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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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Please see question 10. Thank you.

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

Two truckers, one roofer and one halfway-house proctor.

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

...play music (become a recluse and never wear any clothes).

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

...shooting guns off the back of a chopper.

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

Nathaniel: the Marx Brothers; Joseph: Helen Keller; Matt: Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson as Matt Fox; Mike: Rob, aka #3 (of the Symptoms).

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Down there.

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

There are none (and let's keep it that way).

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Joseph is a monoclad; Mike can't eat cheese; Matt is actually funny; and Nathaniel does his chores in the nude.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Vol-tron.

Football or foosball?

Hide and Seek with Joe's daughter.

Parting shot?

The bitterness of man will always find weakness in the cracks of our will.

BREAK MECHANICS
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- GROUP
6 P.M., SERENGETI UPSTAIRS

Website: www.breakmechanics.net

Personnel:

Daren Hahn (drums); Greg Raymond (keys); PAAS (vocals); Lo (vocals); Casey Sidwell (bass).

Native or transplant?

Mostly native, except Greg, who is from Rhode Island, and Casey, who is from North Carolina originally.

What's in a name?

PAAS: PAAS is an acronym for Phonically Activated Amped Systems, not like "pause" as in a tape deck.

When did you form/start performing?

About two and a half years ago.

Releases/discography:

Break Mechanics.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Ourselves.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Getting to perform with KRS-One, and putting out a record that we all really stand behind as a piece of art.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

PAAS: Strictly Business (EPMD); Things Fall Apart (The Roots); and Purple Rain (Prince).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Case: James Jamerson, the Roots, Jimi, Donny Hathaway, D'Angelo, Jay Dee, P-Funk, Coltrane and KRS-One.

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

We are actually all musicians. Lo's finishing school and works as a security guard, as well.

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

Case: I'd be on the road, in Europe or Japan.

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

PAAS: Meditating.

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

PAAS: Russell Jones.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Case: On a very nice bus. I'm talking Willie Nelson-nice bus.

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

That we are something other than a hip-hop band.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

PAAS's son, Nairo Matthews, is one of the coolest kids on the planet

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Preferably neither.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer in 1994.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Both.

Football or foosball?

Football. GO, BRONCOS! Can anyone say, "Jerry Rice comeback player of the year 2005?"

Parting shot?

Case: Just because Bush won the election does not mean it's time to just lay down. The need for a strong opposition has become greater than it was before. Secondly, remember: We can still support our troops without supporting the Bush regime.

BRIGHT CHANNEL
NOMINATED IN ROCK

Website: www.flightapproved.com/brightchannel.html

Personnel:

Jeff Suthers (guitars/vocals); Brian Banks (drums); Shannon Stein (bass).

Native or transplant?

Two natives, one alien.

What's in a name?

Bright: Emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts. Channel: a path over which electrical signals can pass.

When did you form/start performing?

June 2002.

Releases/discography:

Bright Channel (2004).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Nose-diving airplanes in a thunderstorm.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We ain't done jack shit.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

EVOL (Sonic Youth); Closer (Joy Division); Loveless (My Bloody Valentine); Vortura (Bailterspace).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

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