Iceage Cobra
Jordan West, guitar/vocals; Ben Harwood, bass/vocals; Metch Brasch, drum/vocals, of Iceage Cobra<BR>

One of the goals of the rock band Iceage Cobra is to play any kind of music at any time.

"One of my favorite bands is Queen, which changed sounds from album to album," said guitarist/vocalist Jordan West during a phone call from Bakersfield, Calif. "All of us sing and write songs. And all of us listened to different kinds of music growing up. If some one wants to play a certain style, we try it."

West developed his musical tastes on Soundgarden. "At least that was the band that piqued my interest in playing the guitar. But I'm also influenced by T-Rex, Alice Cooper, Love and Gary Glitter."

Incorporating those styles — and eventually not sounding like those influences — Iceage Cobra has, in some areas, befuddled critics. Some call the band's style "caveman rock," "sludge rock" and "stoner rock."

"We tend to like bands who are hard to pigeonhole," said West. "And I think that's what's been happening to us.

"I do know that this approach to our music is going to pose some challenges," said West. "It will take radio stations and record labels longer to warm up to us. And we will take a longer time gaining a large audience.

"But by doing what we're doing, the fans that understand us are very very dedicated."

In the past few months, bassist Ben Harwood joined West and drummer Metch Brasch in the band.

"We knew Ben from another band we played gigs with in Seattle," said West. "When a vacancy opened up in our band, and Ben's band wasn't working as hard as he would have liked, he joined us."

That's one of the reasons Iceage Cobra is on the road — to see how well the band fits together.

"So far, it's been going great," said West. "We also decided to test this lineup because we wanted to be in fine form before we try to play in front of a skeptical home crowd in Seattle. We don't want them saying we were better before. We want them to know we are still as good as we were and, hopefully in some instances, better than before."

If you go . . .

What: Iceage Cobra

Where: Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East

When: Wednesday, 9 p.m.

How much: $5

Phone: 355-4949


E-mail: [email protected]