If you want to get your name out in the music business, you've got to have drive and determination. And, one band's got just that.
The Albany-based band Moxie was formed in 2004 by friends Mike Cappadozy, who played lead guitar; Paul Borrello, who played drums; Chris Dukes on rhythm guitar and vocals; and Mike Thomas on guitar and vocals. The goal was to put together "a tight cover band to play for fun and a bit of money on the side," said Dukes. The name was coined by Borrello, with the thought of describing the band's "big sound in one word."
"What separates us from the pack, I think, is that we have very strong vocals and top notch musicianship in one," said Dukes. "Live music is a funny thing. It's not just about being good at your instrument though. It's also about how well the people on the stage communicate with each other and the crowd."
The concert experience gets even more exciting, said Dukes, when the crowd "gives a bit of energy back to the band."
"Moxie collectively has a certain magic about it when it's firing on all cylinders and I think that people can hear and feel it," said Dukes.
The band today consists of co-founders Dukes and Thomas along with Pete Vroman on lead guitar and vocals, Dave Teta on drums and Robert Booker on bass.
"If you were to Google all the names of the players in the band, a number of different projects both current and old would pop up," said Booker. "But, that's the beauty of Moxie - everyone within the five piece bands brings their own swagger to the live performances and music and it gels together perfectly."
Moxie has played together across the Northeast, but their first show in Plattsburgh was at the Naked Turtle back in May 2008. It was one the band really enjoyed, said Teta.
"We got a great response from that show," he said, adding the band was asked to come back only a few weeks later. "Since then, we have been back at the Turtle and have played a handful of shows over at Olive Ridley's."
Though Moxie itself is successful, said Dukes, each of the band members works on their own side projects, proving each is "into the creation of music in general."
"Mike Thomas is an accomplished songwriter and plays his songs within his shows ... Pete has also been known to write songs for his own recordings as well," said Dukes, who even released a new solo album with Always Records Inc. called "Greater Than Me."
"We bring stuff we learn elsewhere to the table here, and it keeps it fresh," said Thomas.
"Typically though, we keep original songs to our respective original projects and though we play them live from time to time, we haven't had plans to make an album together as Moxie," added Dukes.
The band is slated to play the Naked Turtle this Friday, July 9, with plans to have more shows in Plattsburgh this fall, said Dukes.
"We have recently slowed down our show schedule to make some room for our other projects, but we will be keeping when we are able to play updated on our Web pages," he said.
Moxie can be found on Facebook and on MySpace at www.myspace.com/wegotmoxie. Video of their shows can also be found on-line at www.youtube.com/user/hendrixfreek.
(Editor's Note: This Friday night's show at the Naked Turtle begins at 10 p.m.)