Meet the 2012 HPMA Nominees: Beetle

Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back.

Catch up with the other showcase nominees and see the rest of our HPMA coverage

Rocks Off: When and where was your first gig in Houston, and how did it go?

Beetle: Our first gig was on a Tuesday night at the Continental Club in 2002 as a three-piece. The gig was pretty rough and probably didn't sound that great, but people were supportive and excited about it.

RO: What Houston-area venues do you play most often?

B: The Continental.

RO: How often do you play in the area?

B: Every Thursday.

RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.

B: Beatles in a club setting.

RO: How did you come up with your name?

B: We're good spellers.

RO: Where would you like yourself or your band to be in one year? Ten years? Forty?

We really enjoy playing Thursdays and don't have any intentions of quitting in the foreseeable future. We really just hope to keep making the show better and keep adding more songs until we know them all (or as close as we can get) to keep the show interesting for us and the audience.

We already have twice as much music as we can play in one night, which helps in that department.

RO: What is one thing you'd like to do (as a musician) before you pack it in?

I [Paul Beebe] personally would lie to have more success as a songwriter. I've had some good placements of songs in the past and would like to have a lot more of that. That and to become a monstrous rock star.

Twist and shout with Beetle on their Web site and Facebook. That's it.

Beetle plays the HPMA showcase 9 p.m. Sunday, August 5, at The Dirt, 1209 Caroline.

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