This Thursday, June 1st at Illegal Pete’s on Pearl, Niwot’s Curse have their first official show. The Boulder five-piece band consists of Four Horse Johnson (vocals/guitar), Dave Long aka Mr. Long (vocals/guitar), Ben Gaubert (bass), Derek Cibere (drums), and Amber O'Hearn (vocals). Though it’s their first official gig in Boulder, Niwot’s Curse are well-known in these parts. Frontman Four Horse Johnson played many an open-mic at the now defunct Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub, and his songs have even been covered by bands including Augustus. Four Horse is a bit of a character, and that’s ever-present in his witty lyricism and rock’n’roll onstage demeanor. And as Four Horse says, Mr. Long is his perfect musical counterpart, so in honor of the band’s first billed show, we sat down with Four Horse Johnson and Mr. Long to learn more about Niwot’s Curse and their plans to rock out this summer. Read on:
What are the origins of Niwot’s Curse?
Mr. Long: The origins go back to the curse itself. Myself, Derek, and Four Horse are lifelong Boulder residents who wouldn't be here if not for Niwot's Curse. Everyone met organically by playing at Conor O'Neill's open stage, where we all came together and formed the band.
How long have you been playing together then?
Mr. Long: Nine months.
What can patrons expect from NC’s first official gig?
Four Horse Johnson: A powerhouse band of talented musicians blowing the roof off the place, with energy to spare and super catchy tunes.
Illegal Pete’s is one of our favorite Colorado supporters of local artists. Tell us why you’re stoked to play there for your first gig.
We love the vibe- their support of music comes from the top. We’d like to thank Derek Warwick for booking us. We all go there all the time- it's a great place with good food and inexpensive drinks too.
We know you’ve been recording in the studio. Talk to us about what you’ve been laying down and who you’ve been working with.
Mr. Long: We recorded eight songs live at Cosmic Collective and they were recorded by Eric Plein. They were mixed by Ray Smith, who is well known for his work on the Muscle Shoals soundtrack and with Strangebyrds. They are mastered and sound great in stereo and all. We decided to release five of the tracks and they are available for streaming or download on our Reverbnation. We just also submitted one song to iTunes and Spotify. We are very proud of the tracks and plan to record more songs at Ray's studio in Rollinsville soon.
Is “Tame Me” based on a personal experience?
Four Horse Johnson: Yes it is. But it's a universal theme to a lot of relationships that I think men and women go through- the, ‘I love you, now change yourself’ bullsh*t.
What inspired your track “Wine Tasting From Hell”?
Four Horse Johnson: The song is based on a true event in my life. I wrote it on the train to Paris. I was new in a relationship and we fell in love hard and fast. That night nipped a budding romance at the bud. It was one of the most traumatic events of my life. The lyrics that tell the story are some of my best verses I ever wrote. The tragedy of it all is summed up in the final verse, ‘Love was at our fingertips. Now I know it don't exist. I won't forget our last kiss. The taste of vomit on your lips…’
So what else can we expect from Niwot’s Curse this summer?
Mr. Long: We are moving our rehearsal location to Niwot, appropriately. We are playing in Lyons this weekend at Burning Barn, followed by a set at Johnny's Cigar Bar on June 17th. Since we released our new music, we're getting a lot of interest. We are interested in booking shows later in July and August and ask any bands or venues that want us to contact us as we ramp into the scene.
Nice. Four Horse- I’m going to ask the question all the ladies want to know. Will you be wearing your all-white suit to the gig this week at Pete’s?
Four Horse Johnson: Yeah if I can get the beer stains out of it…
So there you have it. Make sure to stop by Illegal Pete’s this Thursday night for Niwot’s Curse- details here.
All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.