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Side Dish (band)

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Side Dish
OriginOrem, Utah, U.S.
GenresRock with Horns
Years active2001-2008, 2011
Associated actsBroke City, Joel Pack and the Pops, The Manorlands Project, Var Sequence, Thieving V, Ivy League, Super Hero, Bombshell Academy, The Anchorage
  • Ryan Sanders
  • Erik Vorkink
  • Ryan Palmer
  • Kevin Vorkink
  • Rob Moffitt
Past members
  • Jeph Preece
  • Joe Johnson
  • James Boyer
  • John Forbyn
  • Mike Anderson
  • Mike Robinson
  • Christian Olson

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Side Dish was a rock band from Orem, Utah. Formed in the summer of 2001, they played their first show on August 17, 2001 in the backyard of brothers Erik Vorkink (trumpet/guitar/keyboard) and Kevin Vorkink (drums/bass).

The group — which was comprised of a guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, and trombone — quickly described themselves as "rock with horns" in an attempt to separate themselves from the ska genre classification, as with each album their music drifted further away from its ska roots while still keeping the horns very much in the forefront. Citing influences such as Reel Big Fish, Rx Bandits, Zebrahead, and The Hippos, they fit in and played shows with bands from many different genres.


The original lineup consisted of seven members, which included Mike Robinson on lead vocals and Christian Olson on saxophone. However, after the very first show, Olson decided to leave the band. Two shows later, Robinson also quit the group, leaving the lead vocal slot empty. After auditioning several new singers, the band decided that guitarist Ryan Sanders would assume the role of lead vocals, and the group continued on as a five-piece.

Their first EP, the four-track "Get Over It" was released in 2002, recorded and produced by Joel Pack of then-named Aquarius Sound. After playing live for a couple years and cycling through two bass players, Side Dish finally released their first full-length album, Truth or Dare in 2004.[1] While Joel Pack played all bass tracks on the album, new bassist Jeph Preece began playing live shows before the album's release. The 11-song album featured re-recorded versions of three of the four songs that were found on the Get Over It EP. Once again recorded and produced by Joel Pack at Aquarius Sound, the album was met with favorable reviews as the band continued to develop their sound.[2]

Side Dish went on to play hundreds of local shows around Utah, and opened for bigger acts around the western United States such as Reel Big Fish, Zebrahead, No Use For A Name, Eve 6, Army of Freshmen, Streetlight Manifesto, Monty Are I, The Toasters, Suburban Legends, Whole Wheat Bread, The Aggrolites, Authority Zero, as well as making an appearance on the Salt Lake City stop of the Vans Warped Tour in 2005. In 2008, they won the KLZX battle of the bands, of which the winner would play an opening slot for Eve 6 at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.[3]

While gaining a solid local following and carving out a place for themselves in the local Utah scene[4], they worked their way onto a leg of Zebrahead's western tour in 2005, playing four shows in a row with the Southern California band, as well as a handful of others scattered throughout the years, forming a friendship between the two groups. Zebrahead guitar player Greg Bergdorf was even seen wearing a Side Dish t-shirt in the official video for the band's 2006 song Postcards From Hell.

In 2008, Side Dish recorded and released two songs individually: Two Clicks to Meltdown and Acratic. Though a fifth studio album was never released, these two tracks were the final songs ever put out by the band, and interestingly enough, neither of them featured any horns. Acratic was the first song released by the band that featured trumpet player Erik Vorkink on lead vocals.

After they broke up in 2008, members would go on to join or create other bands, including Broke City, Ivy League, The Anchorage, Var Sequence, and Thieving V. Side Dish reunited for two 10-year anniversary shows in 2011, playing with Broke City, Orange Blossom Special, Super Hero, and others. Those were their last shows to date.

Band members[edit]

Final lineup

  • Ryan Sanders - vocals, guitar (2001-2011)
  • Erik Vorkink - trumpet, guitar, keyboards, vocals (2001-2011)
  • Ryan Palmer - trombone, vocals (2001-2002, 2004-2011)
  • Kevin Vorkink - bass (2008-2011), drums (2001-2008)
  • Rob Moffitt - drums (2008-2011)

Former members

  • Mike Collier - bass (2006-2008)
  • Jeph Preece - bass (2004-2006)
  • John Forbyn - bass (2003-2004)
  • Mike Anderson - bass (2001-2003)
  • James Boyer - trombone (2004-2005)
  • Joe Johnson - trombone (2002-2004)
  • Mike Robinson - vocals (2001)
  • Christian Olson - saxophone (2001)

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Title Release year # of tracks
Get Over It EP 2002 4
Truth or Dare 2004 11
Age of Intent EP 2005 6
Shot in the Arm EP 2006 5


Title Release year
Two Clicks to Meltdown 2008
Acratic 2008


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