Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: Potbelly

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?

Potbelly: Our first gig was five years ago at an old discoteca called Red Planet. The sound was awful, we were on a bill with all rappers, and there were signs on the wall that read "Please Keep Your Guns In Your Car." It was awesome.

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

Potbelly: We try to mix it up, but we've been playing at Fitzgerald's, BFE Rock Club and Scout Bar the most.

RO: How often do you play in the area?

Potbelly: We play around Houston at least a couple of times a month.

RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.

Potbelly: Magniloquent, efficacy, adroit, footlers, lazers, hot dogs, kittens.

RO: How did you come up with your name?

Potbelly: Even when I was young I always had a gut. My grandma called me her little Potbelly.

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

Potbelly: In one year, I'd like Potbelly to be earning enough money for all of our members to quit our jobs and just play music. In ten years working on our third platinum album, and in 40 years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

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

Potbelly: We'd love to play a world tour.

Stop looking at porn and check out Potbelly on their Web site, on Facebook and even iTunes.

Potbelly plays the HPMA showcase 8 p.m. Sunday, August 5, at Ben's Beans, 1302 Dallas.

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