20 Feb 2003
Salt Lake City Weekly
Jukebox Heroes - The fine, maligned art of the cover band.
by Bill Frost
But the best local tribute band working in an oddly wide-open field is Sons
of Nothing. If your only live experience with legendary space-rock pioneers
Pink Floyd has been through late-night laser shows and/or headphone
sessions accompanied with a bong, the Sons of Nothing's spectacular
FloydShow is nothing short of a revelation.
"The great thing about doing a tribute to this particular band is that the
members of Pink Floyd have always been fairly anonymous," says bassist Thom
Bowers. "Their show wasn't ever based on 'rock star' personalities, so
we're not—unlike, say, 1964 or The Atomic Punks—required to
'be' Floyd or look like them. As long as the music and the special effects
are convincing, we're free to be ourselves onstage. We do get some pretty
intense reactions from the audience, though, especially when we're playing
the older psychedelic tunes, and they're ingesting the appropriate chemical
stimulants—not that we would endorse that sort of thing."
Despite the workload of producing semi-regular FloydShows, Sons of Nothing
are adamant about recording and performing their own music, as well.
Fortunately, the band's two sides compliment one another. "We were
apprehensive about it at first," Bowers admits. "The original plan was to
keep them completely separate, with different names. But we found that the
more attention we get for the tribute, the more people become interested in
our original music. The FloydShow has turned out to be a great advertising
tool, as well as a way to raise extra cash to fund our original work.
"We're always trying to make sure we get enough 'popular' tunes in the set
so the casual fans will enjoy it as much as the diehards. Right now, we
have nearly five hours of music under our belts. We're just a few more
tunes—and a massive theatrical budget—away from performing The
Wall in its entirety."
Whoa. Any chance of getting too wrapped up in the tribute? "There was one
time we opened with 'In the Flesh,' and when Tim [Hollinger, guitar] came
out to front the band, he had completely transformed into Bob Geldof's
'Pink' character from The Wall film—quasi-SS uniform, shaved
eyebrows, the works—and he really leaned into the part. No one,
including the band, had any idea he was going to go that far until we
actually saw him onstage."
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