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.
Rocks Off: When and where was your first gig in Houston, and how did it go?
Electric Attitude: We played our first gig to a packed house at AvantGarden back in 2007. We were a trio back then, but we ended up being a two-piece that night because our drummer took a bad hit of acid the night before and refused to leave his apartment. Needless to say we now have a much more reliable drummer in Michael, and we are proud of his individual HPMA nomination.
RO: What Houston-area venues do you play most often?
EA: Over the last year we've been lucky enough to play the House of Blues on a regular basis. Whether it be opening for a national act on the main stage, or playing with regional and local bands in the Bronze Peacock Room, it's always a party. We're actually really excited to play there again on the Crossroads Stage for the showcase.
Other spots we frequent are Fitzgerald's, Rudyard's, and The Studio at Warehouse Live. The beauty of playing these venues is that we've had the opportunity to share the stage with such diverse acts ranging from The Pharcyde and 100 Monkeys to The Octopus Project and Bonobo. Gotta love Houston.
RO: How often do you play in the area?
EA: It depends, but we usually play two or three times per month.
RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.
EA: Funk-rock with elements of soul and disco.
RO: How did you come up with your name?
EA: One of the first songs our lead singer ever wrote was about a girl at a party who "moves into the room with an electric attitude." The lyric always stuck with us and we felt it pretty much described our sound, so we went with it.
RO: Where would you like yourself or your band to be in one year? Ten years? Forty?
EA: One year: On the road touring in support of our upcoming LP, Skintight & Solid Gold. Look for its release this winter. Ten Years: Taking our show around the world, cracking jokes on each other and still making music. Hopefully we'll have a few albums under our belt and be successful enough in our artistic endeavors to comfortably provide for our families.
Forty Years: Alive!
RO: What is one thing you'd like to do (as a musician) before you pack it in?
EA: We would like to curate an "All Tomorrow's Parties" event. Handpicking our favorite bands to play a festival alongside us would be amazing.
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Electric Attitude plays the HPMA showcase 5 p.m. Sunday, August 5 at the House of Blues Crossroads Stage (downstairs).