Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
We played in Reno with Converge and Exhumed, and while Converge was playing, a member of an all XstraightedgeX "gang" (look out, suburbia) busted out his machete and began to attack the singer with it. Then it got really silly from there.

Worst gig?
Any gig that you have to make the promoter empty out the pinball machines to come up with the guarantee.

What do you love about the local scene?
Friends, family, big-fish-in-a-little-pond syndrome.

What bugs you about the local scene?
Friends, family, big-fish-in-a-little-pond syndrome.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That unlike our Hot Topic fashion-core counterparts, we no longer tune or rehearse.

Any random facts we should know?
John (drums) played on the new Secret Chiefs 3 record with Trey Spruance (Mr. Bungle/ Faith No More).

Avalanche or Broncos?
1 Avalanche, 2 Broncos. 2 couldn't give a shit.

Parting shot/final comments?
Parting shot: Jägermeister (shameless plug). Final comment: We promise we won't tell people we're Ion this year at the Showcase. And keep in mind that a vote for Cephalic is not just a vote for us, but a vote against the other bands in our category. Thank you!

CHRONOPHONIC
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
9 P.M., LA RUMBA

And you are...?
Chronophonic.

Website?
www.chronophonic.com

How long has your act been together?
About three years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
We were proud to take part in the second Chronophonic Funk Workshop in the earlier part of this year. All the members of Chronophonic worked with the students of Denver School of the Arts on a variety of topics, including composition, history, performance and improvisation.

Recent recordings of note?
Our second studio album, Footwork, was released in February of 2004. Kevin Clock (Gladys Knight) of Colorado Sound Studios co-produced the album, and Tom Baker (Beastie Boys, Stone Temple Pilots, B.B. King) mastered the CD. Currentl,y the album is receiving airplay from over 130 stations across the country. The album has charted on 22 stations in fourteen states.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
We hold it down as a waiters, mechanics, liquor salesmen, teachers and paint distributors.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Maybe 500 people.

Favorite places to play?
Your basement.

Why music?
Why not?

If not music, what else?
Prison guard/interior decorator.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Deep Pudding, Lucky Pants or Unlucky Pants.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
We played the grand opening of Fitness Explosion, a physical training facility. Due to Jon Piazza's waterlogged biceps, the mike turned into a crutch, and he went into a 45-minute Pointer Sisters medley. After comforting him with a blanket and chamomile tea, we finished the gig with high accolades.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
See answer to previous question.

Worst gig?
There have been a few that have rated extremely low. But one stands out, at Bottoms Up in Aurora. We were paid $10.

What do you love about the local scene?
There are some excellent musicians in Denver and the surrounding areas.

What bugs you about the local scene?
There are a multitude of venues in Denver that find it acceptable to consistently rip off bands with dismal pay and then look them in the eye and ask, "Is that okay?" After having performed throughout Colorado for a few years, at nice venues and crappy ones, we've found that it's not okay. Most decent people, even at the tiniest bars, can afford to pay a band a few hundred dollars for a full night's work. So what bugs me? A business that thinks it's cool to rip off musicians -- you venue owners know who you are. Let's take a stand as artists: Demand what you deserve and get paid.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we're all really, really good at board games. Some of us are good at Monopoly. Some are good at Yahtzee. Yet it is true that Mike Chiesa holds the key to Candy Land.

Any random facts we should know?
Birds don't have bladders.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Broncolanche.

Parting shot/final comments?
No, seriously, birds don't have bladders.

CRISPY CRITTERS
NOMINATED IN JAM
8 P.M., DAZZLE

And you are...?
Crispy Critters: Dave Hunt, vocals, lead guitar; Mike Studeny, vocals, guitar, harmonica, alto sax; Mike "Spanky" McCluer, bass; Tom Piercy, drums; Paul "Dr. Pos" Cohen, tenor and soprano saxophones; CR Gruver, vocals, keyboards, organ; Herb Green, congas, percussion; Richard Korte, sound engineer; and Mark Serratoni, on-call drummer.

Website?
www.crispycrittersband.com

How long has your act been together?
Four years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Being nominated for this and getting a couple of our songs in the airplay rotation from a live, in-studio session on 99.5/The Mountain. And Dave finally cleaned up the dog shit in his yard.

Recent recordings of note?
Mountain Mayhem studio recording available at Twist & Shout and Cheapo Discs. And we record every show we play to hand out to folks.

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