The Gamits, Armchair Martian, Arliss Nancy

Sat Mar 11 2017

8:00 pm

This event is all ages

Samiam was formed in late 1988 after the breakup of the Gilman club mainstay Isocracy. Their first show was in January 1989 with Christ on Parade. They released records through New Red Archives and Hopeless Records in the US and Burning Heart Records in Europe. In the mid-'90s, the band had two releases on a major labels, Atlantic Records in 1994 and Ignition/Tommy Boy in 1997. This path achieved modest mainstream success; a video for Capsized gained a lot of airplay on MTV, they performed on the Jon Stewart Show in 1994 and the single, "She Found You" garnered considerable radio play in 1998. The band toured extensively throughout Europe, North America and Japan with Bad Religion, Green Day, The Toadies, Sense Field, Blink-182 and Millencolin.
In late 2000 the band quietly ceased after supporting the "Astray" album. Despite what was initially to be a break up, they continued to tour abroad yearly (Europe three times, and South America) with occasional shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles. This led to the recording of the band's 7th album, "Whatever's Got You Down" in 2006. Samiam toured Europe 3 more times in 2006 and 2007 and played various U.S. dates in 2008.
Samiam toured Australia in September 2009, together with the band A Death in the Family[1] This was followed by eight shows in Gainesville, Florida in November 2009[2] and single shows in Santiago, Chile, San Miguel, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina and São Paulo, Brazil in December 2009.[3]October 2010 brought them together again with A Death in the Family for a European and East Coast tour.[4][5]
As of March 2011, according to, a new Samiam album is in the works.[6]
The Gamits
In 1996, friends Chris Fogal (vocals, guitar), Matt Van Leuven (drones, vocals) and Matt Martinez (bass, vocals) formed the first version of the Gamits. This line-up released one 7″ EP on Drug Store Records titled Come Get Some. Live shows were mainly local and saw the band playing the songs on the debut EP as well as Run Along and Audrey's Davenport. During this time period, Fogal briefly played guitar in the Denver punk outfit, Pinhead Circus.

In 1997, the band was joined by Forrest Bartosh, formerly of Denver bands Pinhead Circus and the Ladonnas and Van Leuven moved to bass. This line-up would release the bulk of the bands output over the next several years. The first release was the EP, This is My Boomstick, on To the Left Records. The EP featured the live favorites "Run Along", "Willabe", "I Wish I Was Dumb", "Dead Like an Enemy" and "Broken In". Also notable on the EP was the cover song of Abba's Take a "Chance on Me", showing off the band's impressive vocal and harmony abilities.

The Gamits next recorded their debut full-length record, Endorsed by You, which was their first release for Suburban Home Records. The album featured many live favorites including Last of the Mullets (which has been played last at almost every show since the album was released), Sorry Song, All Wicked, "Guy in Club (Makes New Friend)" and "15 Minutes". In support of this album, the band toured the United States several times, including one tour with the Teen Idols.

The band's next release, (which was the final with Barosh and Van Leuven) was the EP, A Small Price to Pay. The EP featured live regulars Reset, Beach Boy, Don't Make me Show You, Spec and Bender. During the recording session for the EP, the band also recorded the songs Rock Machine and a cover of the Jackson Browne song, Somebody's Baby (both of which ended up on the Italian-only compilation album Rose Harbor Anthems). Support touring included a several month US tour with the Fairlanes.

In 2002, Van Leuven left the band and was briefly replaced by Luke Mathers. This line-up recorded one song (Like White Noise) and toured Europe and the United States. The Gamits toured Japan for the first time in support of the Japanese-only compilation record, Leaps and Bounds, which featured tracks from all previous releases and Like White Noise. Temporarily handling bass on this tour was Scott Weigel, formerly of The Fairlanes.

In 2003, Scott Swarers and Jason Walker joined the band playing bass and drums respectively. The band recorded the full length record, Antidote. The album, which was slightly darker in nature, yielded several songs which made their way into the live set, including Blood Stains / Picture Frames, How to Escape, Never Before Noon and Dotted Lines. A video was shot for How to Escape. In support of the record, the band toured Japan, Europe and the United States. In 2005, Fogal decided to stop performing as the Gamits. The last show was played at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver, Colorado.

In 2006, the box set, Golden Sometimes was released on Suburban Home Records in 2006, which featured all official Gamits releases, a disk containing rare songs and demos and a live recording of the last show the Gamits ever played.

In 2007, Fogal formed the metal band TaunTaun. The band has released one album on Black and Bluhm records and plays live regularly, including at SXSW in 2010.

