How confident were the Alternate Routes in their music?
They were willing to bet on it — or at least guitarist Eric Donnelly was.
The Connecticut quintet — which released its debut national album, “Good and Reckless and True” — last month, funded its first independent release when Donnelly, over the objections of frontman Tim Warren, stopped at a Mohegan Sun Casino on the way home from a show two years ago with a plan to turn the $200 gig fee into the $2,000 needed to press the EP.
“We got into a bit of argument,” recalls Donnelly, 28, who formed the band with Warren after both attended Fairfi eld University.
“I told him, ‘You’ve got to trust me. I can win enough money to get it pressed.’ We didn’t speak for the remainder of the ride, and he just slept in the car while I went into” the casino.
But Warren woke up when Donnelly returned to the van with $1,985 in his hands — enough to not only press the EPs but also to splurge on breakfast at McDonald’s.
“Am I that good? I think I’m pretty good,” Donnelly says. “I’m a loose-card player; I go with my gut, and that night I had a good gut feeling. But I certainly don’t advocate it. Gambling when you’re desperate is never a good thing.”
The Alternate Routes perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday (April 3rd)at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $12.50 Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.