By Isa Jones
By Mary Willson
By Brian Turk
By Drew AIles
By Taylor Boylston
By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Hell, yes!
What's your idea of "making it"? Martin: To headline at the 9:30 Club in D.C. to a sold-out crowd. Willis: Being recognized as a national act, and being able to live comfortably from touring, playing shows, selling our music.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about? No Fair Fights, no question.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Coheed & Cambria; the Chili Peppers, Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik; every Fugazi album; all Metallica; all U2; the Boys Night Out; Train Wreck. Willis: Incubus, Make Yourself; 311, Evolver.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Same as above.
Myspace: godsend or the devil? Godsend for us.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? Martin: Ranges from Sly and the Family Stone to Funeral for a Friend!
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE
Personnel: Brent Loveday (lead guitar, vocals); Tim Jadowski (bass, backing vocals); Andrew Eric (drums, Pure Evil); Johnny Smith (backing vocals, harmonies).
Native or Transplant? All four of us are from different states.
Releases/Discography: Naysayers and Yesmen/Laugh Now Cry Later ( 2005, Street Anthem Records ); Laugh Now Cry Later EP (2004, Boss Tuneage Records); You're Only Making It Worse (2003, Boss Tuneage Records); Naysayers and Yesmen (2002, Boss Tuneage Records); Web of Lies EP (1997, Bomb Records). Featured on several compilation albums over the years.
Describe your music in a sentence: Well, we have been told, "Loud, fast, dirty -- no, FILTHY -- punk rock and roll."
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? We already have.
What is your idea of "making it"? When you look in the crowd and there's a good healthy pit going, and everyone is singing along to your songs, even in places you have never been before, and they ask, "When are you coming back?"
What local artists are you most excited about? Well, besides the longstanding bands in this town that we play with, like King Rat, Dr. Neptune, Bold Type, the Swanks, Whiskey Kiss and Frontside Five, there are several new up-and-comers that we feel are going to make a good impact on our genre. Bands like Alcoholiday, the Allergies, Red Stinger, Jett Black, the Susceptibles and Ghost Blood. We know there are a lot more great bands in Colorado; we just haven't had the pleasure of sharing the stage with them yet. Don't just wait for the Warped Tour to come to town once a year. Get out of the 'burbs and see the great bands we have right here in your own back yard. Yes, folks, Denver has a great punk-rock scene, but you'll never know sitting on the couch.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Not one single or even several albums can sum it all up. Guess you would have to ask each member of the band. Go to a show and ask!
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Again, it's hard to narrow it down, since there are so many, so we'll say this: all of the great bands that have come before us, especially the So Cal punk-rock bands from the early '80s.
MySpace: godsend or the devil ? Hahaha! Both! Everyone says they hate it, but they're on there all the time, right? We like it; it's a great way to communicate with our fans and let them know what's up with the band. Is that Tom guy a real person ?
Do you have an iPod ? If so, who's on it right now? Those things hold like a million songs or something crazy like that. Don't think Westword has enough space to list them all.
NOMINATED IN BLUES
5 P.M., SHELTER
Personnel: Reverend and my goddamn wife.
Native or transplant? Native American transplant.
Releases/discography: Singin' and Shoutin' in Yer Mama's Church (2005); Drinkin' With the Reverend (2003); Reverend Deadeye (2002).
Describe your music in a sentence: Punk-rock hillbilly gospel blues.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Nope, too drunk to drive.
What's your idea of "making it"? Jesus, whiskey and a soft feather bed.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about? The bands that make the Reverend's loins quiver are the Whiskey Pissin' Blues Band, Ghost Buffalo, Hexen, Monofog, Red Cloud West, American Relay and Machine Gun Blues.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? The one that my wife done threw at me cuz she was all pissed awf.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Blind Willie Bukka Lemon Johnson Jefferson the III, my dad, Jesus and whiskey (oh, and that dirty ol' brother backslider).
Myspace: godsend or the devil? Nothin' made by human hands for financial gain could be anything but evil -- well, except for whiskey.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? I got the Quadrajets on my fancy-ass record player right now.
ROSE HILL DRIVE
NOMINATED IN ROCK
NOMINATED IN POP
7 P.M., MILK BAR