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A love letter to Albuquerque: Shoulder Voices pays homage to city’s music scene, bands

Albuquerque-based rock band Shoulder Voices is gearing up to release a new album in the coming months. (Courtesy of Wes Naman)

Albuquerque-based rock band Shoulder Voices is gearing up to release a new album in the coming months. (Courtesy of Wes Naman)

It takes work to have a band last more than a decade.

In Shoulder Voices’ case, the hard work has always been there.

For 14 years, Little Bobby Tucker has been at the helm of the band, which has carved out its own niche on the Albuquerque scene.

The band is currently gearing up to release its album in May and is doing a few shows to raise money for the CD pressing.

“We’re going to be playing some gigs,” Tucker says. “I’m also going to be doing some podcasts and doing some makeup booth tutorials.”

Shoulder Voices consists of Tucker, Ryan Sciarrotta, Joe Buffaloe, Kevin R. Elder, Mary Stockton and Amanda Pritchard. The band has released a handful of albums since its inception, as well as plenty of gigs around New Mexico and the region.

Tucker says the band has been working on original music for years, and has finished the majority of recording and mixing.

He says the music was written more like a group, which makes it more coherent.

“It’s like a soundtrack to a live show. There’s a beginning and an end.”

Not many local bands endure like Shoulder Voices and Tucker says that, when writing the new material, the band wanted to pay homage to the music scene in the Duke City.

“The music is like a love letter to the Albuquerque music scene,” he says. “We have songs about the bartenders and the bars. (The music) is very immediate and based on a true story. We also give props to many of the bands that have influenced us locally and some of the new bands that are making an impact.”

The four-week campaign will end with a show on May 13 at Sister.

Tucker is looking to give away items such as T-shirts, stuffed animals, roller skating parties, autographed pieces of broken keyboards and posters for those interested in helping with the campaign.

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