Breckenridge brings on the noize
BRECKENRIDGE – You’ll either love ’em or hate ’em, but you definitely can’t ignore ’em.The Phunk Junkeez, one of the first bands to throw down rocking rap in 1991, headline the Suburban Noize Tour at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge tonight.”We’re definitely hyper,” said vocalist Joe Valiente. “You’ll see everything from slam-dancing to break-dancing.”It’s mostly a fun vibe. It’s not too aggressive. We’re not gonna get on stage and scream at you. We may have you up dancing on the tables on stage (though).”Interscope released the Phunk Junkeez’s first major album, “Injected,” in 1995. The band went on to score a song in the movie “Tommy Boy” with “Love It Loud.”Then the Junkeez moved to a smaller label, Suburban Noize, which hosts a handful of bands, to have more control over marketing.The Suburban Noize Tour assaults the country this month, beginning with shows at the Bluebird in Denver last Sunday, Colorado Springs last Tuesday, Breckenridge tonight, then shooting out to the Midwest and both coasts. After a two-day rest, the tour hits Japan for 10 days.”Breckenridge is always a killer town,” Valiente said. “It’s a good, local, feel-good vibe.”The Junkeez began creating a buzz in the early 1990s by buying a few kegs of beer, breaking into a warehouse and playing until the police came.”We would fire off another song and then bolt out the back door,” Valiente said. “Our friends would run out the front, and we’d meet up later at Burger King and collect our money.”The nonconformists soon became an underground phenomenon, fusing funk, punk, trip-hop and rock.”We stay true to party rap,” he said. “We don’t practice. We’re just like a jam band. We just get up and throw it down. We don’t take it too serious. We like to have fun. We’re the kind of band that buys the crowd drinks. We’re a beer-drinking, good-time party.”The party starts at about 9 p.m. today at Sherpa’s. St. Dogg, Big B (of OPM) and Last Laugh open for the Junkeez.-Kimberly NicolettiKimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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