'Junk rock' band Recycled Percussion returns to home state for handful of performances
By KATHY REMILLARD
Union Leader Correspondent | December 26. 2012 8:58PM
Recycled Percussion will play several venues Christmas Week. The group will be at the Colonial Theater in Keene on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center in Plymouth on Friday, Dec. 28, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Claremont Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 29; the Palace Theater in Manchester on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 3 and 7 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m.
"I think it's going to be more fun than it's ever been," said founding member Justin Spencer. "It's a big show, a massive production."
Spencer, along with band mates Ryan Vezina of Boscawen, Matt Bowman of Manchester and Todd Griffin of Lowell, Mass., said the band that had a humble beginning back in 1995 is now the only one of its kind headlining on the Vegas strip.
The finalists of the NBC show "America's Got Talent" take their high-energy performance to the limits in an interactive show.
According to the band's website, audience members receive a drumstick and a special instrument when they arrive, so they can play along with the band, which performs upside down, on ladders and even on top of a bus.
"The coolest part of the show in Vegas is the wall of drums," Spencer said. "We're upside down on it."
The group recently was honored with the proclamation of Oct. 18 as "Recycled Percussion Day" in the city, and it is a reminder to Spencer of how far the band has come.
"We were just young kids, playing on buckets, playing at high school talent shows," he said. "The proclamation was a pretty big accomplishment, considering the talent here."
Spencer said the band has kept a full schedule, playing more than 400 shows a year for the past three years.
"Sometimes, we were doing four shows a day for four weeks straight," he said, but added that they aren't complaining.
"You hope for it, you work for it, you try to believe in yourself, but you never know what can happen," he said. "We're trying to enjoy it as much as we can."
When not performing, Recycled Percussion uses rare moments of down time to help various charities. A portion of their merchandise sales go to charities for cancer patients and the homeless, and Spencer said they talk to young people about the importance of staying drug and alcohol free.
"We try to use our time off stage to help others," he said.
Recycled Percussion is on a hiatus from its shows at The Tropicana, and is performing a five-week stint on cruise ships in the Caribbean until the New Hampshire performances.
Spencer said their homecoming will be a busy time, between performing and spending time with family and friends.
"It's a whirlwind," he said, "but everyone is so proud of us."
Spencer said the band looks forward to coming back to New Hampshire and is excited to be able to showcase the newer portions of the show.