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Tune into Tamarama, Vail

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyNicolas Potts, left, and Jay Lyon started the band Tamarama six years ago and will play in Vail Thursday night

VAIL, Colorado “-The Who. The Flaming Lips. The Doors. The Killers.

There’s a plethora of bands that start with “the.” That fact doesn’t escape Nicolas “Pottsy” Potts, whose band plays in Vail, Colorado Thursday, but it also didn’t convince him to put a “the” in front of his band name, either.

“We didn’t want to be another ‘the’ band,” he said. “Every band seems to be ‘the someones.’ We wanted it to be a word that didn’t mean anything to anyone.”

That’s why the Australian duo “-Potts and Jay Lyon “-decided on Tamarama, a name that resonates with both of their roots.

Tamarama is a tiny beach in Sydney, Australia, near where both Potts and Lyon grew up. They spent many sunny days surfing, hanging out and, of course, playing music on that sandy shore.

It’s fitting then that their easy-going lyrics and laid-back sound ” a combination of folk, rock and reggae rhythms ” is perfect beach music.

Potts and Lyon, 25 and 24 years old respectively, originally met in Australia and reconnected while they were traveling around the world in 2003, Potts said.

“We met up in Tokyo and were hanging out, writing some tunes together,” Potts said during a recent phone interview from New York. “We quickly figured out we had something happening and came up with a few songs in a few days ” songs we still use today.”

The band is now based a world away from Australia, in New York City.

“We felt like if we’re going to try and base ourselves anywhere other than Australia, why not the Big Apple?” Potts said. “There’s a great music scene here and lots of labels based here.”

But despite the move, the duo’s vibe is still very low-key beach party. Think Jack Johnson meets The Police with a side of Paul Simon.

Recently Potts and Lyon have been working with producer David Kahne on pre-production of their first studio album, which they hope to release by early 2010.

“He worked with Sublime, which is definitely one of my favorite bands,” Potts said. “We have a whole bunch of material ” 30 or 40 songs we’ve written and right now we’re playing them to him.”

Kahne will likely trash half of the songs and hone the rest into the finished product, Potts said.

“Who knows what we’ll come out with,” he said.

The band is taking a break from production to come to Vail this week. Tamarama plays a free show at Checkpoint Charlie Thursday night for the Teva Mountain Games. Potts thinks the band’s music will be a good fit for the games.

“It really suits our music, the whole outdoor athletic festival,” he said.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

What: Tamarama performs; DJ Golden b will open

Where: Checkpoint Charlie, Vail

When: 6 p.m., Thursday

Cost: Free

More information: Visit http://www.tevamountaingames.com

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