Amputators cut debut CD |

Amputators cut debut CD

Local rock band plays release show today at Tap House

Margaret Hair
Fort Collins band Good Gravy uses two drummers and an electric mandolin to push its bluegrass roots to new musical horizons. The band plays Saturday at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.

— One look at the track listing for the Amputators’ self-titled CD debut should tell you something about these guys: They are not out to impress you.

Song titles such as “Conjugal Visit,” “Ampulove” and “Lord of the Tards” immediately put the local rock band out of the running for having made a serious record and right into the race for having made a funny, slightly unnerving one.

Good thing that was the goal.

Keith Thibodeau (vocals, harmonica), Wes Fout (guitar), Noah LePlante (bass) and Pete Owen (drums) recorded the album at Denver’s UnEven Studios in three days this July, taking advantage of the studio’s comfortable feel to produce a barebones, clean album of blues-influenced hard rock.

Mastering on the CD wrapped up just in time for the band to take it on a two-week, four-stop East Coast tour in October. The Amputators unveil the record in Steamboat Springs with a CD release party today at The Tap House. Denver punk rock band Holley 750, who the Amputators discovered online and thought sounded similar to them, open the set.

Thibodeau and Fout talked with 4 Points about why they love their new CD, why they’re glad it’s not serious, and why their band members get along so well.

4 POINTS: How do you think your CD turned out?

KEITH THIBODEAU: It’s a good, solid record. There are nine originals and one cover, and all the originals are pretty different. I feel like we have a good, solid spectrum.

WES FOUT: Compared to other bands I’ve been in, when you record a CD and then you can’t stop listening to it, because it’s your own music. It’s weird.

KT: It’s been kind of an obsession.

WF: When you hear it back, it’s like, ‘How did I make that?’ : Even songs that I didn’t like when we played them, now I like them.

4 POINTS: What do you like so much about it?

KT: Just the attitude of it, really. It’s fun.

WF: That’s a huge thing with this band. Every one of us has been in serious bands, and it just starts to drag on you. But this is just fun.

KT: And we genuinely enjoy each other’s company.

WF: It’s kind of an odd thing, for the four of us to have found each other in Steamboat.

KT: It’s not a common music in general, at least around here. But we all snowboard together and hang out on weekends and go to each other’s parties. : I think that helps with every aspect of being in a band. The relationship with three different people, and the way you communicate and get things done and compromise, it just adds up to the finished product.

4 POINTS: Does that come out in your music, with it being focused on fun?

KT: It’s not too serious. It’s not, ‘Listen to my problems.’

WF: It’s a joke, really. It’s all a joke.

KT: It’s stuff that makes us laugh, and the music is the same way. It’s not all droned-out serious, and it’s not all thrash. It’s just rock ‘n’ roll.

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