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BLATHO, Born Loser and the Hangers On

Born Loser and the Hangers On is a five-piece “theatrical rock” band from Arizona. Also known as BLATHO, the band formed in 2009 as a six piece and released their debut EP, BLATHO, in March 2011.

Lead singer Chelsey Louise, who did musical theatre for more than five years, is a fan of Nirvana. Classically-trained pianist Jenny Rebecca has been playing piano for almost 15 years and loves the music of Regina Spektor. Benny Miller plays metal guitar and enjoys bands such as Trivium and Metallica. Bassist Robert Ciuca is all about Dave Matthews Band and drummer Adam Salow is the ultimate Blink 182 fan.

But even with so much variation in taste, BLATHO has settled on a sound that their fans describe as unique, interesting and unexpected. “It’s a lot of really weird styles all coming together to play really weird music,” says Louise.

The band takes pride in their live performances. “I feel like if you muted the music…you could imagine it being a stage play,” says Rebecca. For the group, theatrical rock means having a storyline, acting it out, and being interactive during performances. “It’s supposed to be an experience to go to a show,” says Louise.

BLATHO believes that it is important to represent more than music. “When you’re in a band, you’re being representative of something and so I was like, ‘Well, if we’re going to be representative of something, I’m going to make it something I care about…The whole band cares about,'” says Louise. “It’s just a good idea, if you have any sort of status to take a stance on something because you can make a change.”

Recently, the band started the “I’m a Loser” campaign, centered on the belief that we are all different and therefore all the same. The campaign encourages people to celebrate diversity.

Born Loser and the Hangers On have also dedicated themselves to LGBT issues by working with organizations such as 1n10 and the Human Rights Campaign. “It doesn’t even make sense to me that you’d have to fight for an issue like this. I think that’s ridiculous. It’s not even an ISSUE, ” says Louise. The group admits that they’re more involved in the social side of the LGBT debate, not the politics. “I know about life, I don’t know about politics,” admits Louise. Still, the band members have made an effort to help as many people as they can and in doing so, have become close with their fans. Louise jokes, “We don’t have any fans that aren’t friends anymore.”

The band’s main objective: “We try to be fun. There’s no point in doing anything if it’s not fun,” says Louise.

On Friday, Oct. 7, BLATHO, along with Super Stereo, will perform at a free Sources of Strength Celebration hosted by 1n10. The event, which kicks off a suicide prevention campaign titled “My Sources of Strength,” features artwork by 1n10 youth and a community art wall. Local youth, community, and suicide-prevention organizations will be present to provide “resources and information regarding risk factors, warning signs, methods of pursuing help, and ways to engage in healthy and empowering activities,” reads the 1n10 website.


WHO: Local bands Born Loser and The Hangers On and Super Stereo, DJ Musa
WHAT: Music, art, and community showcase launching 1n10’s suicide prevention campaign
WHERE: Civic Space Park, 424 N Central Ave
WHEN: During First Fridays artwalk – Oct. 7, 6 P.M.

For more information about the event, visit the 1n10 website or the Facebook event page.


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