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New Music Colorado – April 2016 Edition

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Pale Sun | “darkmoonwhiteout” 

Pale Sun, the newest project from former Puebloan Jeff Suthers (of Bright Channel/Moonspeed infamy) is a dense, swirling mass of luxuriant shoegaze-permeated whimsy, with lush instrumentation serving as the backdrop for Mr. Suthers’ listless-yet-restless vocal incantations. Understated, genre transcendent and simply astounding.

 

Brother Wild | “White Flag”

The music of Brother Wild is big. Not in volume, nor in fanbase (though it very well should and could be). What it is big on are ideas, big on sound, big on pop hooks. With a tip of the cowboy hat to Southern rock and current Alt-Country feel, these Boulder boys could be onto something, well, you know.

 

Dead Set | “Lower Than Low Can Be”

Modern hardcore punk is all-too-often derided as the idiots domain, which is an unfortunately accurate statement sometimes. To counter said statements, I’d happily throw LTLCB on any day, which keeps the brevity and intensity of hardcore firmly intact, while also dispensing with lowest common denominator lyricism and attitude. Killer.

 

Charlie Continental | “Time” 

Two songs. Two, 2, two songs is all we get from Charlie Continental, the solo debut of Denver Party Punks SPELLS guitarist Chuck Coffey. And man what a shame. This stuff is habit forming, hook laden amped-up Power Pop that has an infectious energy that’ll leave you with a hankerin’ for more! C’mon Coffey, let’s get a full length goin’!

 

Montoneros | “Heat Horse” 

On their newest release, Denver hot boiz Montoneros put forth the math-y emo revival currently in vogue here in the states, with an intricate stop/start aesthetic flourished with gleaming crystalline guitars, like Johnny Marr tapping out electric guitar morse code. But where they differ from their contemporaries is in their willingness to take those elements and dare to push the boundaries of them with elements of indie and pop punk “whoh-oh” wonder.

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Boulder indie-rocker Eric Dorr’s debut EP shines bright from the get-go

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The indie music camp has sure seen quite the split over the years, with the early college-rock station inspired purists of yesteryear often scoffing at the larger influences that pop and electronic music have had on the genre within recent years, going so far as to call the genres original intentions “dead.” Which, my friends, is dumb as hell. Sure, we all love our Superchunks and our Dinosaur’s Jr, but to call an entire genre dead is to negate the existence and unyieldingly diverse essence of a new batch of DIY artists.

 

 

To do so would also discount Boulder songwriter Eric Dorr, which is something I will not stand for. On his sublime Dream Routine EP, Eric has managed to exude a work that combines the recognizable mishmashes of so-called “original” indie tenets of singer-songwriter espousal and heart and weave them delicately with an undeniable feel-good brash-pop fabric and subtle electronic flourish, with songs like album midpoint track Leaves veering into electronic territory (albeit with heart and songwriting chops firmly intact) and album closer Next to Me echoing the undeniable good vibes of Jimmy Buffettalbeit updated for the youngins but still taking listeners to Margaritaville regardless. The resulting album is full of sweetly tangible indie rock that goes down smooth.

 

 


 

Eric Dorr’s Dream Routine is available for digital and physical purchase now via Bandcamp. For show dates and more, head to Dorr’s Facebook page.

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The Country-Punk fury of COS Tejon Street Corner Thieves is a sound to behold

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COS: Rip-Roarin’ Countrypunx | Tejon Street Corner Thieves

The hard tourin’, hard livin’ trashgrass heroes the Tejon Street Corner Thieves are back and better than ever with their new album Goers. While their 150 proof still of americana, bluegrass, and country-fried punk have been a fan favorite for a while now, they’ve somehow managed to outdo themselves on Goers, fuel-injecting this into a new batch of tunes that take said formula and rev it up even further with a newfound sweetness and storytelling ability.

 

DEN: Garage Rock Reverberation | Henry & the Kissengers

Bombsaway, the new six song sonic offering from Denver’s perfectly named Henry and the Kissengers, is hi-watt garage-rock hip shake and retro-fed psychedelic squelch personified, a perfect marriage of the Kinks grit and the Byrds sheen. Unsurprisingly, the entirety of the album sounds and more importantly feels like an unearthed relic straight from your grandparents attic via the free-love 1960’s. Don’t take the brown acid!

 

DEN: Double Indie-Pop trouble | Kissing Party / Bleak Plaza

At 3 songs each, this split album between Denver’s Kissing Party and Bleak Plaza masterfully showcases both groups in sharp, succinct bursts; tracks 1-3 showcase the largely uptempo and raucously jangle-pop of Kissing Party, with the last 3 delving into the swirling, hazy psych-pop of Bleak Plaza; offering listeners two great tastes that perfectly complement one another.

 

DEN: Ska-Jazz Mastery | Dendrites

Fun Fact! Not only is the term “Rude Boy” a dank Rhianna song, but a classic term for followers and fans of Jamaican ska and reggae music. And my newest fave batch of Rude Boys are Denver’s Dendrites, who make the kind of tightly coiled and energetic jump-up instrumental ska tunes that will no doubt have you dancing the dang night away. Pick it up. Pick. It. Up.

 


 

All releases available for purchase now thru Bandcamp. Go Local!

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Like an 8-bit joyride, catch Denver’s glitch-pop Goremall

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If You Like: Com Truise • Nintendo • Chromatics • Sega Genesis

Nostalgia season is upon us, and I’m not immune to it. This time of year I often think of the best Christmas I’ve ever had. At the tender age of 8, in 1993, my parents, being of sound mind and parenting, gifted my then and somehow still younger brother and I the Sega Genesis Entertainment System. It was our Christmas Story Red Ryder moment. We did it! For years to come, that game and many others were how we spent probably too much of our free time.

The older I get and the further away from those days, the more something peculiar happens; I find myself humming the songs from those old games. The literal in game old synth-heavy diddies have wormed their way into my brain, to the point where I can tell you which level corresponds with which song. I’m not the only one; not by a long shot. There are now entire genres of nostalgia-based and era-heavy musicians and artists out there.

Synthwave is one of them. Initially an offshoot of the 1980’s New Wave, today’s version is largely an online dispersed and traded music style heavily mirrors the electronica-induced movie soundtracks and video games of the 80’s and 90’s and funnels them through our internet-obsessed culture to create a retro-futuristic sound that can really take you back into time.

 

The music of Denver’s Goremall is one of these time machines. Far from being just retro synth tones with overlaid beats, Arcadeland from Goremall takes it to 88, really capturing the fun and analog-tech musicality of 90’s video games and movies, and in the process transports you headfirst into a simpler and more care-free era.

 


 

Pick up Arcadeland from Goremall right now from Bandcamp

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