BOULDER, Colo. –
“Half-assed superheroes” by day, rock stars by night.
That’s the how Louisville’s Pattermann brothers sum up their band, Gription.
The bandmates — Tom and Vince Pattermann, plus Nate Folz and Eric “Sully” Sullivan — live in the same house. They go to work together each day at a Boulder computer-repair shop.
And they come home and play music together.
“These guys are family,” said Tom Pattermann, the band’s guitarist. “It’s everything we have. It gets kind of boring when they’re not around.”
Plenty of musicians have day jobs; but for the members of Gription, it’s more than just that — they own a full-time business.
Last year, the Pattermann brothers and their bandmates purchased PC Express, 2789 Iris Ave., where the whole band now works. Lead singer Vince Pattermann said he and his bandmates provide “the best service we possibly can for the lowest price.”
“We’ve seen so many computer repair places who take advantage of the knowledge of the customer and that’s just not fair,” Vince Pattermann said. “We’re not trying to get rich off of this. We’re just trying to provide an awesome service for a much lower price than the competition.”
Gription formed in 2003 while the band’s members lived in Hudson, Wisc. Shortly thereafter, a house fire destroyed just about everything they owned — except their instruments.
“The fire forced us, literally, to live a more communal lifestyle with each other,” Tom Pattermann said. “We just didn’t have anything.”
Vince Pattermann agreed: “We love each other like brothers. It’s so important for a band to be close.”
Since arriving in Colorado, the band’s members — who live together in Louisville — have recorded a CD with Fort Collins producer Bill Stevenson, best known as a member of legendary punk group The Descendents.
The band’s members say being able to record at Stevenson’s Blasting Room Studios was a major deciding factor in the move to Colorado.
Gription will play a CD-release party at the New Foundry in Boulder on April 25.
Meanwhile, the rockers are busy fixing computers at their shop.
“I think that it does provide an excellent contrast for life,” Vince Pattermann said of the dual career track. “By day you live a very logical life — you fix everything by steps.
“And then you get to play rock’n’roll, so it really whets our creative desire to entertain.”