State Champs Rocked Their Sold-Out Denver Summit Show

By: Nathan Sheppard

Pop-punkers State Champs played a sold out show this past Monday night at the Summit that rocked our socks off. The Living Proof Tour is the band’s first tour of 2019 after having a crazy schedule in 2018, where they released their third studio album Living Proof and had multiple tours. Supporting bands for the tour include Greyscale, The Dangerous Summer, and Our Last Night to round out a banger lineup.

Philadelphia rockers Greyscale led things off with their unique, stripped-down pop-punk style. Their high-energy performance even caused a few people to crowdsurf up to the front, which can be a tough task for an opener. The Dangerous Summer followed shortly after with more of a laidback set compared to their fellow bands. It gave everyone a bit of a breather to prepare for the next two sets.

Batting third was Our Last Night, who are best known for their metalcore covers of radio hits like “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift and “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran. They recently released their fifth album, Let Light Overcome, earlier this month. The band combines softer melodic pop-rock elements and heavier metal elements that give fans the best of both worlds, making them an easy band to like. Adding all of that to a great stage performance made for an epic show that set the stage for State Champs.

State Champs.

State Champs.

In the cleanup spot was State Champs, who were without guitarist Tony Diaz due to illness. Luckily, they were still ready to knock it out of the park. The set kicked off with the leading track and single from Living ProofCriminal”, and you could see a wave erupt through the Summit as everyone tried to get as close to the stage as possible. The dance party continued throughout the 20-song setlist, which included fan favorites like “Remedy” and “Perfect Score”. While 20 songs weren’t enough for some people, State Champs finished with their breakout single “Secrets” to put a cherry on top of this night.     

To stay up to date with everything State Champs-related, and with the current tour click here. If you can’t make it out to this tour, you can see them later this summer at Sad Summer Festival, a Warped Tour-esque festival featuring Mayday Parade, The Maine, and The Wonder Years.

-Nathan

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Premiere: This Broken Beat's "Sleep" Showcases Denver Eerie Electropop

By: Norman Hittle

Denver based indie-pop duo This Broken Beat are all about exposing the fine line between living safe and taking risks. The band has said all of us in life “will inevitably get caught up in ideas of irrelevance years down the road, and make mistakes out of in-the-moment emotions, but it's all to illuminate the beauty of choice and free will.” Little more exemplifies their creed than their latest video for their single “Sleep”:

The video was filmed and edited by Justin Urban of UrbanImpression, and the song was recorded with Tyler Glasgow and Jack Roberts of Streetlight Audio.

Regarding the video, This Broken Beat told BolderBeat: “We really fell in love with the eerie, dark aspect of the song, so we wanted the video to also paint that picture. A good portion of our music is major and upbeat, so it was cool to dive into something different. We were hoping for a foggy day for many of the nature shots and fortunately we got one right when we needed it. There are subtle stories throughout the video alluding to the big picture story, which the last scene gives away, so watching it in full-length is crucial if you're wanting to understand the production as a whole. Some days, staying in your bed with your dreams sounds much easier than going out to face life's challenges, and we wanted to capture that emotion."

This Broken Beat.

This Broken Beat.

The duo, which consists of Julio on guitars/vocals and Annie on drums, have been playing together since 2013. “Sleep” is their third release after 2016’s Sweat & Blood single and their 2016 self-titled EP. With a sound that’s reminiscent of Ed Sheeran and perhaps Maroon 5 circa Songs About Jane (with some added electropop flair), This Broken Beat bring a beautiful and full-depth soundscape to the Denver scene with “Sleep.” The song is very well-produced and tight, and you can tell these guys went to great lengths to write and record a quality project.

Make sure to check out “Sleep” for yourself above, and keep up with This Broken Beat’s upcoming shows here.

-Norman

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Brett Randell: Acoustic Soul Folk for the Traveling Soul

By: Dawn Raymond

Denver's Brett Randell is for those who want to be transported to the many places this touring artist has called home.

Brett Randell is a solo artist from New York who gave up a steady 9-5 to wander the world, guitar in hand. First stop: Austin, TX, then a tour around the US and Europe, until finally, his journey took a pause in Denver, CO. Randell has spent the last few years in the Mile High City working on, and performing, his release Rise (2015). This release is Brett's third, lovingly crafted with musicians and engineers from both Denver and Austin. He coins his genre as "acoustic soul folk", which is quite fitting.

Brett Randell.

Brett Randell.

Randell grew up with musical siblings, but planned to focus on drawing and writing as his form of creative expression. But when he bought his first acoustic guitar around the age of 20, everything changed. He got good, and he got good quickly. After only 9 months, Randell was already touring and playing for audiences in places like Milan, Italy. Later that year, he opened for Pete Francis of the famous alternative band, Dispatch.

Randell’s songwriting process allows his music to unfold and evolve. He gives it some time to mellow, rounds it out by playing it in several different ways (solo, with a band, as a duet), and once it's been fully forged and feels solid, it's finished. Several of his songs have traveled the world with him, and his adventures give his music a warm, velvety sound. Brett's vocals are smooth, satisfying, and resonate with the listener. His lyrics are those of a solid soul; heartfelt and genuine.  

Watch Randell’s lyric video for his track “The Waitress”:

Rise consists of five songs. “The Waitress” is reminiscent of artists like Jason Mraz or Ed Sheeran, but I was waiting for some humor to drop (perhaps in the style of Tim Minchin) due to the upbeat mood of the track. It's easy to assume that there is a waitress or two who inspired this one during his travels. “Without You” has a tender, lonely vibe that gets more powerful and compelling as the song goes on, and “Ghost” is pensive, peaceful and of course, “haunting”.

It looks as though Brett is on the move again. You can keep track of him via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and his website.

-Dawn

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