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These Desciples follow their own dread-rock template

The band calls its music "dread rock," and while the act does pay fairly direct homage to Brad Nowell in the occasional punk-rock breakdown or Big-Muff-shredding guitar solo, Desciples, at its core, really plays straight-up reggae. And from the downbeat, percussion-heavy grooves to the dub-influenced, liberal use of delay, you'd be hard pressed to find a band that does it more faithfully or better than this outfit. We caught up with Desciples in advance of their CD-release party this week and talked to them about getting interactive, playing guitar with your tongue and stealing fans from Sublime.

Westword: I think an interesting thing about your setup is the dual percussion. Tell me about how you guys work together.

Chili Marino: A lot of times, I can just feel where Tim's going, and I'll just accent different beats and sounds. I just make sure it fits, and if it doesn't, these guys let me know.

Tim Maholic: Yeah, he adds a lot of texture, like in that song when it's like [sings] "three little birds" and he makes a sound like a flock of birds. So it changes from being static percussion to something that's almost interactive.

Stephen Hashbarger: He kind of dances circles around us. Like I'll throw down some delay, and he'll have a shaker trailing behind the delay or something.

TM: Or he'll pull out a megaphone and follow Steve, or today he busted out these little plastic Slurpee straws and started hitting his bells with them. He does shit like that all the time.

CM: Where that comes from is my family back in Kansas. I had two different uncles that played percussion, and anything that was around was an instrument to them.

Terry Burns [indicating Stephen]: He plays with his tongue.

You play with your tongue?

SH [laughs]: Well, I play with my teeth. It's just, we've just gotten a lot of reviews where people are like, "Oh, they were playing this song, and then the guitarist broke into a solo with his tongue!"

CM: Yep, our live show is something to see.

TB: I hate when I go see bands and they're just up there standing around. I want somebody to give me a reason I didn't just put a dollar in a jukebox and I spent twenty bucks to go see you. So when we're on stage, we go crazy.

Some of what you guys do is pretty reminiscent of Sublime. Is that one of your influences?

TB: I mean, they're super-popular for a reason: because they're an awesome band.

CM: Yeah, it's too bad they're also playing July 10 — so a lot of their fans will be at our show.

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