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The disquietude of Defy You Stars

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“I felt unresolved for a long time and music was this whole new world to me, it made sense to me when nothing else did and it gave me something to work toward.” Nikk Banos is the frontman for Defy You Stars, which is an up and coming group based out of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The post-hardcore group has bee…

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“I felt unresolved for a long time and music was this whole new world to me, it made sense to me when nothing else did and it gave me something to work toward.”
Nikk Banos is the frontman for Defy You Stars, which is an up and coming group based out of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The post-hardcore group has been branching out into styles similar to Indie and Pop Rock, while they continue to play live shows all over Denver. As they are fully emerged in the recording of their debut album, the group’s sound will finally take formation of everything that has influenced them until now, making the DYS style they have long awaited.
“We never know how to describe our genre. We just try to write music we like that is a hybrid of a lot of our influences,” Banos said. “This record is going to be a lot different because we keep learning. Other artists’ music just helps us get excited.”
Banos is essentially what brought this project to life. He started off doing solo gigs as Defy You Stars back in 2009 and eventually wanted to extend it into a group. That’s when everything else fell into place.
After spending most of his childhood in New Orleans, Banos moved to Colorado after hurricane Katrina, and met Nikko Evans, who also plays a role in DYS. Evans is now the bassist, but not until Banos had found the drummer he needed to make DYS a functional band. Throughout the years of playing for different bands, Banos decided to move forward with DYS, and that’s when he added Patrick Milburn, as the drummer, and then Evans as the bassist.
“Nikko was my first real friend that I made in Colorado,” the frontman explained.” We met at this like rock band camp for kids and we’ve been attached at the hip ever since. I met Patrick initially through craigslist but then we played in a few bands and we basically all fell into place together after a bunch of dramatic events.”
Now, Defy You Stars is a fully functional band, making strides with their live performances, while looking for a label.
Though they might not have a lot of recorded material, the group has written songs to perform at thei…
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6 Local Denver Bands to Listen to This Summer

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Summer is the time to roll down your car windows or sit on your porch and crank some tunes. But not just any tunes. You should listen to music that fits with Colorado’s summer vibe in particular, not just the auto-tuned flimflam produced by big record labels Los Angeles. In that spirit, here are six local Denver-area bands whose raw…

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Summer is the time to roll down your car windows or sit on your porch and crank some tunes. But not just any tunes. You should listen to music that fits with Colorado’s summer vibe in particular, not just the auto-tuned flimflam produced by big record labels Los Angeles. In that spirit, here are six local Denver-area bands whose raw, unfiltered tunes you should be listening to this summer.

#1 The Milk Blossoms

The three-piece, all-female band The Milk Blossoms ambitiously mixes beatboxing with piano, ukulele, and breathy pop vocals—and makes it work. Despite the group’s seemingly strange combination of instruments, its experimental indie pop songs are accessible to casual music fans of all stripes in large part due to the wonderful harmonies found in its songs that are somehow simultaneously laid-back and jamming. The band’s latest album Supermoon (2018) includes an eclectic mix of eerie, heartbreaking, and upbeat songs that are undergirded by poetical songwriting. Suffice to say, this record might be the perfect soundtrack for the next full moon.
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#2 Gasoline Lollipops

The Gasoline Lollipops is a folk-rock band fronted by Clay Rose. The band’s songs incorporate Rose’s bluesy vocals with funk, jazz, and country influences as well as a punk-rock attitude. The Gasoline Lollipops’s latest album Soul Mine (2017) includes songs that range from dark and brooding to more high-tempo and rambling in tone. In sum, the band’s music is evocative of the open road. The next time you cruise down I-25, these dudes will more than keep you entertained. The band’s most popular song “Love Is Free” is an emotionally-resonant tune about freedom and relationships that’s fitting for the Fourth of July—except it’s love that has the power to free you, not America.
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#3 Wildermiss


Wildermiss, Denver’s hottest alt-rock band, emerged from the dissolution of local group Red Fox Run. With three instrumentalists from Red Fox Run and the new, energetic vocals of Emma Cole, Wildermiss fuses alt-rock with pop influences and an earnest mentality. The resulting songs on the band’s first EP, Lost with You (2017), are so well produced and professionally executed that they fit perfectly on the radio with the tunes of national touring groups. In fact, the band toured in support of Texas folk-rock duo The Oh Hellos this past spring, and it has already performed on the iconic …
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Electro-Soul Hip Hop | Che Bong – From the dusty ‘Amen break’ heavy loop-gone-psychedelic of album opener Telescope to the lo-fi space rockin’ of album ender The Paradox of Time, CS emcee Che Bong (of Bullhead*ded) has really outdone himself and the genre itself on Telescope to the Heavens. With an album full of immersive and challenging-yet-chill hip ho…

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Electro-Soul Hip Hop | Che Bong – From the dusty ‘Amen break’ heavy loop-gone-psychedelic of album opener Telescope to the lo-fi space rockin’ of album ender The Paradox of Time, CS emcee Che Bong (of Bullhead*ded) has really outdone himself and the genre itself on Telescope to the Heavens. With an album full of immersive and challenging-yet-chill hip hop musicality that owes just as much to free jazz and psychedelic rock as it does to hip hop and neo-soul, Che is on some next level stuff.  Get. On. It.



90’s inspired Alt-Punk | Hooper – “No Monument” from Denver Rock City punkers Hooper does a couple things very well; it provides stellar songwriting and momentum building, gives a healthy shot in the arm of indie-slathered 90s era punk rock, and in doing both provides a direct line to the sonic and perhaps more importantly workhorse aesthetic of the nascent indie punk heyday of the 90s. Trip out on that, holmes!



Blackened Sludge-Punks | Worry – The newest EP from Colorado Springs hea…
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Raw Rock & Roll and dark Blues collide with Denver’s the Velveteers

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At only six tracks long, this brand new self-titled EP via Denver’s the Velveteers (Recorded on warm analog tape at Silo Sound Studios in Denver) is a half-hour long magic spell; a concoction of twisted psychedelic undercurrent and blues-rock guitar histrionics draped in the smoky and arresting vocals of one Demi Demitro. Demi, along with co-founder and multi-instrumentalist John Demitro…

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At only six tracks long, this brand new self-titled EP via Denver’s the Velveteers (Recorded on warm analog tape at Silo Sound Studios in Denver) is a half-hour long magic spell; a concoction of twisted psychedelic undercurrent and blues-rock guitar histrionics draped in the smoky and arresting vocals of one Demi Demitro. Demi, along with co-founder and multi-instrumentalist John Demitro, conjure the kind of gnarled, foot-stomping rhythms and riffs that have dual citizenship between the acid-laced Led Zeppelin 70’s arena-rock heyday and the modern fuzz drenched, psychedelic revival of now.
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Musically, this 2 piece makes quite the racket. Raw rock and roll power and deep, dark blues mystique collide head on. If you want a band that can riff, look no further! You may snap your neck clean off from all the head nodding you’ll involuntarily be doing. Like a confession to the dark lord himself, the Velveteers pen the kind of dirty rock and roll diddies that are a conduit for the heathen in all of us. With lyrical gems like “You know just what your doing to me / but heaven knows what’s up your sleeves” (off of the sublime album midpoint “Bloody Little Secre…
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