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.