Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
The biggest misconception about Rogue is that we are not nice guys. Every person in the band is a stand-up individual. When you get a certain level of success, people think differently of you. We are all cool people.

Any random facts we should know?
We have pretty much held every local attendance record there is in Denver. Some shows have drawn more, but ours weren't comped. We are known for throwing the best parties in town, and for having the coolest crowd of people that follow us. Rogue-ans rule!

Avalanche or Broncos?
I myself am a hardcore Broncos fan. The rest of my band loves them as well, but they are more partial to hockey and the Avalanche.

Parting shot/final comments?
Check out our website, and keep your eyes and ears open for us this year. We have secured distribution for the next record, and this will be our biggest year to date. Thank you all. And mad love to Cephalic Carnage, who has done things on the national and international market. We are proud as hell of them.

ROSE HILL DRIVE
NOMINATED IN ROCK
6:45 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

And you are...?
Daniel, son of Steve-O.

Web site?
www.rosehilldrive.com

How long has your act been together?
I think around four and a half years or so.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Finishing a whole bottle of Jim Beam, from what I remember.

Recent recordings of note?
We are in the process of recording our first album.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
We leave the lights off and don't bathe.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
About 2,000, at a couple of festivals on the East Coast and in the Midwest.

Favorite places to play?
The Fox Theatre, hands down. And Proud Larry's in Oxford, Mississippi.

Why music?
I don't know about that question. Why is much too deep. How about what. What music. There you go.

If not music, what else?
Cars and women.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Joe Johiminna and the Jahosaphat Witnesses, Jumpin Jimminy and the Joggily Stars, and The J's.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
The one where we all walked out naked and everyone started laughing. And everywhere I turned there were people pointing and evil faces -- but it turned out to be a dream.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
There was one in Jersey, where the owner of the club wanted to beat us. We ended up playing for a bunch of pseudo-hippies that ran out holding their ears and asking for their money back. Boy, did I feel like an ass.

Worst gig?
I don't think there is such a thing.

What do you love about the local scene?
The Fox and all of the music.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Nothing, really. It is what it is.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we're Hanson. Fuck that.

Avalanche or Broncos?
I didn't know they played each other.

Parting shot/final comments?
Can you write "fuck" in your paper?

THE ROYAL WE
NOMINATED IN POP
7 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

And you are...?
The Royal We, soon to be known as Hot IQs: Eli Mishkin, lead vox/ guitar; Bryan Feuchtinger, bass/vox; and Elaine Acosta, drums.

Website?
www.theroyalweband.com

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

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Bryan has just learned to tie his shoes; Eli has memorized most of the Pledge of Allegiance; and Elaine has finally stopped wetting the bed.

Recent recordings of note?
Our debut album, An Argument Between the Brain & Feet, comes out in late summer 2004.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
We are all rocket scientists. Ahem. But in our spare time, Bryan's a recording engineer (Uneven Studios), Elaine's a nurse, and Eli's a project manager.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
About 350 people.

Favorite places to play?
The Larimer Lounge, hi-dive, Bluebird, Monkey Mania, Climax Lounge and Fox Theatre.

Why music?
It's the easiest and fastest way to be in a car commercial. But seriously, we're all obsessed. Music is an addiction, a hobby, a good excuse to stay out till three on a Tuesday night.

If not music, what else?
Elaine would be a hot dog vendor, Eli would be a haberdasher, and Bryan would be a WB Superstar.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Oh My!, Seatbelt for My Mustache, the Royal Fisticuffs, Cub Scout Hips and, oh, yeah, Prince of Pants.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
This one time, we brought in a few extra members and all this crazy gear. Decided we'd speak in thick British accents. Then we played heavenly landscapes of rock to 6,000 screaming fans at Red Rocks -- wait, no, that was Radiohead.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
While playing Reno, we had this belligerent drunk thrown out for being an ass. Well, it turned out he was the promoter of the show. Death threats ensued. Long story short, we'll never be able to play in Reno again.

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