To say this has been a year of momentum for local alt-rock band The Epilogues would be an understatement. After placing in the Top 3 in Channel 93.3’s Hometown for the Holidays competition in 2008, they returned to win the competition in 2009…and their momentum has only increased from there. After playing the Westword Music Showcase in June, they won in the voters’ poll, earning them a spot at Denver’s biggest annual music event, the Mile High Music Festival. After their set, drummer Jason Hoke and keyboardist Nate Hammond were good enough to chat with us for a few minutes. Here is a short excerpt from the conversation.
Examiner: How was your experience playing Mile High?
Jason: Amazing. It might be the top experience we’ve had so far. Everyone here is extremely professional, they know exactly what they’re doing. I’ve never seen a festival run so smoothly.
Nate: Definitely number one in my book right now.
Examiner: How would you describe yourselves as a band, not in terms of genre but of purpose. What are you guys about?
Jason: First of all, I think the best way I’ve heard it put is that the four of us kind of suck at life as individuals, [laughter] but when you put the four of us together, we kind of make one well-rounded individual. I think that shows through in our band a lot, too. We all come together and it works.
Nathan: It’s like we’re all married–it’s all of the marriage and none of the sex. [laughter] We all live together–we’ve lived with each other since ’06, and it’s like a band of brothers. We’ve been in fist-fights, made each other bleed, we’ve been at each other’s throats, but we all know that at the end of the day there’s love, and there’s a mutual respect, and we’re all going for the same thing.
Examiner: Now…you all are here [at Mile High] because you won at the Westword Music Showcase, right?
Nate: Yeah, Westword had the poll where you could write in a band, and they wrote us in enough times.
Jason: Yeah, we owe it to all our fans and everyone who listened to us…We can’t even take credit for being here really, because it really came down to our fans voting for us and giving us this slot. It’s been a good year for us as far as those competitions go. After Hometown for the Holidays, we also did Best of the West, which is a Westword-sponsored event also, and we won that. And that actually got us some free recording time, and a chance to play Red Rocks–we played Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks, which was amazing. And after that, we officially retired from competition–we’re no longer doing battle-of-the-bands type things. Obviously Westword automatically puts you into the ballot for stuff like that–we’re humbled by that, we will keep doing that–but no more battle-of-the-bands, we’re retired from that.
Examiner: What’s on the horizon for you guys?
Jason: We filmed a video in April, and we’re releasing it finally September 4 at Summit Music Hall in Denver. And after that we’re gonna be touring for an entire month in October. We’re heading all the way out to New York, everywhere on the east coast, dip down through the South–we’ve actually never toured the South–and sometime in that time we’re also gonna be writing the rest of our album, and finishing up recording, and the album should be released in spring of next year.
Nate: Hopefully by the time SXSW comes around.
Jason: Yeah, hopefully by March, because then we’re gonna have to hit the road again and go to SXSW.
Below is a teaser for The Epilogues’ upcoming music video, to be released with a concert at Summit Music Hall on Sept. 4.
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