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Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

Avalanche or Broncos?
Avalanche, just because we're trying to kiss their asses so they'll play our hockey anthem "Heavy Metal Hockey Animal" video over the JumboTron.

Parting shot/final comments?
Eat your vitamins and never give up!

MY CALCULUS BEATS YOUR ALGEBRA
NOMINATED IN AVANT-GARDE
6 P.M., SERENGETI

And you are...?
My Calculus Beats Your Algebra: Thorin Klosowski and Bryan Danknich.

Website?
www.thedanceprogram.net/mcbya

How long has your act been together?
Two years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
We recently constructed a cosmic hamster capable of being ridden around puzzle-like worlds and dropping bombs.

Recent recordings of note?
A three-inch split with Dead Medic. A full-length is due out August 5. A CD split with (the) Kindercide is due out soon. And a ten-inch is due out in spring of 2005.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Twist & Shout and Metropolitan.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
70 people, maybe 75 -- maybe even 100, if you count the people who we drove to standing outside.

Favorite places to play?
Monkey Mania and the hi-dive.

Why music?
It's the only way to express the constant stream of video-game soundtracks that are playing in our heads.

If not music, what else?
I'm sure we would find something useful to do with our time. Bryan is an expert bass fisherman; assuredly there is something he could do with that. Thorin, however, is frightened of most outdoor environments; maybe that could be used to an advantage somehow.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
The time Bryan got his hand bit clean off by one of the members of Hipster Bloodbath. He was forced to reconstruct a hand out of spare metal parts in order to complete the set. Later, the hand was located and sewn back into place.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
The Pheremones, Peoria, Illinois. You have to see it to believe it.

Worst gig?
Larimer Lounge.

What do you love about the local scene?
The few remaining DIY kids who are striving to create an environment for creativity and ingenuity while remaining true to their ethics and morals.

What bugs you about the local scene?
The fashion, the drugs, the pretension and the competition.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
People seem to think that they enjoy hearing us play.

Any random facts we should know?
Surprisingly, neither of us are classically trained.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Raiders and Red Wings.

PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS
NOMINATED IN PUNK

And you are...?
Good. Up in Them Guts should be out any day now, and we are touring our asses off.

Website?
www.pmfs.net

How long has your act been together?
A little over six years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Avoiding liver failure.

Recent recordings of note?
Up In Them Guts on No Idea.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
We all just scrape by on odd jobs and the help of our loved ones.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
2,500 on different support tours.

Favorite places to play?
Wherever we are welcomed.

Why music?
Our modeling careers failed.

If not music, what else?
We'd have the biggest fucking garden you've ever seen.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Blue Oyster Cult, but we found out it was taken.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
We had a ghetto bird (police chopper) bust our house show. (Your tax dollars at work.)

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
You name it.

Worst gig?
Too many to decide.

What do you love about the local scene?
Friends Forever.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Apathetic/fickle/hipster kids.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we are a metal band.

Any random facts we should know?
The world is going to hell in a handbasket. We need to love each other more.

Avalanche or Broncos?
The Fighting Whities.

Parting shot/final comments?
Be good to each other.

PLASTIC PARACHUTE
NOMINATED IN POP
5 P.M., LA RUMBA

And you are...?
Plastic Parachute: Ricky Brewer, guitar; Shaun Nelson, bass; Nic Woods, drums; and Deb Hooks, vocals.

Website?
www.plasticparachute.com

How long has your act been together?
A year and a half.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
The Westword nomination! We've also had a great year opening for such acts as Nelly Furtado and Rick Springfield, and we're pretty stoked about playing Red Rocks this summer!!

Recent recordings of note?
In August, we're heading out to L.A. to record our new album. We're very excited to be working on our latest material with cool cat Rodger Carter.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Bills? Oh, we don't have any... Uh, well...oh, are those due again? Hmmm.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
40,000 runners at the Bolder Boulder 10K race this year. They never even had a chance to get bored with us.

Favorite places to play?
So many great venues in Denver! Special love to all those who let the Plastic kids in the door and gave a new band a chance.

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