Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

If not music, what else?
PE instructor at St. Mary's Academy

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Before I was Matthew Moon I called myself Matthew Gallows until my mother told me it reminded her of someone hanging from a tree.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
I've got three: 1) Brian Ford dressed in '70s garb, completely wasted, knocks over two tables, a monitor and a mike stand. 2) Brian Ford passes out on the front of the stage. 3) Brian Ford sings "Prophet of Doom," by the Samples, after three shots of Rumplemintz, two car bombs and sixteen beers.

Love .45
Love .45
DJ Vajra
DJ Vajra

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
On an off night in Missoula, Montana, we decided to go bowling. As we passed the hotel bar, we noticed a very attractive female bartender. One drink never hurt anyone, right? We sat at the bar and watched the room fill up with college kids. Some guy with a green backpack offers us acid. We trip our balls off and forever change the meaning of the phrase, "Let's go bowling."

Worst gig?
Battle of the Bands at the Skyline, 1999. Who comes up with these silly competitions?

What do you love about the local scene?
Sharon Rawles.

What bugs you about the local scene?
The band Missing Melissa.

What's the biggest misconception about you?
I do not know.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Our tour schedule always revolves around football.

THE MOTET
NOMINATED IN JAZZ/SWING
10 P.M., LA RUMBA

And you are...?
The Motet!

Website?
www.themotet.net

How long has your act been together?
Since 1998, almost six years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Performed at KBCO's 25th Annual Kinetics in May to thousands of fans; will be performing at the San Francisco Fillmore in July. The Motet is working hard to spread consciousness and awareness throughout the music community. We're conducting voter registration at shows throughout 2004. We're fueling our tour bus with eco-friendly and clean-burning bio-diesel on our West Coast summer tour. Bio-diesel is manufactured from vegetable oils, is a renewable resource, is biodegradable and dramatically reduces engine emissions.

Recent recordings of note?
Music for Life, a brand-new recording of all new music coming out next month. The first new album in two years!

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Pay the bills playing music. Day job is to shed and practice so that we can play great music all night.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Probably Kinetics in May, although I don't have an exact number. One of the best crowds was years ago at the Carbondale Mountain Fair ,where we had the full and undivided attention of 5,000 boogeying folks.

Favorite places to play?
Obviously, Boulder and Denver. Friends and family make it great. But we have awesome crowds in Missoula, Montana; Asheville, North Carolina; Austin, Texas, and San Luis Obispo, California. The whole West Coast, from San Diego to Seattle, can be just great.

Why music?
Music feeds the soul. Ideally, it pays the bills and feeds your belly, as well.

If not music, what else?
Different strokes for different folks. Our guitarist, Mark Donovan, does great web design. Our percussionist, Scott Messersmith, has been building and now completing his house up in the mountains.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
The Motet was originally the Dave Watts Motet. We were gonna call ourselves String Cheese Incident, but someone had snatched that up already. Also thought of Fish, but that would have been confusing.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Why does the weather just dump on us every Halloween? It's either raining buckets or dumping snow. We've sold out the Fox Theatre on Halloween every year for the past three years, and the weather is always horrible. Something spooky going on, for sure.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Being on tour.

Worst gig?
Ouch. I'd rather not talk about it

What do you love about the local scene?
Just the great support and family feel. The diversity of interests in Boulder keeps things vibrant and alive. There's just some great energy here.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Well, nothing, of course. Everybody's great. We love everyone.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we will keep the same lineup forever. The nature of the Motet is change. The music evolves, and so do the players. You can always count on the players being top-notch, phenomenal musicians. You just may not recognize all of them from the Motet show you saw a couple years ago.

Any random facts we should know?
Motet, by definition, is a cappella music. We came up with the name before we ever bothered to check it out in the dictionary. Oops. When we named the band, it was constantly fluctuating from a quintet to a septet to a sextet, so by calling it Motet, the name would always be right.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Huh?

MR. PACMAN
NOMINATED IN AVANT-GARDE

And you are...?
Mr. Pacman: 8-bit video-game action-rockers. Mr. Pacman on vocals and key-tar; Silver Ghost on Commodore 64 super-computer; the White Tiger on percussion; and Cockroach 3030 on guitar.

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