Westword Music Showcase 2006

Be there or be square!

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Big up to all local reggae crew, Jus Goodie, P-Nuckle, Canon, Judge Roughneck, Irie Still, all who carry the flame.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?All of Bob's work.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?There are so many great, classic reggae artists, but Bob's lyrics go beyond artistry, attaining a prophetic dimension.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Really don't pay much attention.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?mYkid.

LOVE ME DESTROYER
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE
7 P.M., TWO A.M.

Website: www.lovemedestroyer.net

Personnel:Scooter, Taylor, Ryan and Cody.

Native or transplant?Native.

Releases/discography:Black Heart Affair came out in 2003. Our second CD will be out this fall.

Describe your music in a sentence:No-coast feel-good party jamz.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We already have, plenty of times. Our CD is out in Japan, and we're bigger than Dance Dance Revolution.

What's your idea of "making it"?Giving 60 percent at our shows and golfing on Mondays.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Scooter: Planes Mistaken for Stars, Blackout Pact, Signal to Noise. Taylor: Fear Before the March of Flames, Drop Dead, Gorgeous and Dork. Ryan: Signal to Noise, Blackout Pact, Blue Angels. Cody: Vaux, Murder of Crows and Drag the River.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Lately? Scooter: Danko Jones, Sleep Is the Enemy; The Bronx. Taylor: Dandy Warhols, Come Down; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Howl. Ryan: Saosin, Translating the Name, The Bronx. Cody: A Wilhelm Scream, Ruiner; Tool, 10,000 Days.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Lately? Scooter: Ryan Adams, Josh Todd (Buckcherry). Taylor: Courtney Taylor-Taylor (Dandy Warhols), Adam Rupert (Fear Before). Ryan: Darrel "Dimebag" Abbott, Trevor Reilly (A Wilhelm Scream). Cody: Trent Reznor and Josh Freese.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Great for networking, bad for cheating on your girlfriend.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Scooter has a mini-disc player with Mars Volta and Thrice on it. Cody and Ryan have iPods with thirteen days' worth of music on them. Taylor has a walkman with Miami Sound Machine stuck in the cassette deck.

LOVE.45
NOMINATED IN POP
6 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.love45.com

Personnel: Paul Trinidad (lead guitar); Mick Shivers (guitar, vocals); Danny Elster (lead vocals, bass), Jim Messina (drums).

Native or transplant?Native.

Releases/discography:love.45 (2004, Sixthman); The Seattle Sessions EP (2003); and we have new music on the way!

Describe your music in a sentence:It's rock music with a sense of space and monumental scope, along with raw power and energy that is heavy on melody and harmonies, yet kicks in plenty of guitar crunch and punch.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Non-stop hard work will always create positive momentum!

What's your idea of "making it"?Having no limitation as limitation.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?It's great to see many locals in a variety of genres doing so well!

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?The theme to Monday Night Football, as well as Billy Joel, Elton John and Lionel Richie tunes to listen to while traveling.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Kiss, Shinedown, the Beatles, Journey, Mae, 3 Doors Down, Foo Fighters, Prince and Led Zeppelin.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Both!

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?We have everything from A to Z on the iPod right now, thanks to our drummer, Jim Messina!

MACHINE GUN BLUES
NOMINATED IN ROCK
4 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.myspace.com/machinegunblues

Personnel:Joshua Terry (lead guitar); Aaron Collins (vocals); Holland Rock-Garden (organ); Jermaine Smith (bass); Everett Mansfield (drums).

Native or transplant?We are a native Denver band. Only two of us were born here, but we came together here, and we love Denver.

Releases/discography:High and Low Fi: Live at Ponchos Via, (self-released 2005); Machine Gun Blues EP (Not Bad Records, 2006).

Describe your music in a sentence: The Machine Gun Blues are a rock-and-roll band, a real rock-and-roll band.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? We have no intention of ever leaving Denver, although in 2007 we will be touring for five months of the year.

What's your idea of "making it"?Making it, in my mind, is being able to make a living off of touring and having a good national fan base. We have received great support from people nationally and can only hope to continue and build that national support.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?We have such a great local scene here in Denver. Some of the most exiting bands are the Swayback, who are just awesome, and the Photo Atlas seem to just be unstoppable. We are very excited to see what Big Timber will accomplish coming up. The new Laylights lineup has really taken their sound to a new level. Red Cloud West, with the addition of Neil -- well, I didn't think they could get better, but I was wrong. The Horace Van Vaughn is creating a musical revolution that may soon take us all over. The Tarmints, since they have returned, have been on fire. Last but not least, the Reverend Deadeye gets better and better every time he plays.

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