Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

All-woman band takes Collective Measures.(Music)

Byline: Kenn Rodriguez FOR THE JOURNAL

Asking some rock bands about their names can be an exercise in futility. But with the local all-woman rock band Collective Measures, the answer to that question tells a lot more than simply where the name came from.

"When we first came together as a band, we put a bunch of different names in a hat and none seemed to work," rhythm guitarist Rachel Mestas said in a recent interview. "Then we had come up with this name and it fit. We sing notes on collective measures, it took collective measures for us to survive, especially being six women and with the diverse moods six women can have."

Mestas and her bandmates, vocalist Laura McDannald, drummer Tania Andiarena, lead guitarist Denise Nava, keyboardist Sue Roujansky and bassist Leigh Owen, came together in 1997 when they met at the annual Summer Solstice Celebration in the Jemez Mountains. …

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