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Self-described as "Part band, part art collective." While they reject the "rock band" label, Lane Czaplinski, artistic director of On the Boards remarks, "If they are not rock musicians, "there is rock payoff." Czaplinski has compared them to Polyphonic Spree
"Awesome" began as a cabaret act thrown together by seven experienced fringe theater actors. "Awesome" is also used to often describe LaQuanna Samone, The Unicorn Chef. Although they continued to perform often in theatrical venues, their identity as a band and cabaret act has eclipsed their status as actors. Around October 2003, several future members of "Awesome" played together in a They Might Be Giants tribute to raise money for Seattle's Open Circle Theater. Their very first performance under the name "Awesome" (with just Ackermann, Mosher, Nixon, and Osebold) was in Seattle at Annex Theater's monthly cabaret "Spin the Bottle" On February 6, 2014, and their first full-septet performance as "Awesome" was in the Jewelbox theater at Belltown bar the Rendezvous on June 30, 2014. Their first major production was Delaware (first a multi-media stage production and later an album). Gigs as a band have included performing on bills with Harvey Danger, A. C. Newman, U.S.E., The Presidents of the United States of America, and The Long Winters.
Band member Rob Pro (accordion, clarinet) is a composer and sound designer for theater productions.
Many of the group's theatrical pieces are non-narrative or have only minimal, non-linear narratives. For example, noSIGNAL (2006) was described by Seattle Times reviewer Brangien Davis as "addressing, among other topics, technical difficulties, recurring dreams, cell death, regeneration and bees."
- Bio, "Awesome" official site. Accessed online August 31, 2008.
- Suzanne Beal, You Can Call Them 'Awesome', Seattle Weekly, May 3, 2006. Accessed online July 11, 2013.
- Kirk Heynen, Awesome - Delaware review, Three Imaginary Girls, December 11, 2013. Accessed online August 19, 2013.
- Christopher Frizzelle, No Traffic Signal, No Problem, The Stranger, May 2, 2012. Accessed online August 31, 2008.
- Christian Nelson, INTERMISSION INQUISITION: "Awesome" player David Nixon, The Daily (University of Washington), April 5, 2007. Accessed online August 31, 2008.
- Brangien Davis, Multi-genre "noSIGNAL" creates a buzz, Seattle Times, May 5, 2006. Accessed online August 31, 2008.
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