OA: Intertwined chooses to be fresh, no apologies

MEMBERS OF INTERTWINED work regular day jobs and rehearse at night with the hope that their music will become their day jobs. “Life’s too short not to chase your dreams,” singer Jeremiah Campbell said.

Rock, metal music pours out of The Best Little Storehouse In Town storage unit where local band Intertwined rehearses. The band is made up of, from left, Jesse Ortiz, guitarist; Jeremiah Campbell, singer; Blane Robinson, drummer; Barak Erwin, bassist; and Colin Cummings, guitarist. Intertwined recorded its second CD, “Shameless,” in August.

If there’s a formula for how to rock, Intertwined does not care.

The local rock/metal band is bored with sounding like anyone else.

“It’s like, the music industry gets stuck in these ruts. One genre, they all sound similar,” singer Jeremiah Campbell said.

Yeah, Intertwined does have influences: Rush, TOOL, Led Zeppelin and Metallica posters are tacked to the walls in the band’s practice space along with Playboy centerfolds.

Intertwined band members are married to circulating music they call “different ... something new and fresh.”

The longtime Grand Junction band recently released its second CD titled “Shameless” with 13 original tracks. A local CD release party and show is in the works.

Intertwined is committed to the business side of making a band work. The band formed an LLC to release its CD and worked with a label that would distribute its CDs worldwide and with major retailers such as Target and Best Buy without requiring a band contract.

“It’s exciting to be able to bring our music to the masses and still be an independent band,” Campbell said.

The band will sell copies of “Shameless” for $10 at its shows. Songs from the CD can be downloaded from online retailers such as iTunes, Rhapsody and CD Universe.

“Shameless” was recorded in August at Paradice Studios in Grand Junction. It was mixed and produced by the band.

Songs off “Shameless” aren’t just stock lyrics with metal breakdowns. The CD runs in a progression of heavy, less heavy, repeat.

Intertwined is made up of Campbell, Jesse Ortiz on guitar, Colin Cummings on guitar, Barak Erwin on bass and Blane Robinson on drums. They work regular day jobs and practice late at night with hopes that someday their music will be their day job.

“Life’s too short not to chase your dream,” Campbell said.

A lot of the songs on “Shameless” seem to reference a need for change or to move forward.

It’s been hard, though, the band said. Locally, bands struggle to find venues that will pay them.

Intertwined plays in other Colorado cities as time allows and has plans to play Denver’s Gothic Theater soon.

The initial Intertwined jam session was in September 2004. Friends brought in friends and soon a band formed. After its first self-titled CD came out, Ortiz was brought in as a second guitarist. He used to be Intertwined’s roadie.

“We felt sorry for him,” Robinson said, instigating a series of put-downs between band members.

Intertwined is a band with quirks. Where it rehearses is no different.

Some people might lock their doors and keep driving past The Best Little Storehouse In Town, but Intertwined set up shop in the mini storage facility off North Avenue.

The group started rehearsing in a double-wide trailer and are proud to have upgraded to its third storage unit. Every unit has gotten progressively bigger. This one has multiple couches, chairs and a foosball table.

“A lot of problems are solved on the foos table,” Erwin said.

A garage-like door is the only way in and out.

The band is courteous to its neighbors and abides by the noise ordinance.

A propane heater the guys light using busted drumsticks is in the middle of the room.

Despite the winter chill, Robinson still takes his shoes off to drum.

“It’s my thing,” he said. “No matter how cold it gets in here, I don’t wear shoes.”

Intertwined’s CD release show previously scheduled for Friday, Feb. 13, is being rescheduled for another date and venue.

Click on http://www.myspace.com/intertwinedtheband for more information about Intertwined.


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