Tough Resin: The Epoxies Glue Together the Weird and the Wonderful

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Sitting down and getting ready to call Roxy Epoxy from The Epoxies was a technological breakdown from the beginning. I called her and she answered but couldn't hear me. An annoyed "hello" repeated itself until she hung up. I called back. We finally started off the interview with what I thought was the most obvious question, "What does epoxy mean, and why did you choose it?" She starts joking around and states that the keyboardist is the person I should actually be talking to because he is a carpenter. To her it just means "two parts, and you have to mix it together to make it super sticky."

[The Epoxies]The Epoxies used to be called The Adhesives and, just like Black Sabbath, had to change their name from Earth because of the same occurrence, so they adopted Roxy's stage name. Learning examples from history, have you heard anything from the band Earth lately?

Long before The Epoxies decided upon their name, they had a method behind the strobe light, electric-tape madness.

"When we were talking about forming this band, there was a lot of down-and-dirty rock n' roll stuff in Portland. Synthesizers and a crazy stage show were uncool and unheard of. We wanted to pull the synthesizer out of the closet because it was the most uncool instrument at that time." In their attempt to be uncool and out-of-line, they've come upon a style and type of show that is more than different—it's groundbreaking and literally extra-ordinary.

At this point, Roxy let me know that she is driving and apologizes for any "unprofessional" answers. I assured her that unordinary interviews are my specialty, being that my last interview was done as soon as the interviewee got out of the shower.

She now informs me that she is parking her car as I ask her if breaking into the mainstream is one of the goals of The Epoxies. Cursing her new neighbors that ignorantly took her parking spot, she replied, "If it happens, it happens, and if it doesn't, it doesn't. If we're gonna sit here and make the goal to make it commercial, then more likely than not it's just bound to be a constant disappointment. It's definitely not the goal, because if it was, you kind of lose purity in what you're doing and you're just kind of doing what you think will make you big versus what you enjoy doing."

"If you're not planning on making it big specifically, are there any general goals for The Epoxies?" I asked. She begins to answer while sitting in her car when she realizes her cell phone is going to die. She keeps trying to start a sentence but gets distracted at her phone's loss of power. She begins to sing to me as she rolls up her window, runs up her stairs and plugs her phone in. A few more incoherent beginnings of an intelligent conversation are brought up, but are all interrupted with "Damnit" and "Shit ... my phone isn't taking the juice!" The phone finally falls dead and I find myself missing the entertaining singing.

She calls back and I answer the phone, "SLUG Magazine?"

"Hi, is Allison there?"

"Is this Roxy?"


"Yeah, my name is Katie," I say.

Laughs are exchanged as we begin yet another conversation doomed for failure, about forgetting names and faces. The phone cuts out again, I call her back, she gives me her home phone, I call her home, and the interview is rescued.

We bullshit about cell phones for a minute, then I try to steer the conversation back on track with the question I asked 10 minutes ago, about general goals for The Epoxies.

"I just want to keep moving forward," said Roxy. "I think the reason our music is so different is because we all come from different backgrounds. Our guitarist grew up listening to a lot of heavy metal, our keyboardist—when I first met him—all he would listen to was No Means No and the Dead Kennedys; our drummer is a Southern California boy; I grew up being exposed constantly to classical music. We all have a huge variety behind us."

Because The Epoxies have no dictated direction musically or artistically, Roxy states that sometimes the band jokes about growing facial hair, wearing jeans and T-shirts, and sitting down to play.

Upon finishing the Y2K-scare of phone conversations, I understood that The Epoxies are a band that will continue to do what they love because they love it. Trying to be uncool has failed for them because they are now looked upon as groundbreaking instead of weird. And that anyone who even looks at this interview should undoubtedly find themselves at the Epoxies, Aquabats and Phenomenauts show @ In the Venue July 13, preferably in "Epoxy" attire (see photo)!