*Editorâ€™s note: The Friday Q&A will run Fridays in the Collegian, often in conjunction with the 90.5 KCSU-FM show â€œLoco Local,â€ which airs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.
Paean (PAY-in) is a Fort Collins band that formed in July 2007. The bandâ€™s first full-length album, â€œSongs For Us To Sing,â€ drops tonight at their CD release party at Hodiâ€™s Half Note. Show starts at 8 p.m.
I sat down with the band earlier this week for a cup of coffee and some interesting chatter. Hereâ€™s what they said:
Q: Who is Paean?
A: Jonathan Alonzo, guitar, piano, bass and drums; Aaron Landgraf, bass and guitar; Dave Maddocks, guitar, vocals and banjo; Tim Maddocks, drums and trumpet; Anna Maddocks, violin and vocals; and Marty Albertz, guitar and drums.
Q: How long has Paean been together?
A: July 2007. Jonathan: â€œEver since then, (Paean) has been our group of friends and our band.â€
Q: What music genre is Paean?
A: Aaron: â€œTropicalâ€
Jonathan: â€œEpic-rock. It sounds pretentious, but itâ€™s the only way to describe it.â€
Tim: â€œDave once said he starts out every song as a country song.â€
Dave: â€œEveryoneâ€™s coming from a different direction.â€
Q: How do you write songs?
A: Dave: â€œOnce I have a song, Iâ€™ll bring it to the table, and it will change drastically.â€
Q: Whatâ€™s the craziest thing thatâ€™s happened to you on tour?
A: Dave: â€œWhat was Indianapolis? David in Indianapolis?â€
While on tour, the band ran into an interesting audience member who attempted, and failed, to play tambourine on stage during their set in Indiana.
Jonathon: â€œHe marched up to my side of the stage and started rocking the tambourine. â€¦ Having someone jump up on stage and play with you â€¦â€
Tim: â€œâ€¦ and f*** it up â€¦â€
Jonathon: â€œâ€¦ it was quite a sight.â€
Q: While on tour, who smells?
A: Jonathan: â€œMe, Tim and Marty. â€¦ Showers, they happen, but on tour, thereâ€™s really no point.â€
Q: Whatâ€™s the weirdest thing someoneâ€™s written about you?
A: Dave: â€œWe do potlucks and not heroin.â€
Incidentally, the band does do potlucks, and they do not do heroin.
For more information about Paean, visit their Web site http://www.myspace.com/paeanco.
Entertainment Editor Johnny Hart can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.