Band puts ‘fun’ in ‘butt funk’

Group has played in Pullman, Moscow, plan to hold mini-tour before Thanksgiving

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Band puts ‘fun’ in ‘butt funk’

From left to right: Street Couch vocalist and frontman Kyle Harding , bassist McKenzie Miller, drummer Keenan Wright and guitarist Eddie Rohosy. Wright described their sound as a blend of funk, blues, R&B and punk.

From left to right: Street Couch vocalist and frontman Kyle Harding , bassist McKenzie Miller, drummer Keenan Wright and guitarist Eddie Rohosy. Wright described their sound as a blend of funk, blues, R&B and punk.

COURTESY OF KYLE HARDING

From left to right: Street Couch vocalist and frontman Kyle Harding , bassist McKenzie Miller, drummer Keenan Wright and guitarist Eddie Rohosy. Wright described their sound as a blend of funk, blues, R&B and punk.

COURTESY OF KYLE HARDING

COURTESY OF KYLE HARDING

From left to right: Street Couch vocalist and frontman Kyle Harding , bassist McKenzie Miller, drummer Keenan Wright and guitarist Eddie Rohosy. Wright described their sound as a blend of funk, blues, R&B and punk.

ANNA YOUNG, Evergreen reporter

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If you ask local band Street Couch what its one regret is, it’s that they don’t have a band member from Oregon.

Drummer Keenan Wright, guitarist Eddie Rohosy, vocalist and frontman Kyle Harding and bassist McKenzie Miller, all WSU students, still come from all over the West Coast — Alaska, California, and western and eastern Washington respectively.

And though Wright said having someone from Oregon would complete the coastal chain, the current distance between hometowns means Street Couch has to go on sabbatical every summer.

Does that stunt the creative process? Not necessarily.

“We write songs really quick,” Rohosy said. “We wrote a song for our show [Saturday] four days before.”

According to Miller, that’s not a record time, either.

“Our first original took 16 minutes to write,” he said.

The band described their sound as “butt funk” — a blend of funk, blues, R&B and punk, Wright said. Harding added jazz to the list and said if people can dance to it, they’ll play it. They might take a funky song, Wright said, and make it punkier, or otherwise put their own spin on it.

COURTESY OF KYLE HARDING

“We’re very loud as a band,” Miller said.

They said they plan to take that loudness on the road, too. Rohosy said they’ve played in Pullman and Moscow, but they want to do a “mini-tour” the weekend before Thanksgiving Break, hitting up places like Spokane, Lewiston and Seattle. They want to be recorded by then, too, he said.

Wright said the precedent set by other local bands like NUU WAVE and North Paw has helped Street Couch perform and get established in the community. Miller specifically cited Dave Snider, a School of Music and jazz combo instructor, as a helpful guide on the road to gigging.

“We’re fortunate that there have been a lot of people who have done this before us,” Wright said.

The band also gave a shoutout to a WSU Sigma Phi Epsilon alumnus known to them only as Captain Kirk. This alumnus, Wright said, facilitated a large venue for them and provided food and drinks “straight out of kindness.”

“And he loves to rock,” Harding said.

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Keenan Wright, drummer, was once fined for owning a street couch, he said.

One of the best places they’ve ever played, he said, was a converted church on Greek Row called The Holy Grail. Rohosy said Saturday’s tailgate outside Beasley Coliseum was another good gig, with the Pac-12 filming them for a bit before the game.

But not every gig is perfect. Rohosy said he’s broken a string onstage during a performance, and Harding said the power went out at one point at the tailgate. He said Wright kept the drums going while the host of the venue poured gasoline in the backstage generator to get the electric instruments live again.

“It was very Street Couch,” Harding said. “But people kept shaking because we kept the drums rolling.”

Even the name Street Couch invokes a certain level of “rolling with it” — Harding said it started out as a goofy song name he had written down, but thought it fit the butt funk vibe.

Wright had another story behind it, too.

“There’s this law here where you can’t have indoor furniture outside on your patio,” Wright said. “I’ve been fined for having a street couch.”

As for the future of the band, Harding said they don’t have any specific plans to hit it big, not that anyone is against it. Rohosy said he has personal music projects he’s been working on, and Wright said they’re just happy to make Pullman a little more fun.

Miller said it’s been interesting to see the kinds of crowds they can draw. Whether it’s students, alumni or dads, Harding said Street Couch will change its setlist to accommodate whoever is there.

“Wherever the people are, that’s where we want to play,” Harding said.