Local band hits number one on the chartsBY CHUCK TUCK | JOURNAL REPORTER Whiskey Libido band members show off the Chevrolet Impala owned by Dave Jones. There used to be a time when playing in a band was about meeting girls and getting respect from peers.
Now, however, times have changed, at least a little bit, and more professional working class citizens are putting down their tool belts, hanging up their ties and letting down their hair after work in pursuit of their passion to perform.
One such group of men is Whiskey Labido, who come from Lake Stevens and surrounding towns.
Standing next to his 1962 convertible Chevrolet Impala, which drummer Dave Jones bought with money saved from a paper route, he began explaining his love and reason for playing music.
He simply said, “I always have,” then smiled and turned his head away.
There was a brief pause, then from behind his sunglasses his eyes must have lit-up, because he turned and became more serious this time.
“I started playing in the fifth grade. It’s a release,” he said. “I’ve got these rhythms in my head and I’ve got to release them on the drums, that’s just the way it’s always been for me.”
Guitar player Todd Burghduff was in his typical happy-go-lucky mood and said that he just loves playing.
The band formed about six months ago and stemmed from Burghduff’s love for playing.
Burghduff explained that he had written a song five years earlier on the acoustic guitar, which is currently number one on the sixtysecondhero.com website.
“This song is called “Daddy,” he said.
Having only played it a handful of times for his brothers and a close friend, Burghduff said it was his brother who insisted on him recording it.
“My youngest brother Tony kept insisting that I record that song. I told him I would do that as soon as I started a band. Four and a half years later, I finally decided to hook back up with my old drummer, Dave Jones,” he said.
Burghduff went on to explain that it really wasn’t until ten rehearsals into forming the band that he played the song for them, and then it was confirmed that it was a hit.
“That was even before vocalist Chris Allis put any words to the music,” Burghduff commented.
“Daddy” isn’t Whiskey Labido’s only number one song.
The four piece band, with bass player Jason King, is no stranger when it comes to having hit songs either.
“Our first song to reach number one was, “Not That Far Away”,” Burghduff said. “I wrote “Not That Far Away”, and dedicated it to my mom who now lives in Maryland. Since both of those songs have made it to number one, we’ve had a few Record Labels contact us to tell us they really like our music and they think it’s very marketable. Now it’s just a waiting game to see if we have to keep working our day jobs.”
Ten years earlier, another graduate of Lake Stevens and a close friend of the band, Travis Bracht found himself signed to Capitol Records, and he continues to play to this day.
Look for the band to be playing this Saturday at the Chopping Block in Monroe, before they’re signed and hitting the road touring the world.