With Tron Javolta in the basement, laying down some sick tracks with guitar accompaniment, doing crazy remixes of songs like Transplants’ “Diamonds and Guns,” MISCOMUNICADO was breaking it down upstairs with their version of electronic and live instrumentation. In high school, I used to have to sneak alcohol into the dances to mix into red bull, but here I had to sneak in the red bull to mix with the alcohol I purchased at the bar. MISCOMUNICADO brings dance, psychedelic, rock, and sweet guitar licks together to melt faces. Mine was liquidated, for sure. I remember looking over to the guy next to me and saying, “This right here is baby making music!” He said, “What?” I just smiled and nodded and he did the same, both of us dancing like headless chickens.
Why don’t you tell me a little bit about your experience at FoCoMX this year?
We loved it. We actually played last year. We got on last minute and were thrown in with a bunch of bands that didn’t really fit our style. We played with a bunch of metal bands. And we still had so much fun, but we didn’t get the turnout we were hoping for. We actually play at Washington’s frequently and it was so much fun this year. There were so many people there dancing, the energy was just so great. We just had a blast. After seeing all of FoCoMX this year, I feel like there was a much better turnout in general than last year. I feel like word is really starting to get around about this awesome festival that we are lucky enough to have here.
The northern Colorado music scene is really growing and getting really interesting. I think we’re in a really unique spot and a unique time. To me, the whole scene feels like the regeneration of the California Dream back in the 60s. There’s been a lot of unique minds gravitating to the Denver/Boulder/Fort Collins area. And we’re really excited to be a part of it.
What were some of your favorite acts that you got to catch?
ReaLife Actual. They were probably my favorite. They played last that night, after us. Those guys are fun. It was like a big dance party.
How would you describe your music?
What I like to tell people is that we like to keep the real musicianship in the new trending electronic that people are really into. We love getting down to an awesome beat and dancing your face off, but at the same time, to us, we want to see more than just a person pushing a button while the crowd dances. So we were like, “Hey! Let’s take the music that we grew up on, rock and roll, and bring it into this style.” Go with the flow of the popular electronic thing, but still bring along the roots with us. So we try to take influence from ’60s and ’70s rock and bring it into the dance thing that everybody is really into now.
I would say for all of us, our biggest influence from that era would be The Doors. The whole idea of combining blues, rock, jazz with the psychedelic realm feeling. As well as having vocals that are saying something and not just there. We actually try to put meaning in what we’re saying. Also Pink Floyd for sure. Of course Jimi Hendrix, we do a lot of guitar work.
There’s definitely a psychedelic elements there. What would be the best drug to be on to listen to you guys?
Oh man, that is a great question! I’ve never been asked that before. Gee, I like to think it would be pleasant on anything. Definitely weed. That’s a good one. But I don’t know. Any psychedelic, really. That has played a large role in the forming of our band and the forming of our sound. Just being together and listening to music together was really how the whole thing started. Gosh, it’s had such a profound effect on us, individually as well as together… Any psychedelic is a good realm for listening to MISCOMUNICADO.