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Listen to Mono in VCF Wednesday at the Laser Dome.

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Bobble Tiki loves Mono in VCF. Loves them. Bobble Tiki can’t think of a more original band from Tacoma, and Bobble Tiki can’t think of a band he’d rather spend the night with.

When Bobble Tiki realized Mono in VCF will be taking over the Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome in Seattle Wednesday, Nov. 14, for a listening party featuring the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut, his jaw hit the floor. Everyone has a record release show, but it takes real cajones to book the Laser Dome.

Then again, Mono in VCF has been ballsy in the past.

There were many who wondered how the addition of female presence Kim Miller would affect the already successful Mono in VCF when she joined the band in ’06. The buzz surrounding the band’s new record seems to indicate it hasn’t hurt.   

There were those who wondered if a bunch of kids from Tacoma could be the future of pop. The world-wide positive press and music critic endorsements Mono in VCF is racking up seem to indicate they can be.

Through an act of pure luck and electronic e-mail, Bobble Tiki caught up with Mono in VCF’s bassist, Jordan Luckman, who was nice enough to fill in the blanks surrounding the upcoming Laser Dome listening party, and Mono in VCF’s forthcoming self-titled debut, set for release via in November, then in stores in December.

BOBBLE TIKI: First of all, talk about the idea for the laser listening party. How\'d it come about and how was the plan hatched?

JORDAN LUCKMAN: Hunter (Lea) and I had been talking for a while about how we needed to develop our live show and make it more of an experience. For a record listening and release show, it made the most sense to do something drastically different with this album that we see as being equal parts cinematic, haunting and heavy. We saw the Beatles Love show in Vegas a couple months ago, which blew our minds. This is about the closest thing we can get to it in Seattle for our own music.

TIKI: What can people expect from the show?

LUCKMAN: It is our album presented with visuals. It\'s the perfect way to hear our album for the first time. I think the best thing about the show is getting people in to hear something for the first time in a controlled environment rather than a loud bar on Capitol Hill.

TIKI: The record comes out in less than two weeks. What are your feelings?

LUCKMAN: I\'ve heard the songs so many times that it\'s definitely time for other people to hear it. I think Mono In VCF is a really good starting point for where we want to go in the future. We\'re all proud of the album but ready to tour it in 2008 and get to record two. We\'d love to have longevity and be able to keep making records on a larger scale and have people be interested in what we\'ll do next. We never want to become complacent, and we want our sound to evolve with every album.

TIKI: What are you expecting the response to be?

LUCKMAN: I expect the album to do well. I think it\'s different and big enough that people will notice it. It\'s a huge, heavy record. It really should be played at a loud volume from start to finish.

TIKI: What\'s the strongest aspect of the new record?

LUCKMAN: I think the strongest aspect of the album is how clearly defined it is for a debut. That\'s what I am most proud of. It\'s moody and chic.

TIKI: How has the lineup change been accepted? Did you ever fear it wouldn\'t be? How has it made you stronger as a band?

LUCKMAN: At first when we came back with Kim (Miller) it didn\'t feel right. We probably all would have said that. But we took the time to really think about how to make it work, omitted some songs, defined the vision, and now it\'s the most fun we\'ve ever had.

TIKI: There\'s a lot of buzz around you guys at the moment (not necessarily a new thing). How are you dealing with it?

LUCKMAN: We\'re just working as hard as we can to have our music heard by anyone that will listen. I find that the further it goes the more I am not surprised. I feel we\'ve made something worth being talked about. I think we have really created our own sound and vision, and it\'s up to the people to decide if that\'s a good thing.

TIKI: Where are you headed?

LUCKMAN: Artistically we have no clue. We just want to keep making albums as much an experience as possible and even more than this one is. We have ideas for what we want to do but who knows if we\'ll even be able to get there? We have no money left to even press the album, so the album will first be available through digital download via The net is obviously the future and it should give us a good idea of where we are at in the public consciousness.

TIKI: Can Tacoma expect a Mono in VCF show sometime soon?

LUCKMAN: We\'ll play in Tacoma again. We\'re just taking some time to make sure of our next move. We want all our shows to be worthwhile and close to the sound on the album, so we\'re taking the time to develop that with a larger live band.

As always, Bobble Tiki doesn\'t really care what you do this week because he doesn\'t even know you. Unless you can explain to Mrs. Tiki that Bobble Tiki’s addiction to Court TV’s “Masterminds” is completely healthy, then he’s fairly certain he doesn’t want to meet you. Check out Breakfast with Bobble Tiki at

[Pacific Science Center, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m., all ages, 5 p.m., 200 Second Ave. N., Seattle, 206.443.2001]

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