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Interstate Stash Express plays two nights at the pub

Boulder-area band gets double billing at OTP this weekend

Lyons jam band Interstate Stash Express plays today and Saturday at Old Town Pub.
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Influences

A few of Interstate Stash Express' influences, explained by band members Thom McKee (drums), James Smith (bass) and Terry Kishiyama (guitar):

¤ Rivers: Our rehearsal space is a work shed on the St. Vrain River up by Lyons. It soothes our soul to listen to it roll.

¤ Shel Silverstein: His lyrics, books and poetry keep us young at heart even when the gray hairs keep showing up.

¤ Good ol' boys: You know, the dudes who just keep on keeping on; no matter what, they don't get caught up in trends or neo-style. Good ol' boys who know the key to life is to enjoy.

¤ Open minds: Come on folks don't be a chicken, try something new - like some Interstate Stash Express on your plate.

¤ Burritos: They're quick and easy, especially if your know how to roll them.

¤ Cold beer: Guinness off the tap, Smithwick's out of a bottle, Dale's Pale Ale straight out of the can.

¤ Warm women: Alley Cat, Jenny Jen and Shelly Shell.

¤ Sleep deprivation: Waking up before you get to sleep can lead to some out-there ideas, if you've got enough coffee to keep your head from dragging on the floor.

¤ Dorothy, Big Yella, The Yellow Submarine: Our beast of a van, a GMC Rally that chews up the highway, gets us to the shows on time and can sleep about 15 people comfortably.

Influences

A few of Interstate Stash Express’ influences, explained by band members Thom McKee (drums), James Smith (bass) and Terry Kishiyama (guitar):

¤ Rivers: Our rehearsal space is a work shed on the St. Vrain River up by Lyons. It soothes our soul to listen to it roll.

¤ Shel Silverstein: His lyrics, books and poetry keep us young at heart even when the gray hairs keep showing up.



¤ Good ol’ boys: You know, the dudes who just keep on keeping on; no matter what, they don’t get caught up in trends or neo-style. Good ol’ boys who know the key to life is to enjoy.

¤ Open minds: Come on folks don’t be a chicken, try something new – like some Interstate Stash Express on your plate.



¤ Burritos: They’re quick and easy, especially if your know how to roll them.

¤ Cold beer: Guinness off the tap, Smithwick’s out of a bottle, Dale’s Pale Ale straight out of the can.

¤ Warm women: Alley Cat, Jenny Jen and Shelly Shell.

¤ Sleep deprivation: Waking up before you get to sleep can lead to some out-there ideas, if you’ve got enough coffee to keep your head from dragging on the floor.

¤ Dorothy, Big Yella, The Yellow Submarine: Our beast of a van, a GMC Rally that chews up the highway, gets us to the shows on time and can sleep about 15 people comfortably.

Boulder-area rock band Interstate Stash Express doesn’t mind doing things the way they might have been done 15 years ago.

Before online promotion blitzes, before low-key independent rock bands, before wide-reaching national tours or digitally corrected vocals or anything else that might require a rock band to have more members than can fit in a dirty van.

Based in Lyons, Interstate Stash Express plays rambling rock songs with a power-trio setup: Thom McKee on drums, James Smith on bass and Terry Kishiyama on guitar.

Songs such as “Catch a Trout” and “Village Bicycle” get by on solid guitar solos, topics anyone can relate to and a readiness to open everything up to jamming.

The band plays today and Saturday at the Old Town Pub, making Interstate Stash Express the first group to do a two-night stint at the venue.

Band members McKee, Smith and Kishiyama compiled a short list of people, places and things that have influenced their open-minded rock sound – open-mindedness is fittingly listed at No. 4.

From cold drinks to rehearsing by the river, Interstate Stash Express makes basic rock music shaped by the basics in life.


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