PLATTSBURGH - Party Wolf wants people to get up and dance.
"Going out to a bar is about having fun, getting crazy and letting loose," said drummer Mikey Lemieux, "so what's the point of listening to a band at a bar if you can't dance to it?"
Lemieux and his friends - Ashley Kollar, Dan Bushey, Jamie Durivage and Ryan Hayden - have been talking for the past few years about forming their own band with a mission to do just that. And, earlier this year, they decided it was time to make it happen. They formed Party Wolf with two things in mind - to play covers of Top 40 hits people would dance to and to play those songs "as good, if not better than the original artists."
"We sifted through all the top hits of the past few years and dug out some classics, even changed them up a bit to make them more dancey and put our set list together based around that," said Lemieux.
Getting their sound down was easy, because the five are no strangers to the local music scene.
Kollar, who does vocals and plays keyboard for the band, has played in the Mero Factor and performed with Glass Onion. Kollar also does her own solo shows and co-hosts a karaoke night at Olive Ridley's. Bushey, who's on guitar, and Durivage, who's on bass, used to play in one of the first bigger local bands called Hobnail, then in Perfect Salesman with Lemieux. The three guys joined Hayden - who also plays guitar - playing in a band from Vermont called Drowningman, which even had a video played on MTV. Hayden and Lemieux also used to also play in the successful local band Hello Control, known for their many originals.
"We aren't interested in doing originals, we've all done that, we just want to have fun and play fun, popular music," Lemieux said of Party Wolf.