Freakin' Halloweekend V profile: The Choons as The Strokes
Post by dane101 on 10/26/2011 2:04pm
Next weekend dane101 and the High Noon Saloon the fifth annual Freakin' Halloweekend. This weekend-long event has become one of the most popular Halloween party destinations in the city with consistent Saturday night sell-outs three years straight. Each night features a costume contest and this year we're upping the ante by offering a $300 cash prize for best costume each night. The cover is $8 in advance if you purchase tickets through the High Noon's website (Friday and Saturday) and $10 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. each night with bands starting at 8 p.m. Over the next 10 days we'll be profiling the bands that will be performing at Freakin' Halloweekend. More details including band set times for Friday here and for Saturday here.
Name of Your Tribute Band: Venison
What band are you performing as for Dane101’s Freakin’ Halloweekend? The Strokes
Who are your members in your band and are they in other local Madison bands? If so, what are they? Tommy Shears (The Choons, The Living Statues), John Sprangers (The Choons), Ryan Lammey (Butt Funnel), Peter Rauschenberg (The Choons), Ryan Hanke (The Choons).
When you were younger (or heck, even now), what band/musician did you want to be when you grew up? Collectively we look up to The Strokes. The garage rock revival of Is This It and the other early Strokes albums were released in our impressionable teen years. It was a breath of fresh air at the time and made playing guitar and rock cool again. The world needed another Beatles or Zeppelin, and The Strokes were the next closest thing. The Strokes also had the cool factor. They had style and a carefree attitude that made them easy to look up to.
What do you think the band you are acknowledging would think if they saw you? Would they be flattered? Outraged? Impressed? They might feel creeped out, like they were looking into a mirror. Tommy does a pretty uncanny Julian Casablancas with both his voice and appearance. We try to play all the parts to a tee, solos and all, and think we put on a complete performance.
Are you dressing up as the band? We are donning the appropriate v-necks, leather, ties, and swagger. Ryan L will try to hide his enormous red beard.
What other band playing at Dane 101's FHW are you most excited about seeing? There are a lot of great acts, but we are especially excited to see the Black Crowes band on Friday.
What experience do you want the audience to take away from your show? We want to evoke nostalgia, like the other cover acts. The Strokes had hits that a lot of people grew up with and will remember. Hopefully the audience comes away feeling like they saw The Strokes in their prime.