loaded .45

loaded .45


Most bands fantasize about the rock n' roll lifestyle of the three B's: Booze, Boobs and Booze again. Loaded .45's fantasy version of life would be hanging somewhere between kickin' out punk music and whipping up the perfect batch of cookies in the back of the tour bus ... If they had one.


When you walk into an unassuming restaurant a stone's throw from small-town Mormon churches and family farmers' markets, you don't normally expect to find bodies in the basement.
Tattooed and pierced bodies playing guitars and drums so loud you need earplugs to keep your head from dddringgging.
Unless of course, you visited the bar upstairs earlier. Then that dddringgging is simply understandable.
In fact, it's almost a requirement, if you ask Grand Junction, Colorado-based band Loaded .45.
The band, which bills itself as "No Coast Punk 'n' Roll," started in the Japanese joint when lead singer and bassist Josh Roberts walked through the door to become a sushi chef the summer of 2004.
Christopher Boyd, lead guitar and backup vocals, was ready to teach him the wasabi-lined ropes as the two became friends.
Roberts, who grew up in the tiny Colorado snow-town of Craig, had been in a band before and was looking for a new group to start. Boyd, born in Japan, had been in several bands, and played for years, was also interested in playing again.
"We started talking about music while we were working, and then Josh mentioned he had been in a band," Boyd said. "Next thing I knew, we were clearing all the broken tea cups out of the restaurant's basement for a practice space. We decided to go for it."
The two still needed a drummer, so they started watching the customers at the sushi bar closely.
Maybe it was a sign when tattoo artist Ryan Willard walked through the door, not particularly liking sushi.
Willard, a Michigan native, was new in town. A little bored. And he didn't mind the noodle-like dishes.
Boyd and Roberts got to talking with Willard about music, got him a little whiskey and lured him down to their basement lair.
Normally a bass player, Willard decided to learn the drums for the band with the promise that the job would be short-term.
Over a year later, he's still hittin' the high hat, but he doesn't mind.
Since the band's inception, the ideas, like Ryan's place behind the drums, have stayed the same.
"80 percent of the world is bitches, and people don't want to try shit. You just got to go for it and have fun," Willard said.
So, why not arrive to band practice by sliding down the stairs to the restaurant's basement in a laundry basket?
Why not book a show when you have been together for all of a month?
Why not reconcile musical interests from The Cure, A Wilhelm Scream, Social Distortion, the Clash and Green Day?
And why not put something a little louder in the ears of a western Colorado cow town?
Roberts, who writes most of the lyrics for Loaded .45's songs, brings it all when trying to rock a show.
Maybe that's why the band likes to play at Quincy's Bar. (You can call it The Q if you're a local, or thinking of becoming one. You can call it the "gay bar" if you're Reverend Wilson at the Baptist church on 7th Street.)
The band was the first live act to ever attempt to play the place, breaking down stereotypes and transforming the local scene in the process.
Suddenly transvestites and cowboys were mixing with EMO and punk kids, gloriously bouncing about to one of 15 original songs most fans now scream for by name.
If you were a snobby English-major type, you could say the whole Q experience was a microcosm for the larger elements of punk rock. Wax poetic about how playing a gay bar most kids wouldn't enter was the ultimate Grand Junction example of barrier-breakage of CBGB proportions.
Shit like that.
For most of the kids in town, it's simply one other reason to love the band and its members.
At the moment, Loaded .45 is still about fun and providing a good time for anyone lucky enough to listen, but they're also about doing what they love.
Loaded .45 has played with its fair share of national and international acts, including Love Me Destroyer, Link (Japan), Los Kung Fu Monkeys (Mexico), Voodoo Glow Skulls and Authority Zero.
And as long as the band can stay out of Mexican prison, stop breaking hands or cutting fingers with chef knives, they'll plan to keep playing the local, state and national scene.
"This is what we love," Roberts said. "If we can play out of town, pay our bills and play our own music, we'll be happy. That's what doing this is all about."


Loaded .45 have recorded two demos and are currently recording an official EP.

Set List

Our set lists are generally 45 minutes of original music, but we can play up to 1 1/2 hours if needed. A typical Loaded .45 set would inlclude:

Giving Up
24 Years
Wasted Nites
Cardboard Life
Goodbye Self Destruction
Last Song
Danke Schoen ( our own punk rendition!)
Serious Illness
Call Out