Bands bring all kinds of sounds to Breckenridge
Ryan Summerlin December 15, 2011
Who: Spider Murphy & The PushoversWhen: TonightWhere: Alma’s Only BarWhere’d the name come from? When Spider was 5 or 6, his banjo teacher said that his fingers look like a spider moving across the frets. The rest of us are just a bunch of pushovers. Home base: Cripple Creek Type of music: Delta blues, Americana, rockIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Like a swamp, because if you’re not careful you’ll get stuck in our dirty groove.Why do people love ya? As previously mentioned we are bunch of pushovers, and that’s why people love us.How do you keep it fresh? With many Christmas tree air fresheners.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Smuggling Jell-O shots across state lines, so the kids at the barbecue didn’t drink them.
Who: Achachay! When: Saturday (also opens for Spider Murphy at AOB tonight)Where: MotherLoaded Tavern, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? While traveling in Ecuador, lead singer Jordan Myska Allen began booking shows in Austin, Texas, and corresponding with drummer Ryan Greenblatt. Jordan came up with a huge list of names referencing sci-fi and fantasy novels, obscure poets, and esoteric religious principles. He showed the list to his sister, who declared, “These are the worst f***ing band names I’ve ever seen.” What about “Achachay?” Jordan asked. The word is slang in Ecuador, borrowed from the native language Quechua. It is an onomatopoeia that means, “Burrrr, it’s cold!” and being a native Texan, he felt a little cold in the mountainous altitudes of Quito. “Yeah, that works,” she said, and the name stuck.Home base: Austin, TexasType of music: Our own brand of funk/rock. We play unique and thoroughly booty shaking music. Who are you? We are three passionate dudes who want to participate in the world waking up to a new way of seeing and living, by transcending and including everything that’s come before us while expanding upon it. If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? We would be your favorite beer: classic in taste, nice to share with friends or to enjoy alone, and always the life of the party.Why do people love ya? People love us because we love what we do. Come to a show and you’ll feel the passion. There’s a palpable, contagious energy and up-beat attitude. People also love us because we play a kind of music that no one else does. It’s deep, spiritual, yet simultaneously practical and fun. We’ll sing about the psychological underpinnings of the quintessential “player,” a guy who’s just out for one-night stands, while playing a drinking game with the crowd. How do you keep it fresh? By continually writing new music and working to improve ourselves as musicians and as people in general. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? The band took a guided tour in Arches National Park while two-thirds of us were on hallucinogens. I don’t know if you can print that, but it was pretty crazy and really, really funny. If you can imagine 20 elderly people, a 22-year-old park ranger, and two long-hairs with beards plus their wily side-kick who was continually taking panoramic pictures, you can imagine why it was so funny.
Who: Ground UpWhen: Saturday Where: Gold Pan, BreckenridgeWhere did the name come from? Dave Halchak, on vocals and guitars, had a huge list of names that he and some of his friends had come up with. One day at practice he pulled the list out and started rambling them off. We’d been going by Dave Halchak and Friends for a couple of months, and we were all ready to have something that seemed more like a band name than just a bunch of guys playing music together every now and then. Anyway, he eventually listed Ground Up, and we all kind of looked around at one another with an approving look, if I remember correctly. Since then that’s what we’ve gone with.Home base: DenverType of music: We play a little bit of everything from rock, reggae, bluegrass, blues and funk and disco. You could probably label us a bit of a jamband if labels are what you’re into. We try to make each night different in order to keep things exciting and real for both the audience and ourselves.If the music were a tangible item, what would it be, why? Maybe a pair of old shoes. We’ve been playing together long enough now that we’re getting pretty “worn in.” We’ve still got quite a way to go in them, but those shoes are starting to get a pretty funky smell.Why do people love ya? We make each show as high energy and unique as we can. We all love what we’re doing. Trying new ideas, parts, styles and songs gives us an opportunity to step out of the box and make it interesting for ourselves as well as the audience. We play as much off the crowd as we do one another – hopefully everybody who comes to see Ground Up feelslike they’re a part of the show as well – at least as much as they want to be.How do you keep it fresh? We all love what we do, pulling in new material, as well as attempting to go in different directionswith the older stuff really helps to keep it moving forward. Playing all over the state helps with that also. It’s a lot of fun to get out in front of different crowds in strange new venues and towns.Weirdest, strangest thing you’ve ever done? There have been a lot over the last couple of years. Probably the one that sticks out the most involved getting stranded in Leadville on our way to play in Vail due to an I-70 snow closure. We ended up walking around town asking if we could play at every bar until we found a place that would have us. We had a great time that night. There was a guy in these huge steel toed boots screaming metal songs at us to the point that it became uncomfortable, a claw crane vending machine full of adult gifts, and that’s not even mentioning most of the patrons. There was a dude named Billiam, a guy who slept in the corner all night, and another whose eyes seemed to sit at different levels on his face, to mention a few. Anyway, we had a great time up there. We were treated really well and ended up with a fairly regular gig out of it for awhile too.
Who: Prime ElementWhen: SaturdayWhere: three20south, BreckenridgeWhere’d the name come from? We wanted a name with meaning that matched the music- traditional, yet ready for the world and up to par: Prime Element.Home base: DenverType of music: Classic boom-bap and underground hip-hopIf your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? It would be a record, to be played over and over again. Why do people love ya? We have a live show and love to interact with the crowd. Plus they love our soulful hard-hitting beats and DJ Cysko Rokwel’s battle routines.How do you keep it fresh? New music all the time. In today’s industry, artists have to stay timeless.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? We haven’t done anything crazy or weird, but we have toured with some of the best in the industry. Seen a lot of people and performed in a bunch of cities.
Who: ill-Mannered When: Monday Where: three20south, Breckenridge Where’d the name come from? Philly, New York, Atlanta Home base: Fort Collins and BoulderType of music: Electronic If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? Any individual acting how THEY want to act rather than abiding by all the BS social expectations society has set for them. If people could really be at peace with their inner-beast, the world would not be full of insecure manipulators, and there would be A LOT more AWESOME people who truly had something to offer the world. Why do people love ya? ill-Mannered seeks inspiration from many styles of music, so when we regurgitate these elements with a danceable, electronic twist, we have a very unique sound that really has been setting us apart in the electronic scene. It’s very sectional and musical with lots of impact/changes. It’s not just the same groove for 6 minutes and then on to the next track. We have had a tremendous initial response mainly because of this and our rowdy live performances. Plus, all of our tunes are 100 percent original. We don’t just take snippets from other people’s hits and mash them together (which is a very popular theme in electronic music today). We write every note of every song. How do you keep it fresh? Pimpin’ ain’t easy, but it sure is fun! We never want to sound the same, so ill-Mannered strives to push our live show to the max. We spend a good amount of time in pre-production for each show so that our set fluctuates nightly while always pushing the limits of how much energy we can feed the crowd through our music (and then reciprocate back to them). To us, this is what matters the most. It’s also how we keep the fans we make. We are always trying to give them our unique and twisted perception of what we think they want to hear. They are what it’s all about at the end of the day.What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Hearing about people moving away from Colorado. Best place on earth! And we rep it HARD no matter where we go!