Liquid Cheese

Liquid Cheese

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From uptempo blasts of straight-forward ska to rich, brassy improvisations that hint at latin music to fervent tribal percussion, Liquid Cheese creates incessantly driving infectious rhythms.

Biography

Fight the urge to judge this band by their name; Liquid Cheese does not sound like "liquid cheese." There is no oozing squishiness when they're on stage. They are solid, precise, energizing and satisfying (if “liquid cheese” could be described as satisfying, then there may be a correlation, after all). They really should make it more apparent why they chose their band name—for now I'll write it off as some insanely funny inside joke and be content that they, at least, understand.

In the same way that a hybrid of Spanish and English dialect has become known as "Spanglish," Southwestern bands enamored by ska music have added their homegrown flavors and spices to come up with a subgenre of ska called, well ... there's no name for it yet.

But bands like El Paso's Liquid Cheese, the members of which likely grew up surrounded by a fair amount of Spanish and Mexican music, are fusing the music born in Jamaica in the early '60s with their traditions and arriving at something that is easily danceable, full of energy and highly entertaining. At the same time, it pays homage to their roots.

Each incarnation of ska music, referred to as "waves," is characterized by a drastic change in sound, tempo or style. Could this as yet unnamed fusion of Tejano, norteño, ska, rock and punk be a new paradigm?

Liquid Cheese's recent release, titled "Tres Equis," is a mere six songs long. But in that span, the group covers a great deal of ground. From uptempo blasts of straight-forward ska to rich, brassy improvisations that hint at mariachi music to fervent tribal percussion, Liquid Cheese creates incessantly driving ska rhythms.

Formed in 1996, the group consists of seven members including Roy Morales (guitar), John-Michael Vasquez (saxophone), Jesse Sullivan (bass), Shawn Hunton (guitar), Sam Sullivan (trumpet), Danny Sullivan (drums), Doug Neal (percussion). Its definitive sound is the culmination of a decade of work and a handful of recordings, as well as more than 1,000 performances, some to crowds of over 10,000.

Lyrics

No Originality

Written By: Roy Morales

It’s hard for originality to surface especially when everybody's trying to influence a view, as if they really had a clue. And if i went around, read your mind, saw through your eyes i know i would find a little bit of everyone in you, from what we see we usually do.
Everything that comes from you defines you, where have all the little children gone to.
Its to bad that our goals are based on materialistic visions, and its nothing i'm not guilty of, so will my children be when they grow up. it’s too hard to find your inner light, when there’s so much to envy in life, words are just that they wont change a thing, i'm gone and lost in the music.

Day Before Today

Written By: Kieron Dillingham

Caught a plane just yesterday, sorry i gotta go babe, six weeks alone is gonna kill me, i'm gonna miss your cute little face, wipe the tears from under your eye, my bags are packed i'm ready to fly, ready as i can to be without you, my heart is torn by our last goodbyes, left home and i was gone, came back now i'm alone, i miss the way things used to be sitting in my room i'm left to wonder
What did i do? what did i say? to make you want to leave, to make you want to leave me yesterday. what can i do? what can i say? to make you want to be, to make you want to be with me yesterday.
When i left i thought it was clear, i love you babe even when your not near, guess i was wrong, your feelings have changed, our love don't seem to flow both ways, i cant seem to see what went wrong, i said my sorries, i sing this song. was it something i said, i still cant decide, with this beer in my hands and my friends i confide.
(Chorus)

Wander

Written By: John-Michael Vasquez

As I wander thru this life, I try to do whats right and take the right path.
But no matter how i try, the years go passing, but as each one turns, the fire still burns,

And the dreams dont fade of those sweet days, when we were together. So here we are, a place so far, where dreams become reality.

And I dont know whats left in store, but heartache and pain. But it's alright, because tonight dreams become reality.

Dreams dont fade of those sweet days, when we were together. So here we are, a place so far, where dreams become reality.

And I know someday I'll turn to you and say, I've missed you. But until that time, lets sit and smoke some kind, and let dreams become reality.

Dreams dont fade of those sweet days, when we were together. So here we are, a place so far, where dreams become reality.

Discography

710 Texas - 1997 Compilation
Debut EP - 1998
What Scene?El Paso vol.1&2 - 1998
Kickin up in the night - 2000
Ska Generation (Russian Compliation BPR Records) - 2003
Lost in the Music - 2003
Nasty Cactus Music vol.1&2 - 2003/2004
Tres Equis - Jan 2006

Set List

Typical 1 set peformance is from 80-150 minutes.
2 sets @ 80 minutes each or
3 sets @ 65 minutes each.

1. From the start
2. No Surprize
3. Day B4 today
4. Im Flyin
5. Race car
6. Drunkin man
7. No Different
8. Get it Right
9. La Soltera
10. 15 minutes
11. Growin up
12. No Originality
13. Kickin up
14. Where you wanna B
15. Ska boss* (the Skatalites)
16. Bagel
17. Put you to the ska
18. Spy song (intro)
19. I said nothing
20. Chunky chunks
21. Used to Know
22. Body that kills
23. Cerveska
24. Mary Jane* (Rick James)
25. Bad fish* (Sublime)
26. King of the Ska* (Desmond Dekker)
27. 25 or 6 to 4* (Chicago)
28. Alone Again* (Slackers)
29. Change Your Mind
30. Para
31. Tu
32. Supersonic
33. Wonder
34. Little Light
35. Constitution
36. Not the Guy
37. Troubled Times
38. Delviche
39. Shuffle
40. Mentiras