Sliding through Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – In the beginning, Chicago band Lubriphonic had a reputation for tenacious improvisational live shows, most of which took place at the Windy City’s renowned Checkerboard Lounge. Not much has changed over the past eight years.
“We are a live band first and foremost,” said guitarist and band co-founder Giles Gorey. “There’s a palpable energy emitted by any large gathering of people. When you perform for an audience and give them positive energy, they take what you give them, amplify it and then throw it back to you. It’s a fantastic feeling.”
The seven-member band delivers a sound steeped in funk, soul and rock n’ roll. They performed a memorable show at Samana Lounge in Vail back in February. They return to town Friday for a show at the Sandbar before heading to perform at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass music festival. They open Saturday night, sharing a bill with The Black Crowes and Lynyrd Skynrd. Corey took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.
Vail Daily: You guys perform here the night before you head to Jazz Aspen, which is a pretty big deal in Colorado. Are you looking forward to that festival?
Giles Corey: I am absolutely looking forward to Jazz Aspen. First of all, it’s a prestigious festival, so it’s an honor to be invited to play. Also, festivals are always great because there’s so much going on. When we finish our set, there’s still so much music left to see. It’s like we are attending the festival as well as playing it.
VD: You’ve played with plenty of big names – Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Maceo Parker, Koko Taylor and more – who stands out?
GC: We all really liked opening for Maceo Parker in Denver this year. Truly a class act. The one that really stands out was opening for Derek Trucks Band in Chicago two years ago. We were added to the bill late and there was no opener advertised. So, at showtime, the house was packed and expecting Derek Trucks. The lights went down, the curtain went up – and silence. The sound of 1,500 people checking their ticket stubs.
VD: You’ve said before that you guys are first and foremost a live band. Why?
GC: We really need an audience, I think, to do what we do best. Some bands will get on stage and do whatever they’re going to do, regardless of whether there’s someone there to see it or not. We feed off of the energy of an audience. I think it’s what makes a performance authentic – the way a band interacts with a crowd, the way the crowd interacts with a band.
VD: Describe your favorite audience.
GC: Derek Trucks show, Vic Theater, Chicago, September 2008. Despite their silence at the beginning, they gave us a lot of love for the rest of the set.
VD: How long has the band been around? How did you get your start?
GC: When we started, everyone in the band was a side-man in other bands. Lube was something we did on the side. Then, around 2006 we started playing every Thursday night in Chicago at aliveOne. We built that up for a while, and really started touring full time across the country in 2008.
VD: How did you come up with the name? And I see on your website you go by Lube for short. Do you get a lot of bad jokes about your name?
GC: Honestly, a drummer friend of ours came up with it. We thought it was kind of funny at the time, and we didn’t hate it. So, we went with it. Lubrication and sound equals Lubriphonic.
High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.