The Geek Skwad definitely lives up to the term white and nerdy. They are five guys who have one unique sense of style. From their stages names all the way to what they wear. If you go to one of their shows you will notice them wearing the well known geek outfit, equipped with helmets on their heads, glasses held together with tape, mismatched clothing, bow ties and suspenders, pretty much anything they can get their hands on. Their motto is to just have fun and not take life too seriously. Guitarist Scott Bush took time away from his pocket protectors to talk with us.
Daily News: Tell me about your first paying gig.
Scott Bush: Our first paying gig as the Geek Skwad was at Martini in Cape Coral as a karaoke band and then came up with the idea of being geeks like we are and start playing music that we like, that no other band really likes to play because they think they are too cool and we are not cool so it fits us good. Then after Martini, it was the Budda in Fort Myers. We went in and talked to them and asked if they would let a geek band play and they kind of looked at us like we were stupid but it worked.
DN:What makes you different from all the other cover bands?
Bush: We have fun. We put on a show; we don’t just stand up there and play. A lot of bands and great musicians just stand there and play just to play the songs but we got everyone in this band that has their own little gimmick that they do. We are here to perform for the crowd and get the crowd involved as much as possible.
DN: Who do you cover the most and why? And do you put a certain spin to it?
Bush: All of them! “Purple Rain,” “Blister in the Sun,” “Rock of Ages,” “Let’s Go Crazy.” We do our covers but we do put our own spin on it by changing the lyrics. A lot of times we will do a medley, for example, we will play Duran Duran take that all the way to Slayer and then back to Duran Duran.
DN: What songs does the audience respond to the most?
Bush: Everything from the second set like The Time, Prince, “On the Dark Side,” Duran Duran and Quiet Riot. But, it also depends on what bar we are at. At the Sandy Parrot, for example, we start off a little mellower, like Michael Jackson.
DN: Do you play any Jimmy Buffett, Lynyrd Skynyrd or Led Zeppelin?
Bush: We play Led Zeppelin once in a while, mostly if it was a special request. To be honest between the five of us we have been playing music for so long, there is very little that we can’t play. It’s not a usual part of our set but we have played Led Zeppelin and others. We will play 30 seconds of anything. We once even played Barry Manilow.
DN: Do you ever play any originals?
Bush: We are working on them right now but we won’t try and play them for an audience until we have our recordings done. Actually, everyone in this band has been playing music for so long and we have all recorded and had an album out in other bands. But, we have just started to write for the Geek Skwad album because we didn’t know where this was going to take us but now we see that this thing is really happening for us and we are going to take advantage of everything we can from now on. The response has been pretty overwhelming.
DN: Have you ever been in a recording studio?
Bush: Yes, we own one and we are recording a Geek Skwad (originals) album now as we speak and we hope to have it out by Christmas and have a CD release party before Christmas this year.
KNOW YOUR COVER BAND
Who: Tyler Kluesner, vocals and guitar; Scott Bush, vocals and lead guitar; Chuck Gibson, vocals and bass; Mike Brophy, drums and Greg Sallen, keyboards.
Years together: Two.
Type of music: ’80s rock and pop
Where can you see them: 10 p.m. Tuesdays at Jack’s Bait Shack, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd.
More information: www.myspace.com/geekskwadforhire