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Denver Band Mixes Metal With Melody

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Drop Dead, Gorgeous cut its musical teeth in Denver’s underground metal scene. But the group, whose members are all in their late teens or very early 20s, has worked to separate itself with alt. rock-friendly melodies and some hardcore punk energy.

“A lot of bands in the genre start to sound the same after awhile,” says keyboardist and chief songwriter Aaron Rothe. “One of my favorite parts about our band is that each of us listens to a different style of music, whether it’s poppy or hip-hop.

“So when we’re writing songs, everyone kind of throws their own element in, which I think makes it sound different than anything else out there.”

Rothe’s keyboards, of course, help separate DD,G from the pack. It’s a rarity in the heavy music world, especially since he tends to favor piano rather than electronic and synthesized effects.

“A lot of bands will have the choir kind of sound or strings,” explains Rothe, 21, “which is totally cool. But there’s not a lot of piano in this genre, so that helps us stand apart.

“It was kind of hard for me at first, ’cause I grew up listening to poppier stuff like the Goo Goo Dolls and Bruce Hornsby. When I was asked to play in Drop Dead, Gorgeous, I didn’t know anything about that style of music, so at first it was a learning experience for me, and as I got more comfortable I found my own style of what I wanted to play and hear in this music.”

Drop Dead, Gorgeous performs with Aiden, 1997 and Still Remains at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 21) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6357 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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