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Carolyn's Mother to take on S.L. - then world

An early goal of guitarist Drew Hodgson was to sell out a 500-seat venue. He and his band, Carolyn's Mother, accomplished that goal a couple of years ago.

Now the band is looking for another target."We want to be one of the biggest bands in the world," the English-bred Hodgson said during a phone call from Colorado Springs. "Whether that's realistic or not is another story. We are seriously working to get a record contract, however."

Carolyn's Mother - featuring Hodgson, vocalist Rhett Lee, bassist Colin T. Burke and drummer Jeff Gust - will play the Dead Goat Saloon, 165 S. West Temple, Friday, Oct. 17. Doors open at 7 p.m.

"We first got together in 1993," Hodgson said in his dapper British accent. "And we've been getting better and progressing musically through the years."

Hodgson, who moved to the U.S. nearly seven years ago, especially pointed out the musical maturity that comes through on the new album, "Thirty Pieces of Silver."

"Our first albums were a bit lighter in distortion and percussion," he said. "We've really tried to keep our sound, but do different things with it."

Hodgson, who grew up listening to early U2 (the Edge is one of his guitar heroes), the Cure and, more recently, Oasis, said he's always had a desire to play music.

"I used to steal my dad's Buddy Holly albums," Hodgson said with a laugh. "Then as a teen, I became interested in the more serious stuff like the politics of U2. That's when I decided I wanted to play music for the rest of my life."

Carolyn's Mother finds itself at a musical crossroads when it comes to style. Images of the Cure and U2 do come into play, but so do shots of the Midwest guitar sound and even some old-time rockers.

"We're the only band that sounds the way we do in Denver," Hodgson said. "I guess that's why we're doing better than most bands."

After thinking for a moment, Hodgson remembered another long-awaited goal:

"I'd always wanted to play Red Rocks (Amphitheatre in Denver)," he said. "My dad had told me a special about concert venues was on TV when I was a child, and I had mentioned I'd wanted to play there. And in the '80s, when U2 did `Under a Blood Red Sky' there, that notion was solidified.

"We've come close," Hodgson said. "We were suppose to open for Bush at Red Rocks last year, but Bush canceled their show. So sooner or later, we'll get there."