TULSA — The Plumbers are the worst band in the tri-state area, and they’re not afraid to say it.

“We have no shame,” said Brad Mitcho, the band’s guitar player and singer. “It’s three white guys who play 90 percent hip-hop and things like that.”

The band takes a refreshingly unconventional approach to playing gigs — rather than concentrating on faithful reproductions of the songs they play, they focus on entertaining the crowd.

“We don’t necessarily have a lot of respect for the artists we’re playing,” Mitcho said. “We don’t cover songs that we think are just the coolest songs. Some we like and some of them we think are so stupid that people will have fun with this.

“We really just want people to have a good time.”

A show that includes props, pyrotechnics and exploding toilets is bound to entertain, the group figures.

Though most clubs give the old ixnay to pyrotechnics for safety reasons, the show is still explosive, whether stuff is blowing up or not — and whether you’re into bathroom humor or not.

The humor, Mitcho said, stems from the band’s willingness to tell it like it is and make fun of themselves.

“We just try not to take ourselves too seriously,” he said. “If we screw something up, we just look at each other and call each other on it. I’ll just say, ‘You totally screwed that up,’ and we just laugh and say, ‘did people stop dancing, did it make people not have a good time? No. Well, then, let’s keep going and have fun.’”

The band doesn’t even really think its members are necessarily very good musicians.

“We’re not in competition with any other bands around town,” Mitcho said. “I don’t even consider us a band; we’re more like a song and dance act.”

The band was formerly known as Glass House, with lead singer Jenny LeBow. When Lebow decided to pursue a solo career after five years, the band decided to see if they could continue to entertain people without her.

“Hopefully, if we’re fun enough,” Mitcho said, “people will forgive the fact that we’re not American Idol material.”

Though the band clearly doesn’t take itself too seriously, it does take the fans seriously, working hard to make sure it plays songs the audience grooves to, and making sure everyone who wants to gets a chance to have fun with them.

“We try to split the months up, with one weekend on Oklahoma City, one in Tulsa and one in Wichita,” he said. “When the audience isn’t completely burned out on your show, it’s easier for us to get more excited about it, and in turn the audience can get more excited because it’s not something happening every week.

“If you’re looking for a musical masterpiece, then you should probably go see someone else, if you’re looking for a good time, then come hang out with us.”

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