts at large venues: Disturbed, Taproot, Chevelle (Denver Coliseum), Evanescence (Fillmore Auditorium), Cold, Orgy, Godhead and Society1 (Ogden Theatre).

Recent recordings of note?
Yes, our new album, Gross National Product.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Tod: graphic design; Joe: delivers car parts; Noe: delivers legal documents; Gef: has no idea/teaches drum lessons/drum and bugle corps; Nik: works at Home Depot.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
The biggest crowd would be at the Denver Coliseum; it was, if I'm right, around eight to ten thousand. It was crazy, and I almost puked.

Favorite places to play?
I love playing at Herman's; it's like home. Besides, they have the sexiest waitresses. And I need to not leave out the doorman, who treats us like it's our home. It really does feel like home. I like Cricket on the Hill for the live, up-in-your-face feel. And the Blue Mule is always a personal pleaser. I like performing at the Ogden and Gothic for full live stage setup purposes.

Why music?
Music has had a really big impact on my life. It gives me something to take out emotion and stress on. Music really comforts me, whether it is my own or other music.

If not music, what else?
If not music, I would have been a journalist or a movie director.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Gross National Product. Terraform. "Todd Schlafer and his four asses." (Ha ha ha).

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Somebody in the band played a show and soiled himself on stage! Uhh? What?

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
We were touring and stopped in Vegas, and I wanted to gamble, for some "odd" reason. The very first piece of U.S. currency I pulled out, which was a quarter, I lost at Treasure Island. I dropped it and lost it on the boardwalk. I think it was a sign not to gamble. I always lose money.

Worst gig?
Place not mentioned, but we didn't get paid -- and I had a scary stalker that night. The sound was horrible. And we had to pay for drinks, which were expensive.

What do you love about the local scene?
I like that no matter what different styles people play, the bands are still good friends and can relate -- and accept that music is a worldwide language within itself.

What bugs you about the local scene?
What bugs me is all the drama and people trying to fit in genres. Those are usually the people/bands that make the separation of styles worse. The venues need to stop catering to just one style or size.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
People think we are hardcore metal and think because some of the music is loud that it's all angry. There are so many songs that we have that are the complete opposite of how it's approached musically.

Any random facts we should know?
We are hardworking, and I can never eat or sleep without hearing melodies in my head. I always have a need to write and learn more. You can never, ever learn enough or get good enough. There's always so much more to learn. My personal style favorites are mostly hip-hop and old-school jazz and blues.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Avalanche and Broncos -- but mostly their cheerleaders and the great deals on booze they have at every local bar.

Parting shot/final comments?
I would personally like to thank Dave Herrera for putting the balls back into the local scene and the local media/paper. I'd like to thank Uncle Nasty for helping out the local scene as much as he has. I, myself, along with Ion, would like to thank each individual that has supported us this far into our career and hard work. There will be much, much more coming from Ion. I would like to play more diverse performances with other local acts. Buy the new CD!

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