It may seem odd for an El Paso, Texas-based band living in Las Cruces, N.M., to hold a CD release party at a Durango bar and restaurant, but by now it wouldn't be a stretch to call Liquid Cheese a local.
"They've treated us very well over the years, and it's like a big, happy family, and we want to be as loyal as possible to those guys," said trombonist Marco Guerrero on Monday, before the band heads north for Thursday's debut of "6 Days Late."
The two-disc set was recorded live last year at Steamworks, where the band has played whenever it could get to town over the last eight years. Steamworks general manager Jeff Baker came up with the album's title, "6 Days Late," and it refers to the time that had elapsed since April 20 during one of the band's visits. That's a joke you either get or you don't.
The new album is on sale in Las Cruces, and the band also hawked copies during a recent tour in California, but Guerrero said Thursday is the "official" release date. For those who are curious or just don't want to wait, the CD also is on sale at Steamworks all week.
Liquid Cheese's sound is a mix of reggae and Ska with lots of horns, but it stops short of being a full-on Ska band because of a heavy dose of Latin rhythms. That also keeps the dance floor full during the band's concerts, and Steamworks is typically a full house when Liquid Cheese is in town.
"It's one of the only places we play exclusively on tour because they've treated us very well. Every time we've been up there, it's just been fun," Guerrero said.
He said Liquid Cheese will return to Steamworks again on Halloween this year - the band already has played three Halloween shows - and it also
just locked up a New Year's Eve gig at Durango Mountain Resort.
The band members are one of the few touring acts who regularly take advantage of all Durango has to offer, be it rafting, skiing or just enjoying the Colorado mountains.
"We just love the whole atmosphere," Guerrero said. "It's easy living."