Westword Music Showcase 2005

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When did you form/start performing?

Andy Guerrero formed the group in 1999. The lineup has changed a lot over the past five years, but Serafin Sanchez and Joe Ferrone have been steady fixtures in the band and help to make the core of our sound.


Elastic Funk EP (2000); Reverberating Funk (2002); Waiting For (2003); and Propeller EP (to be released late July 2005. Pick up a copy!).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Come to a show and tell us what you think we sound like, so we can answer questions like this in the future.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Being nominated for best funk/soul band in Westword for a second year in a row? Yeah! We won a free tour from MGD, all expenses paid at the Giggling Grizzly's Band on the Run competition. And we finished recording our third EP at Coupe studios in Boulder; it's our best material to date.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Any older Chili Peppers album, Parliament/Funkadelic records, Radiohead. Check out our websites if you're really interested in our multi-dimensional influences.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

We will do anything to play the funk: teaching kids to bartend to make some cash.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Manage and invest an unheard amount of bling to become a philanthropic giant like our hero George Soros. (I laugh when I think about factcheck.com). And we would set up a world tour with a bunch of great bands to promote peace and a solution to the conflict in the Middle East that we're now involved in.

Finish this sentence: "I'd rather be...

In the Fray." Oh, yeah -- that's what our old bass player said!

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

The entire cast of the Muppets.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Somewhere in Europe or Asia on a world tour.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

We're proud that 50 percent of the band is horns, but that just does not mean people can guess what kind of music we play. We are not ska, and our name is not Bob. Who is Bob, anyway?

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Andy is in with people at NARAS. Word!

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer. And no joke: Andy and Joe both bought the Blue Album the first month it came out and have been fans since.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Z-Trip. Come on. Comparing a DJ to an MC is like comparing Jenny McCarthy to Jenny Jones -- they both do completely different things. Duh!

Football or foosball?

Foosball -- just not in a stadium.

Parting shot?

Can you believe the Pepsi Center doesn't recycle? That's insane! My grandma recycles! Ridiculous!


Website: www.bornintheflood.com


Nathaniel D. Rateliff (vocals/guitar); Joseph B. Pope III (bass); Matt Fox (lead); Mike Hall (percussion).

Native or transplant?

Transplanted from the Midwest

What's in a name?

It has nothing to do with vaginal fluid. The story goes: Once upon a time, there was a flood. During this flood, a woman had a baby. Hence, Born in the Flood.

When did you form/start performing?

First formed ten years ago in Hermann, MO, as "'76 Drown," then flourished to "Born in the Flood" in Denver, 2000.


Self-titled EP (2003); The Fear That We May Not Be EP (2005, CD release Friday, July 15, at the hi-dive).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Like sounding brass, clanging of cymbals and the smashing of vessels.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Winners of the ManiaTV.com Battle of the Bands video contest for 2005 and being all-around good-time boys.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Songs of Love and Hate, The Basement Tapes (Leonard Cohen); The Band (The Band); O Mench! Gib A Cht (Mahler); OK Computer (Radiohead); Beck, all that early stuff; Loveless (My Bloody Valentine); Mercury (The Prayer Chain); the "White Album" (Beatles).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

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