Band of the week: Sangamon

1. Please list the names of all members of your band.
Shay – Vocals/Piano
Tyler – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Sean – Bass
James – Drums
2. Where did you get your band name?
Sangamon is a Native American term that is relatively unique to our Central Illinois region, we thought it to be a cool way to identify ourselves with our area. Reference Wikipedia for more…
3. When did you start performing together?
Our first show was May 9th, 2007…so just over a year.
4. Who is your greatest musical influence?
Tough question…The Beatles would be the greatest, but Led Zep has better stories and Bowie has Ziggy Stardust.
5. Describe your sound in 3 words or less.
Um…Melodic, Dynamite, Rock.
6. Do you have any pre-show rituals or superstitions?
The only consistent ritual is asking the soundguy for more reverb on Shay’s vocals.
7. What is your favorite place to perform?
That’s tough, Cowboy Monkey or Canopy Club…depends on the specials.
8. What is your latest album called?
The Right Way EP
9. When is your next performance?
June 5th at Cowboy Monkey (Free), then June 21st at Mike ‘n Molly’s w/ Curb Service.
10. If you could perform with anyone in the history of music, who would it be?
Probably the Beatles, just to hear if the screaming was really that loud…or Elvis.
11. Do you have any pets?
Living in downtown Champaign, we have about forty squirrels and a few opossums and raccoons living in the garage.
12. True or false: dogs are better than cats.
Dogs Beets Battlestar Galactica
13. What is your favorite thing to eat as a band?
Coors Light
14. If you could be an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
14B. Why?
Abilty to bite off heads.
15. What kind of car do you drive?
PT Blueser…a real man’s wagon.
16. What is your favorite joke?
Hmm…Two tampons are walking down the street, what do they say to each other? (Dirty)
17. What is your favorite western European nation?
We’re gonna be huge in Switzerland.
18. What is your least favorite thing to do on vacation?
Realize that you accidentally threw your airline tickets in the garbage at a gas station the night before your return flight.
19. How often do you get your hair cut?
Well, I know that Tyler’s probably only had about three haircuts this millennium.
20. What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
Shay won’t shut up about Muse.
21. Who are you voting for in 2008?
Obama…but, I don’t think bands have voting rights.
22. Who did you vote for in 2004?
The rich guy.
23. Does global warming exist?
24. What is one thing you do that’s good for the Earth?
We never throw away anything, and we save gas by rarely mowing our lawn.
25. Do you like cheese?
Of course.
25B. What kind?
All cheese, except American cheese…whatever that is.
26. What is your favorite TV show?
Arrested Development
27. What is your least favorite movie?
Anything Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson.
28. What is the coolest place you’ve ever traveled?
Crazy Buffet
29. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? (in cubic feet)
Woodchucks are cool…I wouldn’t be against them.
30. What is your favorite kind of mammal?
30B. Why?
See Jerry Springer.
If you could time travel, what would you go see?
1908 World Series
32. What’s better, Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter?
Street Fighter…better character sounds…aaa eee uuu ken.
33. Which Teenage mutant Ninja Turtle do you best identify with?
33B. Why?
He’s the loner rebel…just like us and all our friends.
34. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of music?
Drive to Danville, just kidding, we love you Danville.
35. Any advice for the public at large?
Go to the Cowboy Monkey next Thursday, June 5th.
36. If you could be a WWE Superstar, who would you be?
37. What is one cool thing you think everyone should know about you?
We entirely self-produced our debut EP, we have a studio in our attic.
38. And another?
Our singer, Shay, doubles as everyone’s favorite ‘Piano Man.’
39. What is your favorite song to play live?
‘It’s All the Same’ check it on YouTube (click here to see it!).
40. Who would win in a fight, Optimus Prime or Dark Wing Duck?
Optimus Prime…significant weight advantage.
41. Boxers or briefs?
Pantaloons or commando!
42. What is your favorite office supply?
Copiers can be fun.
43. Describe your audience in 3 words.
Furry Happy Monsters
44. Who is the biggest underdog in movie history?
Happy Gilmore
45. What is your favorite place to spend a Friday night?
Blind Pig or Mike ‘n Molly’s
46. What is your favorite horror film?
The Shining
47. What is your favorite brand of shoes?
British Knights
48. Would you rather have top half fish, bottom half woman or top half woman, bottom half fish?
Wow, that’s seriously kinky.

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