Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
Everyone thinks Tyson and Jim are brothers. We get asked that at every other gig.

Any random facts we should know?
Tyson and Graham have the same exact birthday! What are the odds of that? Graham is the son of Bob Haworth (of Kingston Trio fame).

Avalanche or Broncos?
Tyson digs the Avalanche, while Jim and Graham are all about the Broncos.

Parting shot/final comments?
Thanks for the gig! Salud!

THE REALS
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS/ROOTS
9 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

And you are...?
The Reals.

Website?
www.thereals.net

How long has your act been together?
Kevin and Matt have been playing together since just after high school -- ten years. The Reals have been together for five years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Touring Western cities this summer and fall with New Belgium Brewing company's Tour de Fat; winner of Westword's Readers' Choice for Best Recording; and lots of rotation at 1510 AM KCUV and The Mountain.

Recent recordings of note?
Our new record, Majestic, has sold nearly 2,000 copies since November. There's some new stuff on the website, with more to come soon.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
John Horan: owner of Real Baby; Cheyenne Kowal: mama, owner of QueenSweep; Kevin Meyer: teacher and joe slinger at Pablo's on 6th; Tom Zingaro: owner of Blue Lotus landscape company; Chris Budin: day job at Gravity Music Gear, backline/technical roadie work on the side; and Matt Kowal: audio engineering/CD mastering.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
About 3,000 at the Fillmore, and Matt played for several hundred thousand at a Broncos' Super Bowl homecoming.

Favorite places to play?
Gothic, Bluebird, Fox, Fadó, Fillmore, Lucia's Casa de Café, Bit & Spur (Springdale,Utah); Taste of Colorado is a wild trip, and the old Skylark.

Why music?
It's a great common language for lots of different types of people and can have instant results making people feel good.

If not music, what else?
Cheyenne would be reading head bumps as a phrenologist.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Chaps -- No Pants. 15 Bus.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
When we first started, our old drummer talked us into playing a fourteen-year-old's birthday party, whose sister he had the hots for. The kids were not into us at all. Eminem would have made them much happier. The parents were pretty torqued -- while reclining on their bed surrounded by their lap poodles, they expressed their disappointment.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
In Salt Lake City, Utah, after ripping off some small items -- someone left their used needle wrapped in an old rag on the dash of the van. Earlier, drummer Darin Hahn freaked out elderly RV-ers as he walked through the hotel parking lot with his pants around his ankles, singing "The Old Grey Mare." Coincidence?

Worst gig?
See above.

What do you love about the local scene?
Lots of great supportive friends/bands: Oakhurst, Jack Redell, Born in the Flood, Local 33 and all the Rainville fellas.

What bugs you about the local scene?
A lot of people booking shows don't look as deep into various scenes as they could. There's some really interesting stuff happening in Denver. We make some of our shows more of an event. A strong contrast between performers is cool -- we've had acrobats, a twenty-person children's Mariachi band and world champion yo-yo'ers.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That our live sound is quite as mellow as our latest recording.

Any random facts we should know?
Applehorn's taint got lasered.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Zephyrs.

Parting shot/final comments?
Dave Herrera has the monkey pox.

RED CLOUD
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS/ROOTS
6 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

And you are...?
Red Cloud: Ross Etherton, Jason Heller, Andrew Warner and Jeremy Ziehe.

Website?
www.redcloudrock.com

How long has your act been together?
Red Cloud was born in September of 2002.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
We were able to clone Jason Heller using a few droplets of his sweat and some chest hair from the Sexrock Gods, formerly known as Black Black Ocean.

Recent recordings of note?
A seventy-minute collection of rock songs due to come out in a few months.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Cooking, slinging coffee, slandering and dealing with water salinity reports.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
There were quite a few giants at a show we played with I Can Lick Any SOB in the House.

Favorite places to play?
A few lucky souls saw us, drunken and covered in chicken fat, at Club 404. Steakhouses and places that serve pizza will generally get our votes.

Why music?
It's all about catharsis, man. And there's something special about four social retards making noise together.

If not music, what else?
Flag football or lawn darts.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Thunderwizard.

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