Ska, rock and reggae in the spotlight
KEYSTONE – If not for the background story that named the band, 12 Cents for Marvin would have a typical formation tale. A group of friends from college – Colorado State University in this case – gets together and starts to play music to have some fun.According to lead vocalist Tom Werge, the members of the so far-unnamed band were walking through the 16th Street Mall in Denver when they bumped into a curious character. “A man was yelling, telling us to get out of the street or a car would hit us,” Werge said. “Then, he asked for 12 cents as a favor.” The man’s name was Marvin, and just like that they found a name for the newborn band. Almost ten years later, the group has released its fourth album, “Change.”
“It was named to try and say the band is becoming something. We are different from the beginning,” Werge explained. The fresh recording contains 20 new songs. Werge said they wanted the album to have ton of material because it’s been five years since the last CD. “We were so proud of the way it turned out, we didn’t want to take anything away from it,” he said. The last song written for the album is the first one the band is promoting on the radios. For the lead singer, “One by One” is the track that best defines the group for bringing in a reggae feel, while keeping true to the ska and rock that created the band’s identity. “It’s not like we try to create a new style, but we don’t do the kind of music you hear every day. We’ve been influenced by ska, rock and reggae artists, and in the new album you can notice a little of funk and Latin rhythms as well,” he said.This weekend, 12 Cents for Marvin will be taking their tunes to the Goat in Keystone.
“We’ve played in Summit County for the last four or five seasons. We’re always really well received,” he said.Besides their own music, Werge – who plays trumpet as well – will join Hilary Spriggs on bass, Nik Levinsky on guitar, Soren Daugaard on drums, Aaron Spriggs on theramin, Greta Cornett on trumpet and John Giordanengo on trombone for some covers of The Specials, Peter Tosh and The Kinks. Werge also said that for the Keystone concert, the band will be playing with the saxophonist Dave Clapsaddle, a friend from college who may become a new member of 12 Cents. For the past two years, the band has been focused on performing only in the Colorado region. According to Werge, the new recording won’t change that. They want to promote the album all over the state before touring the country. “The reason every single person is in the band, is the love and fun we get out of it,” he said. “So, we want to focus on live shows and get lots of fun. Eventually, in two years, we may go out to the road again.”
Live Music• What: 12 Cents for Marvin• When: Tonight and Saturday• Where: The Goat, Keystone
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