In 2009, Fogal decided to bring the Gamits back to life, recruiting long-time drummer Forrest Bartosh, and one time touring bassist Scott Weigel. The band released Parts on September 7, 2010. Along with the Parts release came a new interactive video for the single "This Shell" which was created by the award winning Legwork.

Parts was recorded at Fogal's new studio called Black in Bluhm

In 2011 with the same lineup the Gamits had a short tour in Japan and their first tour of Russia and the Ukraine playing 11 shows all the way from the Ukraine to Moscow.

Later that year there was a split release on Paper and Plastick Records with label mates Red City Radio.

In 2012 the only official release was another split release with The Murderburgers for the All In Vinyl series. This featured two new Gamits tracks.

Later in 2012 Scott Weigel was replaced by Johnny Wilson (Moral Crux, Thankless Dogs, The Gloryholes in the Pacific Northwest), as bass player and backup vocals since touring was going to be more difficult for Weigel who now had a family to take care of.

The Gamits continue to play shows and the latest tours are scheduled for Russia and Europe in 2013.
Arliss Nancy
Arliss Nancy
While Ft. Collins' Arliss Nancy celebrate the spirit and mystique of all the best aspects of rock and roll, they also warn that the lifestyle may not be for everyone.

Their latest release, Simple Machines, is a Middle-America, heartland-on-your-sleeve, no frills cautionary tale about the damaging affects of their way of living and a subtle apology to everyone around them watching it unfold.

Combining Thin Lizzy style arpeggio guitar frills, gravel-gargling vocals and a penchant for late nights and regret – the band, comprised of singer/guitarist Cory Call, singer/bassist Kyle "GB" Oppold, guitarist Jason Larson, keyboardist Chris Love and drummer Dominic Buttice –- shakes off sub-genre tags to create anthems to be shouted along with or listened to with quiet and introspective intent. Simple Machines is the band's second full-length after 2009′s Dance to Forget. In addition, the band has released two Eps since forming in 2007; 2008′s Rust and Truckstop Roses in 2010. Each release shows progression and maturity from the previous one – a result that Call says is no accident. "As far as this album goes it was approached completely different," he says. " Not only in the sense of recording but in composition too. Prior to this album Arliss Nancy was based off of a singer/songwriter archetype – that being I would write a song and we would play it. Simple Machines brought more to the table."

Oppold mimics Call's sentiment going on to say that the maturation in sound has to do with the band's decision to strip away previous distinctions and genres. "The album definitely differs from all the other records," he says "Our first record was very country heavy, and Truckstop Roses was very alt-country-punk influenced. We tried to keep this new record just rock and roll. I feel like this is the first album that really shows who we are."

Oppold goes on to say that this is an exciting record for him as it is the first time he contributed songs and sang them. This is a development Call does not have a problem with and cites the Oppold penned song "40s" as his favorite on the album.
"I love that song," he says. "GB really stepped up and wrote one of the best songs I have ever heard. Something about the way he brings it all back to 'throwing it all away and drinking 40s with your friends' – it makes me think of the road – where you only really have your friends and the times you park the van and just get shitty because there is nothing better to do."

Oppold's voice is not the only new one that Arliss Nancy fans will hear on Simple Machines. The album is littered with guest vocalists and, right out of the gate on opening track, "The Crease," two members of the Suburban Home family lend their talents; Micah Schnabel of Two Cow Garage and Lizzie Huffman.
Cory describes the experience of having his fellow label mates on his album as "an honor." As Oppold explains, the appearances didn't stop there and, if it was up to him, they would have gotten more. "I've always loved guest appearances," he says. " Other than Micah, Shane (Sweeney) and Lizzie Huffman there is Jon Snodgrass (Drag the River), Colin Shane of Spanish Gamble and BJ Buttice of Sour Boy Bitter Girl. This scene is really close here. If I had it my way I'd have all my friends on every record!"
Part of the Arliss Nancy boys keeping their scene tight and family orientated was the decision to sign with Suburban Home Records, a decision that Call said was easy to make.

"Virgil (Dickerson) has been a driving force behind us for a few years now," Call says. "When he offered us the deal there was no question. We are honored to be part of his family. I have been borderline obsessed with the bands he has put out for years. Shit, I wanted to be In a Suburban Home band since I was 14."
Simple Machines and Arliss Nancy fit seamlessly alongside the other Suburban Home Artists, carrying the banner for family, integrity and good ol' fashioned rock and roll.
Venue Information:
Hodi's Half Note
167 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO, 80524