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Life on road rarely will pull over for break

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Howi Spangler is cruising toward Williamsburg, Va., and he can’t wait.

“We’ve had a couple weeks off after the Warped Tour and we’re getting back into touring,” he says during a recent phone interview. “We’ve gotten so used to life on the road that there’s no other way to live.”

Spangler is the lead singer/guitarist for the Baltimore-based reggae rock band Ballyhoo! The band also consists of Donald “Big D” Spangler on drums, JR “Mista J” Gregory on bass and Scott “DJ Blaze” Vandrey on keyboards and programming. It is touring in support of its 2011 effort, “Daydreams.”

Ballyhoo!
With Ben Jammin’ & The Skan Artists
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3
WHERE: Launchpad, 618 W. Central
HOW MUCH: $10 at www.holdmyticket.com or 886-1251

Ballyhoo! is a band that is never really off the road. It has toured with 311, Matisyahu, Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, The Dirty Heads and Pepper, which puts them in the category of road warriors.

“Every time we get a new tour, we’re stoked because the bands we tour with are some of our inspirations in music,” he says. “With this tour, we’re headlining and that’s always a fun thing to do.”

Aside from touring nonstop, Spangler can often be found writing new material and demos for the band. He hopes that during the winter, the band will have time to get back to recording material for a new album.

“The spring, summer and fall are our busy months and we like to stay on the road as much as we can,” he explains. “We need to sit down and see which direction the band is going to go with the new music. It’s always interesting to see what each one of us brings to the table. Although I’m always writing songs, each individual brings his own piece to the puzzle.”

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