Baji’s had a great run playing shows in Boulder and Denver, but the local band’s calling it quits.
The members of the local indie pop/rock outfit will be heading their separate ways after tonight’s Club 156 farewell show.
Hunter Nakazono is Baji’s guitarist and he was happy to talk about the band’s bittersweet last hurrah at the University of Colorado.
When: 8 tonight
Where: Club 156, University Memorial Center, CU campus, Boulder
Q: How did the band start its career ?
A: We started Baji when we were in our senior year of high school. That was five years ago.
We picked up a fanbase and three of us came up to Boulder to start school. We went on to play over 75 shows. We got to play the Ogden, the Bluebird, the Fox and Club 156.
We won several battle of the bands, and we got to open for bands like Tickle Me Pink and Apples In Stereo. We were really excited about those gigs — and we’ve sold out shows at Club 156.
Q: How would you describe Baji’s music blend?
A: I would describe the music as indie pop with a classical rock vibe.
Our music evolved as we went on, but just not in obvious ways. We became better technical musicians and our shows became a lot tighter.
We probably progressed more into the self-production of our music and became more well-rounded musicians.
Q: What made Baji decide to call it quits?
A: We just got an offer that we thought would be ‘it’ to sign a contract with this indie label. It made us have to decide what we wanted to do next.
My little brother Nick still has two more years left in college and the rest of us were out of school. We wanted to take this on the road, but asking my brother to leave school would’ve been too much.
The other guys in the band wanted to pursue grad school. We were all caught in the crossroads of our lives.
There was nothing wrong with the chemistry of the band and we threw around every possibility. It made us realize what we really wanted.
So we decided we’d play our last gig and part as really good friends.
Q: Will the band ever get back together?
A: For now, we’re going to work on other stuff.
We have a chemistry that we haven’t experienced with other musicians — we had something really special. We’ve talked about making a recording next summer.
This break-up was all about timing, but we may do something together in the future. I’m moving to L.A. in a few weeks to find a job and start a new band.
Q: What’s planned for the last show?
A: We’re definitely going to play some of our older songs. We also have some fun covers in mind.
It will be a very bittersweet show and we’ve talked about how sad it is.
It’s been the most amazing time for us and our fans. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without this band experience.