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A brief chat with Strung Out


Cali punks Strung Out finally released their new album this year, four years after the last one. They play the Ogden in May, so we chatted with guitarist Rob Ramos.C

Yellow Scene: You have a new album, Transmission. Alpha. Delta. How do you think the band has grown since Agents of the Underground?

Rob Ramos: I think a couple of us had other projects going on that we experimented in, we kind of stepped away from this band for a little while, and it bettered us as musicians. It broadened our horizons a little bit. Everyone was doing their own thing to get away from the grind of Strung Out.

YS: Is that the reason that the album was delayed?

RR: No. Not necessarily. The delay was just making sure we put out one of the best albums we ever put out.

YS: Do you like playing Colorado?

RR: Oh yeah. Colorado’s always been one of our strongest markets and the funnest shows. The fans have been really outgoing and respectful. We can hang out and party with them afterwards. We’ve always had a great time in Denver, and Fort Collins, and Boulder. It’s always been a good time for us.

YS: What are the plans for the set?

RR: We’ve got a lot of variety. We’re playing quite a few new songs, which we all feel like is easier for us. They click, in a way. It seems like a well-rounded set this time. It pretty much covers all the albums. It’s really fun to play, as opposed to previous tours where we were struggling to find a set.

YS: When this tour’s done, what’s next?

RR: We have a couple of weeks off, then we go to Europe for a week. Then we have a few weeks off, then there is some stuff on hold. Later in the year, we go to Australia, New Zealand, and South America, and Japan. We’re covering a lot of territory before the end of the year.

Strung Out plays with Red City Radio and La Armada at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22 at the Ogden Theatre; 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; 303-832-1874; $20-$22.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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