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Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

And you are...?
Eric Halborg, singer and bass player for the Denver band the Swayback.

Website?
www.theswayback.com

How long has your act been together?
It'll be two years in August.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Getting a rad new drummer named Nolan Aldridge and playing shows with him. He was just what we were looking for and has taken the band's sound pocket right where we always wanted it to be.

Recent recordings of note?
"I Want to Be Euroboy," recorded last night at home. Sample lyric: "I want to be Euroboy, I want a good time...all the time." -- Ah, Turbonegro, gush gush.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
I do graphic design for Goldenbell Press here in Denver. I layout Chronosmagazine for them. I also do web and graphic design for a company I started called Denver Design Army. DDA! Bill bartends at the hi-dive/Sputnik. He also spins rock/new-wave/dance freak-out music under the alias the Underwearwolf. Nolan plays drums for the Swayback and guitar for Signal to Noise -- strictly rock.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
With the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs at the Gothic for about 900 or so.

Favorite places to play?
Gothic, Fox, Larimer, hi-dive, 15th Street, Garageland, Monkey Mania, Lion's Lair, basements and our practice space.

Why music?
Just another way to make the art, but louder. We get to play with the bands whose records we love and respect.

If not music, what else?
Invisibility.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Mostly Monster, the Hit Points, Bugbear in the Rear, and Stalagmites and Stalactites.

What do you love about the local scene?
The amazingly talented and diverse bands that sport very little attitude. Vaux. Fear Before the March of Flames. Bright Channel. Scott Baio Army. Pinkku. Nightingale. Black Black Ocean. Love Me Destroyer. Call Sign Cobra. The Gamits. Screaming Bats. Munly. D.Biddle. Porlolo. Carrier. The Symptoms. Mr. Pacman. George & Caplin. Hot IQs. Zombie Zombie. Tarmints. Planes Mistaken for Stars. Drag the River. Great Redneck Hope. Matson Jones. Rabbit Fight. Audio Dream Sister. White Dynamite. The Risk. Signal to Noise. Blackout Pact. The Affairs. Grace Like Gravity. Dressy Bessy. That's some heavy shit, a collective artistic force to reckon with. Cool kids in the bands and cool kids that come watch the bands. Sweet venues and promoters that give you rad opening gigs for nationals and package together eclectic local band shows. Radio 1190!

What bugs you about the local scene?
Nothing, really.

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

Avalanche or Broncos?
Chicago Bears.

Parting shot/final comments?
Young kids in the 'burbs, city folk and freaks: Practice your instruments. Get a band together. Write songs and come join us. The music scene is on fire down here, and we want more fuel.

OTIS TAYLOR
NOMINATED IN BLUES

And you are...?
Otis Taylor.

Website?
www.otistaylor.com

How long has your act been together?
Since 1995.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
A three-star review in Rolling Stone for Double V.

Recent recordings of note?
Double V (2004) and Truth Is Not Fiction (2003), both released on Telarc Records.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?
Music.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
10,000.

Favorite places to play?
Too many to mention.

Why music?
Why not?

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Otis Taylor Group, Otis Taylor Experience, Otis Taylor Trio, etc., etc.

Worst gig?
Wagon Box in Story, Wyoming.

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

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That I'm traditional blues.

Any random facts we should know?
My favorite dessert is German chocolate cake.

Parting shot/final comments?
Support your local musicians -- one of them might just become the next thing.

TWO TON MOXIE
NOMINATED IN JAM

TYFOID MARY
NOMINATED IN HARD ROCK/METAL/AGGRO
4 P.M., THE CHURCH DOWNSTAIRS

And you are...?
Tyfoid Mary.

Website?
www.tyfoidmary.com

How long has your act been together?
Four years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Getting opening slots for national acts and getting nominated for the Westword awards; signing a deal with Hapi Skratch; and being selected to play at the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood for the Crue Fest on July 17.

Recent recordings of note?
Quarantine, released this past April; two songs on the compilation from Rudy's recording studio, Explosion in the Rockies.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Scott is an estimator for a flooring company; Jerry is a student at Red Rocks Community College and bounces at Club Ra on the weekends; Igor sells supplements at Wild Oats; and Dugan is in building maintenance.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Ogden Theatre, with Blister and Rogue last October -- 1,100 to 1,200 people.

Favorite places to play?
House of Rock, Ogden, Hollywood Legends and the Gothic Theatre.

Why music?
It's what we fucking love to do. And we're fucking good at it. It's a great form of release.

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