Growing up in Fort Collins, Nick Jones was surrounded by music.
About two years ago while still in high school, Jones created the local band, Thrifty Astronaut, and has been playing music ever since. Jones was the solo member of the band, using a drum machine and toy keyboards as back up until drummer Sean Speer joined him about a month ago.
Jones graduated from Rocky Mountain High School this past May and plans to go to the University of Denver to major in international studies. This complicates matters, though, for a young musician.
Speer, who also graduated from Rocky Mountain, plans to stay in Fort Collins for school, possibly at Front Range.
â€œWeâ€™re going to turn it away for a little while when heâ€™s off in college, and we plan on next summer to pick it back up and take it on the road,â€ Speer said.
When Jones was still solo, he went on tour with Otem Rellik and Galaxies across Colorado, Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.
But together, he and Speer have played live only in Colorado. Their plans are to travel out of state for their next tour, with hopes of playing in Chicago.
The Fort Collins local music scene is widely known, which sometimes creates a challenge for new artists. According to Jones, the challenge is to make music stand out, but being in Fort Collins opens up possibilities of new sound and shows.
â€œBecause Iâ€™ve lived here my whole life, the Fort Collins personality has really been ingrained into my music,â€ Jones said.
Jones grew up in a very musical environment. His parents, both CSU alumni, were in bands and kept a lot of instruments in the house. They have become one of the bandâ€™s main supporters.
â€œWhen heâ€™s in school, heâ€™s very present and I think he takes that same degree of presence into music and really everything he does,â€ said his mother, Kathleen.
Thrify Astronautâ€™s albums demonstrate their unique sound, which Jones crafted during his solo career.
â€œBecause he worked so independently, he found this sound that is distinctly his,â€ she said.
The band currently has three albums, including â€œIntroducing Thrifty Astronaut,â€ â€œCaffeine Heartacheâ€ and its follow up, â€œApple-Eaters.â€ They are all available at thriftyastronaut.bandcamp.com. Their next show is this Saturday at the Rock N Soul CafÃ© in Boulder.
Collegian writer Lianna Salva can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Band: Thrifty Astronaut
Genre: Shoegaze/ Lo-fi pop
Band Members: Nick Jones (singer), Sean Speer (drummer)
Albums: â€œIntroducing Thrifty Astronaut,â€ â€œCaffeine Heartacheâ€ and â€œApple-Eatersâ€
Next show: Saturday at the Rock N Soul CafÃ© in Boulder.
More information: thriftyastronaut.bandcamp.com.