Interstate Stash Express
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Interstate Stash Express

Boulder, Colorado, United States | SELF

Boulder, Colorado, United States | SELF
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"Interstate Stash Express holding on to the constant"

Steamboat Springs — Lyons-based rock band Interstate Stash Express comes from a different place, a throwback place formed in the minds of guitarist Terry Kishiyama, bassist James Smith and drummer Thom McKee. It comes to life in their original rock tunes.

They might seem out of place in the modern music industry, but it’s where they’re comfortable.

“It’s like the late 1960s and Cream kind of place,” said Kishiyama, who first heard Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” when he was 3 years old. “I don’t listen to much new stuff. Maybe Them Crooked Vultures, North Mississippi Allstars and The Black Crowes, but I think it’s because they sound old.”

McKee said it’s the blend of power trio rock with progressive, psychedelic influences that makes the band unique, and possibly slips them into a precarious genre limbo.

“When we play for jam-minded folk, we’re a little too rockin’ for them,” McKee said. “When we play for people who are into rock ’n’ roll, we’re a little too jammy.

“But Jimi Hendrix and The Who, they never got called a jam band. I think it’s just writing good music, and however long you play, who cares?”

Interstate Stash Express returns to Steamboat Springs to play a free show at the Old Town Pub tonight. They played two nights at The Tugboat Grill & Pub last week and are looking forward to their return.

Kishiyama said the music community on the Front Range is a powerful network, but focusing on the here and now in the music industry isn’t a top priority for Stash.

“You can’t just be this awesome band these days, you have to have this network and this viral media thing,” he said.

They recently hired a manger, but the band still hopes to stick to a long-term model, encompassing qualities of music history and shooting for longevity.

“I think we just want to fit into the huge moon of music,” Kishiyama said. “It’s all there, no matter what you play. It’s all just out there, it’s a huge infinite circle of music. We just want to be able to tap into that and be able to hold onto that enough to make it our livelihood.”

Now that they’ve added a few new members to the Stash family — Kishiyama has a musically inclined 3-year-old, Kaion, and McKee recently married — they know the traditional rock ’n’ roll lifestyle might not be for them anymore.

With professional jobs and families, they only tap into that culture when on stage.

“I think when you’re playing, it’s still sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll,” Kishiyama said. “And that’s great, that’s the reason we do it, when you’re in the element and you’re playing and everything it’s that state of rock and rock ’n’ roll.”

With the constant flux of conditions that life offers, will Interstate Stash Express be playing for decades to come?

“God, I hope so,” Kishiyama said. “I think it’ll be different though. Music is like a constant in your life. Everything changes. Friends change, your job changes and your Facebook changes. But music is always a constant.” - Steamboat Today


Interstate Stash Express (2007) LP
Stick (2008) EP
Hurricane Window (April 2011) LP



The fall of 1997 wasn’t the first time Terry Kishiyama strapped a guitar on his back and started to entertain. But it was the first time he encountered the big drum beats of Thom McKee in their hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. The pair bonded immediately and formed Meandering Blue, a band featuring two acoustic guitars and drums. But before long, Kishiyama and McKee left the band and headed to Colorado to find a harder and more adventurous sound.

McKee found it when he met bassist James Lloyd Smith at a party in Boulder. In their new band Grapeshot, they had the rhythmic force they had long envisioned. All they needed was a jolt of guitar, and McKee knew who could provide the power. With Kishiyama, the three began exploring the roots of American rock through their unique improvisational lens, and Interstate Stash Express was born.

Interstate Stash Express takes the power trio places you’d never imagine. The space-age fire of the Jimmy Hendrix Experience ignites the roots rock sound of bands like Uncle Tupelo. Audacious drumming from McKee, propulsive bass lines from Smith, and the searing guitar licks of Kishiyama create deep grooves and incendiary improvisations.

The buzz around the trio has been building in the Rocky Mountain region for five years, as their raucous performances have earned a loyal following. In 2007 they released their self-titled album, followed soon after by the EP Stick 2008. Now they’ve joined forces with famed sound engineer Geoff Gray for their second LP, scheduled to release later this year.

Like the buzz, their sound is expanding by the day. You could call describe Interstate Stash Express as psychedelic Americana. Or you could just say they rock.