MP3 SourBelly - WhipSnap!
Good Honest rock, not too heavy, not too light.
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ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, ROCK: Rock & Roll
Selections from an Interview:
No Need for Antacid… SourBelly is the Remedy!
By Angie Luebke
Perhaps you’ve heard of them, perhaps you’re still in the dark, bumping around lost and aimless. Let me flip the switch and shed a little light on things.
According to Rex, Lead Guitar/vox, the band SourBelly formed “a few years ago, during a guys’ weekend in 2001. Jay and I had been struggling to come up with a band name. After a hard night of binge drinking and beer olympics on our annual boys camping weekend, one of the guys woke up in the morning and indicated that he had a “sour belly”… I looked at Jay and we both knew that had to be the name.” Disregarding BassPlayer’s suggestion, “I always thought a good name for a band would be Crab Juice Band-Aid.”
But who is SourBelly, you ask? The group consists of Chad Hopfensperger (Rex) – Lead guitar/vox; Jay Uhlenbrauck – Rhythm guitar/vox; BassPlayer (simply known as BassPlayer) – Bass/vox; and Jason Hodkiewicz – Drums/vox. Their style of music is described best by BassPlayer, “I call it "Good Rock." Not too heavy, not too light, it’s just right...like Goldilocks and that porridge.” Or as Rex says, “Tough to categorize, some people call us “roots rock.” Some call us “funked up” roots rock. There’s a little bit of everything in our music. We’ve got some funk, some blues, some straight up rock, a couple heavier ones as well as some mellower tunes.”
One of my favorite questions to ask musicians is what their first cassette/CD was. Or in some cases, vinyl. Jason’s response was “The first 45 I ever had was the Hustle. I was very disappointed when my little brother broke it. Just to clarify, I was four at the time. The first album I bought was probably a Kiss album.” BassPlayer’s first cassette was a blank Memorex tape and first CD was Michael Jackson "Bad." We won’t hold that against him. Rex’s first cassette was Billy Squier’s Emotions in Motion, with his first CD being U2’s Rattle and Hum. Jay bought some used AC/DC tapes at a rummage sale when he was in grade school.
Reminiscing to first concerts, Jason’s first concert was when he saw Kiss in Green Bay; BassPlayer’s first was with his grandma to see the Statler Brothers, but the first concert of choice was Ace of Base opening for C&C Music Factory; Jay’s first was Ratt, Great White and Warrant. “Woo hoo! Rock and roll!” while Rex’s first was Great White/Whitesnake in 1987 or ‘88.
The next question I asked made it pretty obvious that a lot of the guys had the same taste in music. When I asked what 5 CD’s could they not live without (after some grumbling about only getting to pick 5), Jason decided Pink Floyd-Wish You Were Here, Ray Charles-Greatest Hits, Eagles-Greatest Hits 2, Dave Mathews-Crash, Miles Davis-Kind of Blue; Jay listed Blind Melon - Soup, Jeff Buckley - Grace, Cold Play - Parachutes, Wilco - Being There, Beatles - The White Album; Rex said Blind Melon – Blind Melon, Blind Melon – Soup, Wilco – Being There, Phish – Farmhouse, and Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti; and BassPlayer listed William Shatner - The Transformed Man, Joey Arkenstat – Bane, Do it yourself Vol. 9 - Self Hypnosis, The World According to Garp – motion picture soundtrack, and A Tribute to Kenny G –Various Artists. Can you tell which one is the rather twisted one of the bunch?
I made the mistake of asking for personal comments and several members took full advantage of it. Rex said “I like corn dogs,” BassPlayer said “Let go your ego, drink some Captain, a lot of Captain, and let your “Self” go!” and on a more serious note, Jay said “What I like most about our band is that no one is in it to become a rock star. We are four guys who genuinely love playing music. We love playing in front of people, but some of the most magical moments happen in practice when we''re all just messing around and feeding off each other''s energy. We don''t plan on going on a world tour anytime soon and that''s fine with us. As long as we can keep making music we''re all proud of and putting out good CDs, we''ll be happy. We would like to be a bigger musical presence in the Fox Valley and hopefully that will happen as more people see us. It''s just a matter of time. We are growing our fan base with every show we play and we already have the most devoted fans a local band could hope for.”
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