In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.
To which member are we speaking? This is Steve [Wells] and Jake [Harris].
What are you nominated for? Best Local Music Video ["I Saw You Dancing"].
Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. Steve Wells, keyboards, guitar, vocals; Kenny Hopkins, keyboards, guitar, vocals; Jake Harris, bass, Randy Hopkins, drums.
Describe your band in four to seven words. Buncha guy friends forever playing together.
Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? We really don't have an answer for that. I will, however, say that Yes is one of our all-time favorite bands.
What recordings (if any) do you have readily available? We currently have two releases, an EP called It Comes Electric and our recent full-length Actual Magic. Both can be purchased at our Web site or at local stores like Cactus and Sig's Lagoon.
Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? When and what for? No.
Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? We perform pretty regularly in Houston, usually at venues like Walters and Fitzgerald's, in addition to the occasional party show at House of Creeps or The Doctor's Office.
What is the next step for you and/or your band? We are excited to say that we will be releasing our very first 7-inch vinyl in October! We actually just released one of the songs, "Ourselves Together," which was recorded during SXSW for the Converse Rubber Tracks series. You can download, watch the making of, and pre-order the vinyl over at featherface.com.
Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." Houston music is really something!
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