Spliff Tank describes themselves as “thundering, ghastly, and alluring.” The local band has been gaining in popularity on the DIY scene for the last year. Their new release of our cover of – Pet Sematary by The Ramones, set the spark, and they will play July 27th at Pinball Jones Campus West with touring bands Engine Summer(Chicago) & Faux Furrs (Chicago).
“We started We had a clear idea of the music we wanted to make and stuck to it. Exploring an aggressive yet approachable punk style with some poppy melodic hooks thrown in,” says Guitarist Michael Neale. “
Spliff Tank members and talents are, Brian Dickey on guitar; brings a boisterous laugh and top-level musicianship to the band. Michael Neale on guitar; grilling picanha, scoring hat tricks, and modeling water. Ryan Tooley on bass; master bud cultivator and chef. Jack Moffett; healer and master steel smith who brings the hammer on drums.
The band started in the summer of 2018 when a group of local Fort Collins musicians got together regularly to jam. They started putting songs together from their ideas rooted from punk, garage, and psych music, of the past and present that they loved to listen to. We’re psychedelic in the way the cramps were but more upbeat like The Replacements and the Misfits,” says Guitarist Brian Dickey. “We got more tight as a band and our music grew with consistent and solid practice,” says Drummer Jack Moffett
Their popularity came out of the following they have within the local scene DIY scene. “[The DIY scene] has been incredible this past year. Local DIY venues and bars have provided many opportunities to play and allowed us to grow quickly as a band,” says Jack. “The support from our friends and fellow local bands has given us enormous pleasure to play and allowed us to tank on with determination and peace of mind.” Their favorite local venue to play is Pinball Jones Campus West.
When composing songs They come up with riffs on our downtime, individually, “and then jam on them together to find that spooky spliff groove. Then we put the pieces together like a heavy metal sandwich,” says Michael.
As DIY is their scene, they recorded themselves. Everyone records their own individual parts and Brian mixes and produces the track. They aim to grow into a big studio but for now, they will keep to the DIY roots and see how it goes. “We soon had a full live set of original songs with some tasty covers in the tank,” says Michael.
Spliff Tank is a great group of friends that spend time together even off stage. They are tight knit and it shows in their music. Spliff has fun performing and one of their favorite memories is from their first show at a once local house venue called The Heck House. They say “(RIP in Peace but rise again). Just being able to play our first live set to a packed house alongside bands we fully enjoy. Also playing at Pinball Jones with Flahoola and the Sickly Hecks a few weeks ago was a pleasure dream for sure.”
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