Full speed ahead

The Fryday Band is back on the road

Members of the Fryday Band have been busy handing out copies of their CD on the side of highways.

The five band members, who travel in a gray van with tinted windows and haul a trailer, have been pulled over four times this month, said Jamie Varley, lead singer and acoustic guitarist.

The Fryday Band

10 p.m. today and Saturday

Mahogany Ride Brewery and Grill



"The police officers became friendly after they saw that we were a band," Varley said.

This tour is the chance for the band to put music first.

All the band members "jumped ship from their real jobs and are depending on the band to fund their lives," Varley said.

They will be hitting up the Denver thrift stores on their way to Steamboat to save cash and get crazy green outfits for their St. Patrick's Day show. "I'm Irish and the bassist, Brendan McCaskey is Irish. And our tour and street manager is a huge fan of dressing up in costumes," Varley said.

The band members met their manager in college. The original four members lived in adjoining dorm rooms during their sophomore year of college, and their manager, Ben Erickson, lived in the dorm across the way.

Their sound is largely "college rock," which Varley defines as rock 'n' roll with an element of funk, jam and reggae.

Erickson describes it this way: "a one-legged polka square dance techno disco funk that'll leave you sweating as you try to sleep comfortably in the trunk of your aunt's car."

Varley said the band's in--fluences include Bob Mar-ley, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, The Counting Crows and The Samples. "At the end of the day, we take our influences and we try to piece small sections of each of them into a new puzzle," Varley said. It's a fine line that they cross by wanting to be pop music but also be more than pop music.

"We want to sound like everybody and nobody at the same time," Varley said.

Certainly, his sexy, smoky vocals from the album "Green-light" help distinguish the band.

New lead guitarist Dane Scott has changed the feel of the band's music, providing more rock than jazz.

When the band gets back to San Diego after touring, the members will spend 17 days recording their second album, which is due to come out at the end of May.

Their shows are characterized by high energy with elements of dance.

"We just try to have fun and get people moving on their feet," Varley said.

He encouraged people at Friday's show to dress in green.

"We're ready to rock, if Steamboat is," Varley said.

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