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40 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 9 - June 15, 1995 Arts & Entertainment Steppin Resort rocks with Touch of Strange, Cowboy Mouth Sir Guy's plans to throw Full Moon Saloon By Denise M. Marshall Touch of Strange, a young alter- native rock band, sets itself apart from other cover bands by per- forming lesser-known rock music. "The whole idea of the band is to try to do mostly new music that we like," explained Ron Thomp- son, singer and guitarist for Touch of Strange. Thompson is joined on stage by Scott Gordy on bass and vocals and Bob Swiger on drums. All three men live in the Lewes area. The group formed in November after the breakup of Thompson's and Gordy's former bands. Gordy had performed with Reality Sand- wich and Thompson had played with Order Disorder of Ocean City, Md. Thompson and Gordy, who went to school together at Cape Henlopen High School, met Swiger through Thompson Music Center, where Thompson works. Swiger is a teacher at Sussex Technical High School near Georgetown, and Gordy is a pro- fessional musician. The band members performed a couple of times during acoustic jams at Arena's in Rehoboth Beach. "It went over so well, they gave us some gigs," Thompson said. Touch of Strange has also played at the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach, Mulligan's Tavern in Rehoboth Beach, Schultze's Island Restaurant & Bar in Rehoboth Beach, Club 22 in Seaford, and The Dungeon and party Monday Amazon Bay in Ocean City, Md., "Each of us has different musi- cal taste," Thompson said. "It's been a good mix so far." Swiger is influenced by hard, classic rock. Gordy prefers jazz and funk, and Thompson likes hard rock and blues. Touch of Strange performs cov- er songs by groups such as the Stone Temple Pilots, Phish, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins and Jimi Hendrix. Although the group currently performs all cover music, Touch of Strange plans to produce origi- nal material after it becomes more established. Thompson explained that the band tries to play covers that are not overplayed by other cover bands. In addition, the group is continuously adding new songs to its repertoire of music. "Some of the songs we do, we do them a little harder and louder than they would normally be done," Thompson said. Touch of Strange will play at Schultze's on Wednesday, June 14 and Arena's on Saturday, June 17. In other entertainment news, Cowboy Mouth will be in the area this weekend promoting its latest album, "It Means Escape." Based in New Orleans, the pop rock band will perform at the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach on Saturday, June 10. "It Means Escape" is the group's third release, but the first one to have national distribution. The album was self-produced and recorded in New Orleans. Cowboy Mouth, a pep rock band from New Orleans, will per- form at the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach on Saturday, June 10. The group has released its third album entitled "It Means Escape" on the independent Monkey Hill Records. The band is comprised of (from left to right) Paul Sanchez, Steve Wai- ters, Fred LeBlanc and John Thomas Griflth. Touch of Strange, an alternative rock band, will perform at Schultze's Island Restaurant & Bar in Rehoboth Beach on Wednesday, June 14 and at Arena's Bar in Rehoboth Beach on Sat- urday, June 17. Members of the band are (from left to right) Scott Gordy, Ron Thompson and Bob Swiger. "We wanted to capture more of the feel of our live performances explosive, emotional, but still concentrating on the main part of any record, which is great songs," explained drummer and singer Fred LeBlanc. LeBlanc takes the unorthodox role of center stage, helming a live act with energy that is nearly impossible to match. Guitarist Paul Sanchez, the band's lyrical craftsman and gentleman scholar, balances the intensity of LeBlanc, guitarist John Thomas Griffith and bassist Rob Savoy. The contrasting writing styles of each of the band members, as they trade off throughout "It Means Escape," bring a sense of dynam- ics and subtlety to the band's sound. Sanchez's and LeBlanc's harder vocals contrast sharply with Griffith's softer sound. Some of the songs portray men who are scornful of women. The songs touch on themes of betrayal and bittersweet romance. In "Hey Bartender," Sanchez sings "whiskey and women, well they fool me every time into think- ing I'm the hero I have pictured in my mind." In "My Little Blue One," he sings "you're gone and I don't even think of you." "How do you tell someone you don't love them?" paints a bleak picture of romance. "Looked Like A Woman (but dressed like a man)" has a rousing beat. Sanchez describes a woman who "has muscles and a crewcut, she had shoos like mine, she had a way with pool cue, she had a pick- up line." Sanchez said he draws his lyrics from personal experiences. "I'm not a novelist," he said. "I don't write good fiction." Cowboy Mouth fuses country, funk, rhythm and blues into a dynamic rook 'n' roll sound. The band's name was adopted from a Sam Shepard play titled "Cowboy Mouth." The group's latest album title, "It Means Escape," is the last line in the play, according to Sanchez. Cowboy Mouth is featured in a new murder mystery film titled "The Underneath." The band's vocals are also on the movie soundtrack, Sanchez said. In July, Cowboy Mouth will go on tour with Hootie and the Blow- fish. The two bands used to take turns opening for each other, according to Sanchez. "We've known these guys for a long time," he said. Cowboy Mouth, which played at the Stone Balloon in Newark last year, is scheduled to appear at the Cork at 11 p.m. Tickets are $3. On Monday (June 12), Sir Guy's Restaurant & Pub in Rehoboth Beach will throw its first Full Moon Saloon party with DJ Marty Party. "Whenever there's a full moon, people go crazy," Marty Party said. "So we're just going to get crazy too." Staff will replace the upstairs' lights with black lights, and glow- in-the-dark T-shirts will be avail- able. The party will feature drink specials; giveaways, fun and games. The Full Moon Saloon will be open upstairs once a month when there is a full moon. Come on out and join the lunacy ! Here's what's going on at other resort establishments: REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Dell: 149 Rehoboth Avenue (in the Village by the Sea Mall); every Tuesday - acoustic jam hosted by Cliff Hillis; Friday, June 9 - Gravity's Pull; Saturday, June 10 - Tequila Mockingbird; Sunday, June 11 - Cliff Hillis and John Fifer; Mon- day, June 12 - Planet Ten; Friday, June 16 - Gingham Shmfiz; Satur- day, June 17 - Touch of Strange; Sunday, June 18 - Open Mind; Monday, June 19 - Grassdaddy. For information call 227-1272. Bandstand: Rehoboth Avenue; Sunday, June 11 - The Hub Tappers beginning at 8 p.m. For information call 227-6181. Catcher's: 249 Rehoboth Avenue; every Monday - acoustic jam with Blue Raven featuring Regina AaMacha and Thomas J. Bent from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For information call 227-1808. Club Potpourri: 316 Rehoboth Avenue; every Friday and Saturday - live jazz with Funch from 8 p.m. until midnight. For information call 227-4227. Crab Barn: 4345 Highway One; Friday and Saturday, June 9 & 10 - J.D. Martin in the lounge; Friday and Saturday, June 16 & 17 - Blue Raven featuring Regina AaMacha and Thomas J. Bent. For information call 227-6700. Fran O'Brien's.' 59 Lake Avenue; every Friday and Satur- day - DJ and dancing beginning at Continued on page 41