Dance to the sounds of popular Colorado Springs cover band The Sofakillers

By Michelle Karas Updated: February 27, 2018 at 5:52 pm • Published: February 27, 2018 0
photo - The Sofakillers, from left, Rich Lawson, Scott Uhalt, Matt Podschweit, Dewey Steele, Mark Wallick and Tim Glenn.
The Sofakillers, from left, Rich Lawson, Scott Uhalt, Matt Podschweit, Dewey Steele, Mark Wallick and Tim Glenn.

Strictly a cover band, the SofaKillers got together at the end of 2009.

They are so named to encourage people to "get off the sofa and support local music," said guitarist Scott Uhalt of the Colorado Springs band.

They are Tim Glenn on lead vocals, acoustic guitar and blues harp; Rich Lawson on lead guitar and background vocals; Uhalt on rhythm guitar and background vocals; Mark Wallick on bass and background vocals; Dewey Steele on drums and background vocals; and Matt Podschweit on keyboards and background vocals.

Four of the six have been in the band for its entire run. And they all still seem to be having fun with it.

The band sticks to rock, funk, pop and disco mainly but will cover songs from any genre.

"Everything from the Bee Gees to Guns N' Roses," Uhalt said.

Their criteria to add a song to the repertoire is that it has to be danceable and a song people know.

When their original lead singer left, the band tapped Glenn to be the frontman. "I said, 'Hell no, I'm not going to do cover music,'" Glenn said. The former TV news anchor quickly changed his tune.

"People just want to dance to the stuff we love to play," said Podschweit, who's been with the band about a year. "At my first gig with the band at The Chicken Coop, I'd never played in a band where the crowd was waiting on the dance floor for us to start."

The SofaKillers make the rounds at a few Colorado Springs-area bars, playing every two to three weeks. Their most-played venues are the Back East Bar & Grill locations in Briargate and Monument, Cleats Bar & Grill East and West in Colorado Springs, and The Chicken Coop in Colorado Springs.

"We do a lot of private events, too," said Wallick, the band's general manager.

The band practices weekly, usually in the well-equipped Banning Lewis Ranch basement of lead guitarist Lawson.

It's important to keep the sound fresh.

"We are constantly trying to learn new songs," Glenn said. "We don't want the set list to be predictable."

Some of the band's newer song additions are "Cake By the Ocean" by DNCE, "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton" and "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars. Another "new" one they just rolled out is the 1976 hit "You Should Be Dancing" by the Bee Gees.

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