Sucker: one-night band |

Sucker: one-night band

Laura A. Ball
Special to the DailySucker plays Samana Friday night in Vail for a free show at 10. It's the first time the band has played in Vail in two years.

VAIL – Like a good friend you haven’t talked to in years, Sucker reunites tonight in Vail and they’re picking up right where they left off. The good vibes start pouring out of Samana in the village at 9 p.m., and the love fest is free of charge.From the start, Sucker was a band that wanted to make its own statement about music. Primarily playing originals, its sound embodies a cutting edge rock infused with reggae and elements of funk, hip-hop, punk and metal. Its message is of awareness, not in the preaching sense of the word, but one of understanding the world we live in.The band that vocalist Scott Stoughton and guitarist Rodney Coquia founded in the fall of ’97 hasn’t been heard in Vail in more than two years. “It was time. I think there’s just a craving that never really goes away,” Stoughton said. ” We’ve all been really busy, and everyone’s doing really well. It’s gonna be a good time and also an excuse to hang out with these guys.”

In the evolution of Sucker, drummer Tyler Bender, bassist Aaron Snyder and keyboardist Steve Zidiac found their way into the mix. The band got together last summer at State Bridge Lodge minus Zidiac. The band never really called it quits. It just lost momentum.”People were buying houses and getting married and hooking up with other projects,” Stoughton said. “We had a lot of people scouting us. We were trying to figure out who was good and who was bad. We had some problem children. It was kind of like an emotional roller coaster for me.””The more and more we played, the more and more it became a full-time part of our lives,” Coquia said. “You kind of miss playing for fun. It can get too serious.”Since Sucker disengaged, Stoughton has been busy managing Samana and Coquia has been working as a massage therapist in the valley. Zidiac lives in Boulder and plays full time with Citizen Cope. Snyder, formerly of the Boulder-based Jive, plays jazz around town, and Tyler plays with Liza and just finished touring with Eric Lindell.

Now that the band has stepped back from the daily pressures of being a success, it’s a lot more fun.”It’s just all about the fun right now and playing just to play,” Stoughton said. “It’s gonna be really fun to see who comes out of the woodwork. I’ve already heard of some critters. And it definitely makes me really excited that there are people who want to see us.”Critters and fans alike can expect to hear the best of Sucker tonight, songs like “The function,” “Mystic Life” and “Shut up.” “The energy has always been pretty tight between all the players,” Coquia said. “But now that our shows are fewer and far between, the energy is definitely up.”This is the only show Sucker plans to play in Vail this summer, although there’s talk of some shows in the fall.

“Will we ever full-on tour again and make new records? Probably not,” Stoughton said. “But never say never. Living it without expectations is a cool way to ride.”Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 619, or, Colorado

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