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IN Interview: 60 Cycles of Sound

HUM TURNS TO ROAR FOR CELEBRATED PENSACOLA BAND
By Rob “Bubbs” Harris

60Cycles of Sound are far more than just a familiar name among the local rock scene. These guys have long been a mainstay in the area, due to a dedication that so few bands possess. Over the years, many hopeful groups have come and gone, but the hometown heroes known as 60 Cycles of Sound have prevailed, and on their own terms, too. Lately, things have been looking up for the guys, as they have landed some killer opening slots for some of their favorite artists, one of which will be a spot with Cracker. IN was lucky enough to sit down with vocalist/guitarist Rodney Uberroth and drummer/vocalist Ben Bogan over a couple of pints to talk about the good old days, the gift that is the present and the bright looking future, and how they have managed to survive it all.

IN: You guys have long been a fixture in the local music scene. Has it been hard to keep it all together, especially seeing as how you are an original band?
UBERROTH: Yes, it’s hard to be an original band. Luckily for us, we all found each other and are like-minded enough musically to keep things fresh and exciting within the band. Sure, there are a lot more opportunities to get out and get paid if you throw together a bunch of covers, but that isn’t what we’re about. We love to write and play our own stuff.
BOGAN: Yeah, it’s definitely harder to make money as a band when you only play originals. Also, if you’re playing locally most of the time, you have to space things out and not burn people out on you. We’re cool with only playing every month or so and having fun. If we were in it for money, we probably wouldn’t have made it as long as we have.

IN: How long have you been kicking around the local scene?
BOGAN: We’ve probably been playing shows around the area for about eight years, but we were together a while before we got out to play live. Of course, we have all played in different bands around the area. I used to play with a band called Wooden Horse back in the ‘90s, and the others come from a hodge-podge of bands.

IN: Any crazy stories from local shows?
UBERROTH: One time, we were asked to play at Seville for two sets on a weekend. We have enough original material to play for two hours, so we took the gig. We were halfway through the first set when we noticed that everyone was just kind of standing there, because they didn’t recognize the music, so they didn’t know what to do. We were all starting to get pretty nervous when out of nowhere, these street dancer guys came up to the front and started doing these really wild dance moves, spinning on their heads and stuff. They didn’t care what we were playing, as long as it had a beat. After that, we blew the roof off with the second set and everyone loved it. We owe a big thanks to those street dancer dudes. They saved our butts on that one.

IN: There seems to be a high demand for you guys lately. How have you been landing all of these cool shows?
UBERROTH: I’d like to think of it as a respect thing. We have always been very courteous and respectful to the venues we have played and the bands we have shared the stage with. This is a gift that has been given to us, and we don’t take anything for granted. We put a lot of hard work into our music and give our crowds nothing less than a great show. I think that has drawn attention from places like Vinyl Music Hall, who see how much we put into it and how much respect we pay to those that believe enough in us to give us a show.

IN: You will be opening up for Cracker on May 17. How excited are you about that?
BOGAN: That is going to be really cool. Cracker are one of those bands that may not have gotten a lot of attention, other than the single, but were an amazing band nonetheless. We all came up listening to those guys, so it’s an honor to play with them.
UBERROTH: Camper Van Beethoven are a great band as well. We’re looking forward to this a lot. I think each band on this bill has a different sort of style but match up very well. It should make for a great show.

IN: What is the glue that keeps 60 Cycles of Sound together after so many years?
BOGAN: We all kind of look at it as, if it makes money, cool. If not, cool. We love to write and record music and play live. As long as we are able to do that, we are quite content. A long time ago, we figured out that we weren’t going to be able to just hop right out there and start making loads of cash, but we still work just as hard on putting all of these things together, if not only because we enjoy it, but because our fans, who have always been so loyal and wonderful, enjoy it.
UBERROTH: It’s not that we haven’t tried to make it. There was a time when we had managers and people working for us to get us out there. We used to pound the pavement and play whenever, wherever. However, it never happened for us. But the way we look at it is, their time ran out on us. The industry changed so much, so fast. However, where so many bands use that as an excuse to break up or completely switch styles, we took it as motivation to keep doing what we love and making it on our own terms. If we are always known as the hometown band, that’s fine with us, because we have a ton of great fans here and we love them for all of the support they have given us over the years. We are passionate about our music and we pour every bit of ourselves into what we do. These guys are my best friends, and we enjoy working together to satisfy our constant hunger to create. As long as we are having fun, there will never be a reason to stop.

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CRACKER,  CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN, 60 CYCLES OF SOUND
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17
WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox
COST: $15-$20
DETAILS: vinylmusichall.com