Colorado trio brings ‘sex rock’ to Summit County
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Summit County, Colorado
Two of the musicians are classically trained, but the sound, as fans call it, is “sex rock.”
The Denver trio Meniskus performs Thursday at The Dam Brewery in Dillon and Friday at Motherloaded in Breckenridge.
The unique dynamic of the band starts with a violin and a nylon-stringed guitar ” both enhanced by a barrage of effects ” and gets driven by an arsenal of percussion. The band describes its sound as “rock nouveau,” but whatever you call it, it’s a high energy sound that drives people to dance.
While drummer, keyboardist and vocalist Chris Wright and violinist and lead vocalist Eric Ostberg were classically trained, Bryan Bardusco on guitar and percussion grew up in Venezuela and is self-taught. Each weaves his own musical personality into the sound, which is heavily influenced by popular rock, Latin rhythms and European techno house music.
They describe themselves as a “shot of really good tequila,” Ostberg said. “It sounds scary at first, but it winds up feeling really good, and going down nice and easy. And if you have enough of either, you’ll probably wind up naked.”
Audiences love the band because of its unique sound.
“Nobody expects a band with a violin and classical guitar to pack bodies on the dance floor,” said Eric Singer, manager. “They make new fans at every show, and the old ones keep coming back as the music evolves. It’s never the same show twice.”
The band’s huge library of original tunes sometimes means that Wright adds a synthesizer while playing one-handed drums, or Bardusco trades in his guitar for a bass.
And, with such a unique sound, one would expect nothing less than a bizarre name: Meniskus.
“One day Bardusco (guitarist) and I were admiring the fact that the margaritas we’d ordered were so full that the liquid was actually higher than the sides of the glass,” Wright said. “One of us remembered the term from high school chemistry. We gave it the German spelling for no apparent reason, and Meniskus was born.”
Wright said every time the band comes to Summit County, “something completely insane occurs. Can’t wait to see what happens this time!”
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