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Bobble Tiki has a confession – the truth about a side of Bobble Tiki that often embarrasses him just a little.

Bobble Tiki has a definite sweet tooth for uber-produced, catchy as hell, beautiful people endorsed, crazy hooded sweatshirt with crazy dragon pattern wearing, KISS 106.1 ready pop rock.

It’s true. Sometimes, when Bobble Tiki is stuck in traffic, or swaying to and fro on the treadmill listening to his Ipod (Bobble Tiki has no legs, remember), he’s not really listening to the latest indie sheik band or tuned into one of the few remaining respected FM frequencies.

Nope, he’s digging on the pop rock – and especially pop rock like that of Doxology, who will play Jazzbones tonight, Friday, Feb. 6.

If you too are a fan of ear friendly, new school pop rock – Doxology may have already captured your interests. The band’s energized and engaging live shows have been winning fans over since Doxology’s creation in 2004, and the band’s updated approach to crafting bigger than life pop has won over more than a few ears. The band has major radio airplay and even had one of their compositions ripped off by American Idol David Cook  - a version of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” that’s well known to Doxology fans. Cook later gave credit where credit was due.

This week, Bobble Tiki caught up with Doxology Lead singer Luke McPherson, to check in with the up-and-coming hit makers and gauge the band’s excitement heading into Tacoma for what should be another memorable performance.

Bobble Tiki: It seems like Doxology has been on a pretty constant upward trajectory since the start. How do you guys stay focused amidst the success? Is it easy, or does it require a certain amount of mental discipline?

McPherson: Well, we try not to take all the hype of being in a rock band too seriously. We really try and focus on the music. Any successes that we’ve had have been based on the success of our songs. It might sound corny, but for us, it really is all about trying to create great music. If we can accomplish that, and really stay focused on writing, recording and performing great music, then all the other stuff seems to take care of itself.

Tiki: You've played Jazzbones a few times. What are your impressions of Tacoma and the room at Jazzbones? Do you have a strong following here? Is the Boneyard an appropriate venue for your talents?

McPherson: Tacoma’s our home town. Three of us were born and raised here, and we all call it our home. We’ve played all over the country, and it’s obviously fun getting out on the road. But there is something special about playing your hometown. It’s great when your mom and dad and friends from high school can come see you play. And Jazzbones is great. It’s kind of our home base venue. We like to come back to it a few times a year. It’s just one of those clubs that really makes us feel at home and comfortable.

Tiki: Bobble Tiki think it takes a special kind of person to decide to pursue music as epic as that of Doxology. It's kind of ballsy in a way to have aspirations so big and pop. Would you agree? What drew you in this direction?

McPherson: Well thanks for saying that. Yeah, I agree. I don’t know. We just do what we do, you know? There are so many great bands out there. It’s tough to set yourself apart. I guess we all kind of have a flair for the dramatic, which is weird ‘cause we’re all pretty laid back guys. But musically, we just like to really go for it. Most pop music exists on one plane and doesn’t really take you on much of a journey the way that jazz, or classical or classic rock can. We want our music to really mean something to people, and to us. So I guess we tend to go for the epic before we resort to the ordinary, or the tried and tested. It’s just in our nature to try and push things further and further.

Bobble Tiki: Talk a little about the David Cook, “Eleanor Rigby” thing. Bobble Tiki remembers when it was going on and was happy to see it worked out. Was it a difficult experience at the time? What did you guys do to rectify the situation? Now that it's in the past, do you think the experience has helped forward the band?

McPherson: Honestly, it was kind of a difficult experience. You know, we took a lot of flack for the way we handled it. A lot of people criticized us saying we were exploiting the situation and just trying to seek our 15 minutes of fame. We really just wanted credit for what we knew was ours. We knew it, they knew it, David Cook knew it. And in the end that’s exactly what happened when he gave us credit on the show. I think we did what we felt we needed to do to feel good about the situation. We may have lost a few fans, but in the end, we gained a lot more than we lost.  Overall, it was a good experience, and we learned a lot from it.

Tiki: Bobble Tiki is sure you guys have already accomplished many of your goals. Where does it go from here?

McPherson: From here, it goes into the studio. We are headed back to London Bridge in Seattle to finish up work on the new album. That should be completed in the next few months. From there, we’re gonna hit the road. We’re pretty anxious to get out and tour this spring and summer. And we’re looking forward to what comes next. We’re a pretty ambitious group of guys. We have pretty lofty goals. We’re certainly not ever comfortable with where we are. We always wanna do bigger and better things. We think it’s gonna be a pretty big year for us. 

Tiki: What's one thing fans should know about the band that they probably don't?

McPherson: Ummm… we’re all a bunch of nerds. I guess people may already know that, but we really are. Never been a fan of “too cool for school” type of bands. We’re goofy. We like Star Wars and eat wheat free cookies, ya know? The stereotypical rock band thing gets a little old I think. We kind of fancy ourselves the opposite.. We really just want to make great songs. And we hope we get the chance to do that for a long, long time.

[Jazzbones, with The Joshua Cain Band, 9 p.m., $10, all ages until 11pm, 2803 Sixth Ave Tacoma, 253.396.9169]

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