From ‘Kashmir’ to Kris Kross
Genre lines mean little to Something Underground
October 19, 2007
Steamboat Springs — Denver rock band Something Underground doesn’t like to make set lists, because they don’t like to be nailed down – as a rock band, a funk band or anything else.
Instead, led by brothers Seth and Josh Larson, the trio uses its knack for tuneful harmonies to catch listeners’ ears and gets crowds moving.
On Friday and Saturday, the group will perform at The Tugboat Grill & Pub. Over the phone, the Larson brothers talked with 4 Points about the band’s original songs, working harmonies and how, if you think about it, Led Zeppelin and early 1990s kid-rap have enough in common to be in the same medley.
4 Points: What can people expect from your shows this weekend?
Something Underground: Rock ‘n’ roll is a good way to put it, but high energy, lots of diversity, lots of harmony, rhythms and beats.
4 Points: What kind of diversity?
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SU: We don’t ever prepare with a set list. We have a very wide array of cover songs and originals that we do that kind of span all the sorts of styles or music, anything from Al Green to Led Zeppelin and everything in between.
4 Points: Why don’t you do set lists? Just so you don’t feel nailed down on what to play?
SU: Yes. We like to go in fresh to every room and basically kind of figure out what people want, and just kind of go with the flow I guess.
4 Points: Can you describe what your originals are like?
SU: They’re anything from a catchy rock tune to a ballad to a swing tune, to even reggae style. And we bounce all over the place with what we write, because we really like a bunch of different styles of music.
4 Points: Do you do that all in one song, or from tune to tune?
SU: We’re pretty well known with doing all sorts of things with one song. For example we play “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin, and then we mix into it a Kris Kross song, and then we mix in Tool, all within the boundaries of ‘Kashmir.’
4 Points: Wait, Kris Kross, like, the early ’90s hip hop kids who wore their pants backwards?
SU: Yes. We also do ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes and within that we play a Jimi Hendrix song.
We have fun, that’s another thing people can expect. It’s just a general sense of well-being.
4 Points: So since you guys cover so many styles, can you give me five or so bands that people might be able to latch onto, that maybe influence you or that you get compared to?
SU: The Police, Sublime, The Beach Boys, Lenny Kravitz. And, in a way, Indigo Girls.
4 Points: In what way?
SU: In that harmonizing is the thing that we’re most well known for. Since we’re brothers and we’ve been singing together since we were born, it’s what we do best, we take songs that don’t have harmonies and add them in.
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