“Sinnerman, where you gonna run to? Oh, sinnerman, where you gonna run to? Where you gonna run to, all on that day?” –traditional song
WELL I RUN TO THE ROCK- PLEASE HIDE ME!
“Let’s run through it one more time, then listen to the CD.” Danny Price tells this to his band, The Loose Change. They are practicing a set of mostly covers for a St. Patrick’s Day show at a Riverwest bar known simply as The Pub. They are trying to get down a cover of a traditional song, “Sinnerman”, made popular by Nina Simone. It is an intensely soulful rolling piece.
“When I first heard her version of ‘Sinnerman’, there wasn’t another song I listened to for a week.” Price says of the piece.
The Loose Change, Paul Setser, keyboard, Ben Rousseau, bass, Russ Nadasdy, guitar and Ken Zanowski, drums, are crowded in Setser’s living room in his second floor flat. The drum set is set up by the couch, the keyboard by the TV, and everyone somewhere between. All the members have a glass of wine within arms reach.
They jam through the song pretty reasonably, and then listen to Simone’s version. Paul plays along lightly on the keyboard and Ken adds a couple cymbal splashes. They start into the song, faster this time, and add a break down where the band claps the rhythm with their hands. They run through the song one more time and they have it down tightly. They then run through a couple more covers, “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis, and the traditional Irish drinking song “Nancy Whiskey”, which is sure to get the crowd singing along.
SO I RUN TO THE RIVER, IT WAS BLEEDIN’- ALL ON THAT DAY
Danny Price grew up listening to pop music and country, and in his adolescence discovered punk and metal.
“Now I try to incorporate all those different styles that I grew up loving into our music.” Price says. Price looks and sings like a sailor who just got leave off a ship of the damned. When he sings, his face is concerned, as if he is feeling all the pain he sings about.
Danny, Paul, and Ken played the first Loose Change show as a trio on Christmas Eve, 2006 at the Circle A. The three also play in the burlesque themed band Eat The Mystery. Smoky torch singer Angie Livermore sings with Eat The Mystery and often joins in with the Loose Change at shows. Ben and Russ joined the band a year later.
OH I RUN TO THE SEA, IT WAS BOILIN’- ALL ON THAT DAY
“I said POWER (Power lord!) POWER (Power Lord!) POWER!” The Loose Change are performing “Sinnerman” at The Pub, Danny Price screaming “Power!” over and over, The Loose Change clapping and singing “Power Lord!” in response. They are shoved in a corner, more cramped than they are in the living room. The crowd is festive for St.Patty’s Day; everyone is shoulder to shoulder, clinking glasses and enjoying the music.
This article appeared in a slightly diffrent form in the Shepherd Express