Sauce CD release party July 23 at Finish Line

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Local band Sauce has their second album hot off the pan, and it’s mild, hot and mean.

Formed in 1997, Sauce is a fusion of heavy music, funk rhythms, distinct time signatures and interesting guitar and vocal harmonies.

The band formed when Mark Bartscher, guitarist/vocalist, and Josh Johnson, drummer/vocalist, joined forces with college friends Brian West, guitarist/vocalist, and T.J. Gwizdala, bassist/vocalist, to create this fantastic foursome of talent.

With more than 80 years of combined musical experience, Sauce has been playing hard and staying busy with the release of their second full-length album.

Sauce will be releasing that album, Mild*Hot*Mean, at a CD release party this Saturday, July 23.

The second album is their first CD they produced and recorded themselves.

“We had recorded on our own for years, but never for a professional release,” Bartscher said. “It took a long time to get the sound to match what we had achieved at the Noise Chamber for our first CD.”

The recording took longer then expected due to the drummer’s daughter arriving 11 weeks early right in the middle of recording.

“We figured it would take six months, and it took a year and a half,” Johnson said. “Madalyn was 11 weeks early and was in NICU for over two months before coming home.”

There were other barriers for the band to break through before they could finish recording.

“We consider outselves a live band first and foremost,” Gwizadala said. “So, it was really difficult for us to take that time off from the shows.”

The band expects the second CD to sell better than their first. Knuckle Deep, their first full-length CD, sold a little fewer than 1,000 copies.

Even if the band expected to sell more than 1,000 copies, their fan base is growing larger and larger with every show.

“If previous Finish Line shows are any indication, we’re expecting a couple hundred [people],” Johnson said.

“Every time we play, we play different sets, so it’s always worth your while to come see what we’re playing that particular night,” Johnson said. “You can see us five times in a row and never see the same show.”

Saturday’s set will consist of the entire CD from front to back.

“In all probability, this is the only show that we’ll do that,” West said. “The second set will be more like our upcoming shows, with a mix of original songs and somewhat obscure cover songs.”

The 2005 CD release party will be at Finish Line, 5223 Torque Rd., at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 23.

Finish Line will have an assortment of drink specials for the special evening, and Sauce will be giving away T-shirts, CDs and other cool stuff.

Those who don’t win a CD, don’t worry, they are on sale for $5 each.

Also, don’t forget to check them out at Nino’s Big Cities Aug. 12.

For more information on Sauce or their shows, visit

From the July 20-26, 2005, issue

One thought on “Sauce CD release party July 23 at Finish Line

  • Jul 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    How do I contact T.J. Gwizdala? Is this the fellow marketing padded envelopes and used golph balls?


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