Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

Worst gig?
None, really.

What do you love about the local scene?
The camaraderie, the diversity of sounds, and the fact that any given day at any given club, you can see your favorite band or see a great new one. Denver has blossomed into a fine, fine music town.

What bugs you about the local scene?
The lack of national recognition.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
For one, that Bryan is really Steve Sanders from 90210. Also, that Elaine has breast implants (which were then removed). That's just patently false. And that Eli is really Glen Danzig. A more sensitive Danzig, if you will. Also not true.

Any random facts we should know?
Elaine has a superfluous nipple. Bryan's grandpa invented the Egg Wave. Eli was the voice of TV's Alf.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Who in the what, now?

Parting shot/final comments?
Eli: "I think that the single most important thing in this life is [illegible]." Elaine: "I don't want anything I have to say at this time to be immortalized. But thank you for asking." Bryan: "I'm hard at work practicing for my audition for WB Superstars. Check it out, yo."

RUBBER PLANET
NOMINATED IN POP
10 P.M., DAZZLE

And you are...?
Silver from Rubber Planet.

Website?
www.rubberplanet.net

How long has your act been together?
Six years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Having CD-release parties in four different states.

Recent recordings of note?
A brand-spanking new CD, Out There.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Pizza Hut -- that's why I'm so chubby.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
A couple of thousand, when we opened up for Lifehouse.

Favorite places to play?
Out of town, where no one knows you. In town, I love Herman's when the dance floor is bouncing every one up and down.

Why music?
I just love it. I'm not sure why, but it calls out to me, smacks me around, makes love to me and leaves me wanting more.

If not music, what else?
Skateboarding.

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

Worst gig?
We were on tour, and the booking agent told us that there would be at least 200 kids at this gig in California. And there was! The place was packed, and everyone was dancing to rap music. As soon as we started playing, the club cleared out like someone had pulled the fire alarm.

What do you love about the local scene?
Lots of great bands.

What bugs you about the local scene?
All the haters.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
Everything you hear about us is true.

Any random facts we should know?
Vitamin G and I have been together since high school.

Avalanche or Broncos?
I'm a huge Broncos fan and one of the biggest fans of the local scene.

Parting shot/final comments?
Green is the new pink!

ERIC SHIVELEY
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
7 P.M., DAZZLE

And you are...?
Eric Shiveley & the Deserters: Eric Shiveley, vocals; Miles Marlin, bass; Mark Mauldin, guitars; Dan Paschke, guitars; and Chris Reidy, drums.

Website?
www.ericshiveley.com

How long has your act been together?
Four years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Eric ate year-old bag of Ranch Corn Nuts found in trunk. Miles finally removed Rocket Ajax bumper sticker from Dodge Aries K. Mark's second testicle descended. Dan smoked huge bowl of banana peels. Chris got kicked out of three McDonald's for hogging the PlayPlace ball-washer.

Recent recordings of note?
This year we're totally gonna make a four-song album or something for giving to clubs and stuff. Miles's friend Randy said we could easily play at Shooters if we had a demo. And that place gets packed with bikers on Thursdays. Anyway, we have a four-track reel-to-reel, and Mark's friend Rhett can make unbelievable effects and stuff on his PC. I mean, he can make anything from helicopters to something that sounds like an elephant screaming and then blowing up. It kills me every time he plays it! You're not gonna believe this demo!

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Courier. (I wanna give a shout-out to my peeps at Triple Z. Yo, Ronda!)

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
At Knebworth in 1990, Miles ran on stage when Elton John started "Sacrifice." Probably 80,000 people saw security hold Miles up while Elton John rammed a mike stand into his groin like thirteen times.

Favorite places to play?
Definitely the Larimer Lounge -- because the sound guy does a quick check and then tends bar until feedback breaks something. That's rock and roll, y'all. Or any club where we can open for dreamboat Jim Dalton of the Railbenders!

Why music?
Man, have you ever seen pretty ladies get all silly and drape themselves on some bald dude reading poetry?

If not music, what else?
Kickboxing: sport of the future.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Nina Sorority, On Second Thought I Just Wasted Six Bucks, 1190's Random Noise Generator.

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