One Flew West Talk About Their New Lineup & Sound With Us

By: Austin Michon

“Life is a pain in the ass, and music is a way to escape the daily grind. We just want to have a good time and let loose, and we just want to share that experience with other people.”

Longmont’s One Flew West have recently been recording music and planning their latest single release parties for the two tunes I recently reviewed on BolderBeat. Post-review, I got to ask the band some questions about their history and influences, which include, “Kraftwerk, Nickelback, and Smash Mouth. Duh.”

One Flew West.

One Flew West.

Formed in 2010, the guys have been, in some form or another, making music for a very long time. Said the band, “David and Jonah have known each other since 1st grade, and started playing music together in middle school. We sucked really bad. Pretty much nothing but Ramones and AC/DC covers that sounded like a flock of ducks getting run over by a cement truck.”

But OFW has come quite a ways since then.

“We're working with a new lineup, and our instrumentation has changed a bit.” the group told me regarding their two newest singles, which they plan to release with an EP this fall. “As we've gotten older, we've learned how to actually write, produce, and record music. We're really looking forward to this next EP because we'll be entering the studio with the largest skill set we've had since the band's formation.”

The band has gone through some lineup changes as of late, with the departure of guitarist/trumpeter/cowbell extraordinaire Joe Pineda, and the addition of new bassist Dawson Fry.

“We're a four member band now, and there are some restraints with that setup. However, having less people means we're tighter as a band than we've ever been before. Dawson is an outrageously good bass player, and we can't wait for people to see him live!” said frontman Linden Jackson.

And when it comes to their live setup with the new lineup, the band told us, “We're adjusting our sound to fit the new lineup, and we've spent a lot of time putting together a new live show with new music. Our old music is still a big part of our show, so old fans will still enjoy the direction we're heading in.”

Catch OFW for a taste of the new and a reminder of the old at their back-to-back single release shows this weekend at The Lost Lake on March 3rd and Downtown Artery on March 4th. Keep up with One Flew West on their Facebook.

-Austin

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Rival Sons Rip at Denver's Summit Music Hall

By: Sierra Voss

Last Saturday, Rival Sons tore up the stage at Denver’s Summit Music Hall. This Long Beach band has been serving up dirty guitar solos and ripping vocal lines since 2009, after the release of their album Before The Fire. From there, here’s a quick recap of their career: RS dropped a self-released EP in 2010, which caught the eye of Earache Records, who signed them later that year. Rival Sons’ third release, Pressure & Time, came out on Earshot in 2011 and ended up hitting #19 on the Billboard charts. And from that point forward, the band has power-housed full steam ahead: In 2012, their album Head Down annihilated music charts throughout the world, gaining huge recognition in the UK, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. The band then released Great Western Valkyrie to critical acclaim; this year they dropped their latest, Hollow Bones. And to add to their live credibility, Rival Sons have supported some serious legends on tour, including AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Sammy Hagar, and Black Sabbath.

Jay Buchanan.

Jay Buchanan.

It’s no mystery why this four-piece is so well-loved throughout the world. These boys know how to rock, and they do it well. Lead singer Jay Buchanan has a serious set of pipes. I am going to go ahead and say he may, perhaps, have one of the most beautifully dynamic and powerful male voices in this age of rock and roll.

Todd Ogren-Brooks.

Todd Ogren-Brooks.

I am a fan of headbanging. I have a serious amount of respect for those who do it, and I like to myself, but until this show, I had no idea I had an equal amount of passion for beardbanging. Keyboard slaying, tamborine-crushing band member Todd Ögren-Brooks had such a long luscious beard, he could literally beardbang with it. I will stop at simply saying I was highly impressed by this rare talent.

Scott Holiday.

Scott Holiday.

All in all Saturday’s show was a ripper. Rival Sons played fan favorites like “Keep On Swinging” and “Electric Man”, as well as a wide selection of songs from Hollow Bones. I will say that certain songs live come off a whole lot poppier than they are on the records. I was always impressed by Jay’s vocals, but longed for the drive of their well-known rock sound and less of their slower, strippped-down instamentals with elongated vocal lines. Still, it was a solid set.

If you can’t catch these boys on tour take a listen to my favorite track of theirs, “Pressure and Time”:  

Follow Rival Sons here

-Sierra

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The Jacob Cade Project Proves That Rock 'n' Roll is Still Alive, and Age is Just a Number

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Jacob Cade is not your average teen rocker.

When you were seventeen years old, how were you spending your time? Writing songs, playing sports, and shredding the guitar daily with your musician father and music manager mother? For Jacob Cade, a junior at Ponderosa High School in Parker, CO, playing regular performances as the lead singer and guitarist of a rock band is no pipe dream, it’s reality.

BLDGBLKS   artist Jacob Cade. Photo Credit:  Benjamin Smith Photography

BLDGBLKS artist Jacob Cade. Photo Credit: Benjamin Smith Photography

Born in El Paso, TX, Jacob exhibited musical talent at just age four. His initial interest in guitar led him to then teach himself violin, drums, and piano, and he eventually decided to create his own band, with the desire to make music that preserved the integrity of rock 'n' roll. At the age of twelve, he took on the role as lead singer and guitarist, with his father, Jim Cade, on bass, and Denver-native Shawn Duncan, on drums. And with that, the rock trio that is The Jacob Cade Project was born.

Their debut performance was in December 2012 at a Mile High Scenesters event at Herman’s Hideaway, and since then, they have performed at Cervantes’ Ballroom, The Gothic Theatre, Parker Days Festival, and more.

Shreddin'. Photo Credit: Julie Ann Vinson.

Shreddin'. Photo Credit: Julie Ann Vinson.

The Jacob Cade Project is not just some high school garage band. The musicianship of all three members is palpable, with quick tempos, intense progressions, and powerful finishes. Jacob shreds on guitar, and listening to his vocal work, you can feel his vigor and passion. What I find most impressive about this group is that their music completely holds true to their classic hard rock roots, but also has a youthful feel to them, with Jacob being the lead singer. If The Jacob Cade Project did a cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” they would absolutely slay it.

In June 2015, the band released their debut album, The Prince of Rock ‘n Roll which has reached acclaim on the internet, and earned a spot on The Music God’s Best of 2015 Rock Top 20 list. The ten-song album is nothing but pure, heart-pounding rock, with thrasher tracks such as, “Ball and Chain,” “Green Light Go," “The Prince of Rock ‘n Roll,” and “Prisoner”. There are also slower, melodic ballads like “Always” and “Nothing After All”. The album takes you on one hell of a ride, and causes you to shake your head at least once and ask, “Is this kid really in high school?”

Watch The Jacob Cade Project perform "Green Light Go" live:

When Jacob is not writing music or performing, he is active in school sports, including soccer, track, football, basketball, and weightlifting. He is close with his family, and it clearly shows with the creation of The Jacob Cade Project.

Plans for a national tour is in the works, and the group will be traveling on a Southwest regional tour this summer. They will be performing on January 21st at Larimer Lounge, and March 5th at Sunshine Studios Live, so mark your calendars now.

Stay tuned for more news on The Jacob Cade Project, and while you’re at it, check out the Douglas County School District student feature video below, where you can get to know Jacob a little bit better:

-Jura

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.