MusicMarch 19, 2009 at 12:12 am

Campus Cred: Off the Beat

Street: Of all the OTB-wannabes on campus, why did you make the cut?
Maggie Nyce: I have a nose ring.
Larry Crane-Moscowitz: I released my inner angsty emo kid from Jersey.
Max Glass: I sound like Johnny Cash.
Jess Leifer: I do a mean bass, which I showcased while doing a cover of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

Street: What is your pre-show ritual?
Will Green: Flo Rida, Low Riders, Get High, High Tops, Carrot Top, Carrot Juice, Jews.

Street: Sex & drugs are to rock ‘n’ roll as what & what are to a capella.
Blake Feldman: Sex & drugs.
Nate Budischak: Sex & drugs.
Larry: Sex & drugs.
Hannah Platt: Water & Mucinex.

Street: If you were to rename the group, what name would you choose?
Josh Rittenberg: The Multi Racial Electric Roller Boogie Experience Part VI
Will: The Angela Lansbury Good Time 100% Natural Family Band Solution.
Max: Anything but “Pennyloafers.”
Hannah: On The Beat.

Street: What does your body language on stage say about you?
Blake: I am really, really sorry for showering the other members of the group while percussing.
Josh: I would say it screams humility.
Larry: Egotist, huge egotist.
Will: I really, really thought she was 18. And in retrospect I see that she wasn’t. And that she was a he.
Jung-Hyun Kim: I actually black out on stage.
Max: Everything my voice doesn’t.

Street: Describe your on-stage dance moves in three words or less.
Maggie: Groove with me.
Will: Stealth. Action. Terror.
Angelee Mantecon: Enthusiastic and cute.
Larry: Bouncy hands.

Street: If a reverse a capella group was formed and used exclusively instruments to mimic vocals, what instrument would play your part, and why?
Larry: Piccolo. It’s like Michael Jackson pre-puberty.
Will: An entire section of mouth-triangles devoted to recapturing my monotone sound.
Jung-Hyun: Cowbell. Everyone wants more.
Max: The talk-box. Snoop Dog, Stevie Wonder and that guy from the Geico commercials can’t be wrong.
Nate: Timbaland. (Does he count as an instrument?)

Street: In what ways has learning to beat-box impacted your social life?
Will: One time at Smoke’s I did a high crash cymbal and a girl literally put her fingers in my mouth.
Jess: I have no idea how to beat box, but one time Will was beat-boxing at Smoke’s and a girl literally put her fingers in his mouth.

Street: What’s your beef with instruments?
Hannah: You have to learn how to play them.
Josh: I don’t know how to play any.
Maggie: I can’t play any.
Blake: I have no beef with instruments.

Street: Share your hopes and dreams and the ways in which a capella will help you achieve them.
Blake: I have learned how to sing at any time of day, no matter how sick I am. As an aspiring nurse, I guess this doesn’t help me at all.
Jung-Hyun: I want to have a family of singers.
Max: It’s my dream to one day sing the theme song for Folgers or the Carmen Sandiego game show — these are pretty much the best ways to get noticed… right?

Show: “The Craaaaaannne Mo Head Band (ft. R. Kelly)”
Friday March 20th, 7:00PM and Saturday March 21st, 6:30 PM
Irvine Auditorium (34th and Spruce)
Tickets: $8 on Locust Walk, $10 at the door
Fun Fact: OTB has been sued by R. Kelly (twice) and Justin Timberlake (once) since making their music available on iTunes in 2009. So get it before the FCC does!

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