Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: Free Radicals

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?

Free Radicals: Not sure what the first one was, but our 24 hour concert was a milestone event, when Free Radicals played without stopping for a second on November 21-22, 1999 at noon, to raise money for Kid Care.

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

FR: AvantGarden, Dean's, Notsuoh, Last Concert.

RO: How often do you play in the area?

FR: Twice per week.

RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.

FR: Funk, jazz, ska, klezmer, Latin, African-influenced originals.

RO: How did you come up with your name?

FR: The mass ingestion of anti-oxidants does not prevent cancer! Free Radicals were getting a bad rep and we stepped in to defend them.

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

FR: Playing for the united earth people of Freedonia.

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

FR: Play a divorce party.

See more with Free Radicals on their Web site and Facebook.

Free Radicals play the HPMA showcase 9 p.m. Sunday, August 5, at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge.

Follow Rocks Off on Facebook and on Twitter at @HPRocksOff.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
Contact: Chris Gray