Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: Bang Bangz

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?

Our first gig was at Mango's. It's a small venue that probably holds up to 300 people. The show was put together by Miguel from Mikey & the Drags as his big debut show. I had just started making music with Elizabeth three weeks and Vik one week prior.

We were all nervous but very happy that we had our new small project. It was insanely packed and there was a line wrapping around the front to get in there. The sound was quite awful and we had only seven tracks to play.

Our sound wasn't completely solid and polished but we had a lot of energy and soul on stage; We all clicked very well together. The show was amazing and we were very fortunate to have such a great kick-start. We've gotten unbelievable support since our first show. Never gonna forget it.

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

BB: We usually perform at Toyota Center or Woodlands Pavilion, but when all else fails we play at Fitzgeralds & Warehouse Live, haha. Fitz has always been extremely nice with us. We've never had a bad show in Houston with bad sound or audience. It's all great!

RO: How often do you play in the area?

BB: We perform once a month or sometimes less. But we've only been a band for ten months, so I think we're going to start performing more often.

RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.

Dark, electro,heavy, fun, dreamy, nostalgic-pop.

RO: How did you come up with your name?

BB: The name was composed between Mario and Elizabeth after the first couple of days of making music. Lots of fun and drunken nights. The name was perfect for our small electronic project, it had a spark embedded all over it. It also looks cool when you write it down on paper.

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

We've been really hustling and composing a fresh take on our favorite styles of music. Nominated for two awards is something we didn't expect.

In the years to come, We would like to be winning more awards, performing nationally, supporting our records and answering many more questions about how this trio came to be.

Just as we didn't expect to be opening for national and touring acts, receiving writeups and mentions every week, gaining fans from thousands of miles away, nominated for awards and many more beautiful moments is how we expect to be years from now. We want it to continue and take us onto a greater path.

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

Mario: To create the entire soundtrack to an incredible film.

Vik: Play a huge festival in the UK or U.S. and kiss Madonna at the Super Bowl Halftime show.

Elizabeth: To feel I've taken the best chances in life to be happy and to know I've inspired people along the way.

Keep tabs on Bang Bangz on their Web site, Facebook, Bandcamp and Twitter.

Bang Bangz plays the HPMA showcase 9 p.m. Sunday, August 5, at Pete's Dueling Piano Bar, 1201 Fannin.

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