Spinning Grin, SuperNauts, Slurry, Buddy Lush Phenomenon and Whet

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Spinning Grin, SuperNauts, Slurry, Buddy Lush Phenomenon and Whet

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Smith says the band was able to book its CD release party at the Grand Emporium because of its Sandstone set, which was its reward for winning the KY-sponsored Battle. "That show really opened a lot of doors for us," he says. "It made us tighter as a band, got our band known more, and created a pretty good buzz about us in the city."

That buzz might focus more on Orange Moon than on the band's live show for a while, as the SuperNauts have no solid gigs booked in the near future and are currently unavailable for weekday shows, since band members return to school this week. Nonetheless, Smith vows everybody will put in plenty of personal practice and continue to play occasional weekend shows. And Beatles fans will be delighted to learn that the SuperNauts, who are known for their eerily on-target Fab Four covers, are talking with Beatles tribute artists Liverpool about teaming up for future shows.

A little Slurry will cure what ails ya'
As devoted Simpsons fans know, the above quote comes from Monty Burns, in response to the environmentally conscious Lisa Simpson's horror when she discovers that Lil' Lisa's Slurry, the touted elixir that bears her name, is the product of countless slaughtered sea animals. The dubious substance was quite versatile, providing livestock with feed, dynamiters with extra oomph, and engines with coolant. It comes as no surprise, then, that the band that chose to name itself Slurry is an explosive, self-proclaimed "cowpunk" act or that, given how well the moniker describes the group's sludgy neo-grunge sound, its lead guitarist chose the stage name Mike Slurry.

However, Slurry wasn't Mike's first choice. The band was having such difficulty naming itself that members resorted to picking ideas out of a hat, then dropping these semifinalists into another hat and letting bass player Kurt do the final honors. Slurry beat out such contenders as How's My Driving? and several representatives from the ever-popular noun-plus-number category (10 Cent Well, Rockethouse 238). Once the hard part was out of the way, this quartet started making music.

Within five hours, Slurry had seven songs recorded and mixed, with Mike, who works as the sound man at The Bottleneck, taking advantage of that venue's facilities. Soon, Slurry procured the opening slot for some semi-big-name acts, including thrash veterans D.R.I. and platinum-selling rap/metal crew Papa Roach. For those who have missed Slurry's numerous showcases, Mike urges the curious and fans of "whatever kind of rock we are" to check the group's Web site, http://home.earthlink .net/~schmatda, for information on its upcoming gigs, and to visit http://slurry4u.iuma .com for samples of its songs. "We started up during the early '90s, when Kill Whitey and Paw were big, and we stayed in that area," Mike says, offering a description of Slurry's sound for those who are MP3 illiterate. "Big guitars -- we try not to get too whiny -- and the vocals are generally singing instead of random bellowing."

On Tuesday, August 29, Slurry warmed up for energetic stoner-rockers Fu Manchu, trash 'n' rollers Speedealer, and new-school hardcore outfit The Workhouse Movement at The Bottleneck, a potentially huge concert that offered the group another chance to get its memorable name into people's minds. "I like it," Mike concludes about the handle. "At that point, when he drew the name, I was just like, 'Whatever,' but I wanted a one-word name, and it's nice and easy to remember. Plus, our music's kinda slurry-ish. Either we've come to fit the name or the name just magically fit what we were."

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