Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: Glasnost

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.

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

Glasnost: Our first gig was at Notsuoh downtown. We rented an industrial-strength smoke machine and filled up the room. It looked like a Def Leppard concert.

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

G: Nowadays, I'd have to say Fitzgerald's.

RO: How often do you play in the area?

G: It used to be at least once a month, but we've been focusing a lot on our next album, so the past year it's only been about once every two months.

RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.

G: Liquid-jukebox-retro-futuristic-synth-pop-disco-punk.

RO: How did you come up with your name?

G: Glasnost is a Russian term that was popularized in the '80s. Dan and I speak fluent Russian and we have a sorta-retro sound, so it seemed a good moniker for us joining forces.

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

G: One year? We're hoping to get booked for a show on the escape pod that's leaving Earth after the Mayan armageddon. Ten or forty years? We'll be making dance music for the people on our new home planet.

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

G: Open for the Mighty Boosh.

See more about Glasnost on their Web site, Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Sonicbids.

Glasnost plays the HPMA showcase 5 p.m. Sunday, August 5 at House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room.

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