MTHDS play in Vail Thursday |

MTHDS play in Vail Thursday

Caramie Schnell
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

The fact that the MTHDS opened three shows earlier this month for Method Man and Redman and this Saturday will open for the Greyboy Allstars at The Bluebird in Denver is a testament to the band’s adaptability.

“It’s cool that we are able to go from a major hip hop show to a New Orleans, funk show,” said the band’s guitarist/songwriter Johnny Schleper, a Vail native who helped found the band in 2007. “We’re writing music and always changing and trying different styles. I think that’s what makes us who we are.”

And indeed, the MTHDS songs are all across the board – from reggae to heavier, rock anthems and even some jammy psychedelic stuff. The song “Positive Movement” is a catchy hip hop number and the slick mariachi-band-turns-into-zombies video that goes alongside – watch it at –shows how much the band has grown since they got their start in Eagle County. The band’s sound has evolved over the years as well, Schleper said.

“We have moved more into a rock sound… in the beginning we wanted to have more of a hip-hop sound,” he said.

Those three back-to-back shows with Method Man and Redman – at The Fox in Boulder, The Aggie in Fort Collins and lastly at City Hall in Denver – all sold out and drew some of the biggest crowds the band has played in front of, except for when they toured with Collie Budz and played in front a few thousand people.

All in all, the shows went well, Schleper said.

“It was definitely the Wu-Tang crowd and they’re a little tougher,” Schleper said about how the band was received. “We had to rock through it and hopefully we gained a few fans, and probably a few haters, too. The last night was definitely the best. Looking out and seeing two full balconies of people and a full floor and people’s hands in the air, going all over the place. It was pretty fun.”

While the band started in Vail, the final holdout, Dustin Zentz, just moved to Denver with his fiance last week and the full band is now based in the Mile High City.

It’s been a good change for the band’s six members.

“I think Denver is one of the better music scenes right now in the country,” Schleper said. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity here. It’s a huge city, it’s very central and you meet a lot of people from around the country.”

The band celebrates its four-year anniversary this month. So is this where Schleper thought he’d be with the band four years in?

“I don’t know. Maybe. We thought we’d be huge,” Schleper said, laughing. “Nah, I think we’re doing pretty good. We have pretty high expectations but we’re pretty much where we wanted to be.”

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at or 970-748-2984.

• Saturday – at the Bluebird Theater in Denver (opening for Greyboy Allstars)

• April 22 –Belly Up in Aspen (opening for Collie Budz)

• May 13 –Acoustic show at Crossroads Theater in Denver

•-May 27-29 –Desert Rocks Festival in Moab, Utah

• July 8, 9 – Buzzstock Festival in Buzztown, MN

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