Choke The Word

Choke The Word

 Denver, Colorado, USA

Eccentric alternative rock with classical strings added for good measure.


Vocalist Melati Olivia met bassist/songwriter Cameron Hays when they both quit the same previous band. Guitarist Mike Miller was immediately recruited and the band went through a series of bowed string players and drummers before happily finding violinist Gracie Stean and cellist Allison Allain.

In 2010, Choke The Word became the first band in Colorado to finance their CD with fan donations made through The CD was recorded at a solar-powered recording studio and printed using recycled materials. Choke The Word won a Westword Music Showcase Award in 2011.

The band draws its influences from a wide range of sources, but likes to think that they might be found somewhere between A Perfect Circle and The Cure, but with odd time signatures. They look forward to playing together until Allison (who has a masters in artificial intelligence) inadvertently creates SkyNet and accidentally leads to the extermination of the human race.


Enjoy The Parade 2011

Set List

Originals: "Secretion," "In June," "Control," "Mariana," "Gilgamesh," "Horsemen," "Clown Car Suicide," "Narcissus," "Sod," "Cerrado."

Covers include "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" by U2, and "Face To Face" by Siouxsie & The Banshees and Danny Elfman