Dr. Neptune on early ambition: "We started working really hard at everything but our music"

Dr. Neptune (due this Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, at 3 Kings Tavern) became one of the more popular punk bands in the scene before disbanding for good in 2006, after a couple of vans broke down as the band was making waves on the Warped Tour circuit and in talks with a Sony subsidiary about a record contract. The group struck a chord with its infectious melodies, sense of fun and absurdist humor; the fact that the band put out an EP called DRN EP Tunes is a good indicator of the level of the act's self-deprecation, disguised as cartoonish bravado.

See also: Friday and Saturday: Punx Not Dead...We're All Just Really F'n Old, feat Dr. Neptune, Boldtype, King Rat and tons more, 11/22-11/23

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.