Strive Roots comes home |

Strive Roots comes home

Leslie Brefeld
Special to the Daily

Eli Lieberman couldn’t be in Torino for his girlfriend Hannah Teter’s gold-winning halfpipe run in the 2006 Olympics, but she could hear his support. Teter was listening to a song from Lieberman’s band Strive Roots when she won, and soon the whole world was tuning in.Unfortunately, the new CD, “Bioresonance Therapy” with the now-famous song “Communicate” wasn’t ready for sale. Lieberman said it was a frustrating experience to know that the band’s website acquired about 100,000 hits before noon the day she won, but the merchandise wasn’t available.Strive Roots, now based in San Diego, got its start and recorded its first album in Alma.Lieberman, also a competitive snowboarder and a former Team Summit coach, moved to Southern California with two members of the original 10-piece band about three years ago. Six months into the move the two who came with him quit the band and Lieberman met two San Diego natives to refill the band’s roster.Chris Polock, aka Father Time, had been a drummer for a metal band and a reggae band before joining Strive Roots. It’s a good match for Lieberman’s band, which he describes as the “tasty parts of reggae and metal mixed with ska roots.” Michael McBride on bass completes the trio.Lieberman said he encountered a different phenomenon when he got started trying to get gigs in California. “It took us about a year to truly understand that bands pay to do a big night. But we never took that on,” he said. “We’ve never been a band that pays to play.”He said through selective performances and media exposure they were able to do it their way. They now are getting headline shows, including a regular gig at Johnny Depp’s Viper Room.Lieberman’s move and financial ability to sustain the band have come from another aspect of his creativity.The 28-year-old lead singer said between the ages of 24 and 27 he was a borderline workaholic, but with all the things he loved to do.

“When I started the band I was blowing glass 10 hours a day, seven days a week. I would wake up at 6 in the morning (to coach snowboarding) and then play ’til 3 in the morning,” he said. He said his glassblowing art business, Fourth Dimension Glass, has infused about $40,000 into the music.”Glass is my savior,” he said. Fourth Dimension Studios is the umbrella name for his Fourth Dimension Studio (for recording) and Fourth Dimension Glass.Lieberman said he now only blows glass about 20-60 hours a month and the income is a buffer for unexpected costs.Strive Roots will perform at the at the Festival of the Clouds for a sunset performance today and at State Bridge River Resort in Bond Sunday.Vail, Colorado

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