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A Halloween punk show

Margaret Hair

Steamboat Springs — Members of The Plagiarists and Amputators use the same word – “starving” – to describe the appetite for loud, fast music in Steamboat Springs. — Members of The Plagiarists and Amputators use the same word – “starving” – to describe the appetite for loud, fast music in Steamboat Springs.

— Members of The Plagiarists and Amputators use the same word – “starving” – to describe the appetite for loud, fast music in Steamboat Springs.

“I think people are starving for it really. I know I was before I formed this band,” said Amputators frontman Keith Thibodeau.

“They’re literally starved for options, pent up,” said Plagiarists guitarist Sam Gordon. “And for the first couple of years, we were definitely the only game in town.”

The Plagiarists’ famously out-of-hand Halloween punk show returns to the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant at 10 p.m. Saturday.

The band is joined on the earplugs-needed front by the Amputators, whose members describe themselves as “heavy Black Sabbath” – a cross between hardcore punk and metal that fits itself into the riffs that started that kind of music.

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Amputators has played three shows so far, and this will be its first year as part of the Rio Halloween blowout. In those three shows, they’ve done pretty well – a spot in Denver got them an opening slot for punk legends Agent Orange at the Steamboat Mountain Theater in December.

“We’re just lucky enough to find four people in this town who can play and want to play the same kind of music,” Thibodeau said.

To these guys, aggressive music comes naturally, and asked why they like it – a valid question maybe for someone who isn’t a fan of it, and a ridiculous one for someone who is – the band members don’t have a ready response.

“That’s like asking me why I like food,” Thibodeau said. “I was weaned on it pretty much from birth.”

Thibodeau and Amputators guitarist Wes Fout said The Plagiarists carried the torch for their kind of music in Steamboat Springs for years, and acknowledged drummer Doug Mouton for being willing to have potentially destructive shows at the Rio, where Mouton is the manager.

Now in their fourth year, The Plagiarists are proud to report they can play more than half an hour of original songs – something that is not such a feat for regular rock bands, but amounts to volumes of work in the punk rock tome, where the average Plagiarists song clocks in at 1:42.

“We have an original over three minutes. That’s a milestone for us,” said guitarist Issac Slobodnik.

The band has scaled down its Halloween revelry this year, with just one show on Saturday instead of two weekend shows and a show on Halloween, which is Wednesday.