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Dishwalla rides a new wave of popularity

Alternative rock band Dishwalla is experiencing a resurgence in its career.

Alternative rock band Dishwalla is experiencing a resurgence in its career.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Scot Alexander is enjoying a second chapter in his music career.

The bassist for Dishwalla had given up his career when he moved to Boise, Idaho.

“I was done with music,” he says during a recent phone interview. “I moved with my wife from Santa Barbara (Calif.) to Boise and we opened up a Keva Juice. I sold it a few years later when the economy tanked.”

Now Alexander and the guys from Dishwalla, which includes Rodney Browning Cravens, Jim Wood, George Pendergast and Justin Fox, are riding a new wave with their tours.

Dishwalla – like other bands from the 1990s – have had a resurgence in popularity thanks in part to bundled shows with other ’90s bands.

The band was widely known for its 1996 single, “Counting Blue Cars,” which was a radio staple.

“It was nice to have that success,” he says. “But now that we’re out on tour, we’ve seen the world change.”

Alexander says the record industry also has changed.

“We’re beginning to write new music and it’s a little tricky,” he says. “There are two of us that don’t live in Santa Barbara anymore, so we’re doing everything through the Internet.”

Alexander says that going the indie route was right for the band.

“We have a great following for the band,” he says. “So a major label isn’t needed because they only put up the money for marketing and stuff. Since we’ve been around for awhile, we don’t need that introduction to the world.”

As Dishwalla continues to tour, Alexander says performing is second nature to all of the guys in the band.

“Although we haven’t been together for 20 straight years, once we get back together, it’s special,” he says. “It’s different this time around because we don’t have many pressures. We have found the fun again in playing music and that’s made a lot of the difference.”