Why Corsicana Are One of Denver's Finest Up & Coming Indie Acts

By: Sam Piscitelli

As I walked into Globe Hall around 10:30PM, I was immediately caught in a sea of people anxiously waiting for Corsicana to take the stage. As I found a spot where I could just barely see the band, I heard different comments about the group from the people around me: “Man this band is really good- thanks for coming with me to check it out!”, “I can’t wait to hear them!” and “This is going to be a great night.” It seemed Corsicana had already garnered a warm and welcomed reputation. As the band finished their soundcheck, the crowd erupted into cheers, whistles and screams. Lead singer, Ben Pisano let the audience know that since it was Perennial’s release party, they were going to play the whole album from start to finish.

As they dove into their latest artistic effort, everyone in the room either fell quiet or let loose. One way or another, they let the music soak over them. You could feel the electricity in the venue. Corsicana took that energy and engaged the audience in an intimate way, making it seem like they (and you) were the only ones standing in the room that night.

Corsicana at Globe Hall. Photo Credit: CODO Productions.

Corsicana at Globe Hall. Photo Credit: CODO Productions.

Corsicana’s songs spoke for themselves, showcasing the undeniable talent of the musicians, their songwriting, their knowledge of their instruments, and their vocals. Each song was carefully played as Corsicana kept their instruments taut, leading the crowd through 55 minutes of raw, unfiltered emotional honesty. Whether it was the switch from the “A side” of the album to the “B side,” there wasn’t a moment where the band didn’t pour their hearts onto the stage and leave them there for all to see. Up there exposed, Corsicana thrived in the openness of it all. They somehow even sounded better live than on the record. I would be surprised and disappointed if they didn’t take advantage of their performance excellence and put out an alternative release of Perennial as a live session EP.

As a rock band, Corsicana quiets themselves to be loud. They’ve figured out who they are even before their first record, and this time around they’re allowing themselves to glow without the worry of it all. It’s a special thing to see- the moment a band considers themselves worthy of their fans, when all along the fans felt that they were the ones who were thankful for them. Even when Corsicana ended their set, their fans erupted chanting, “Encore!” Corsicana walked back onto the stage and played a finale song, letting fans know that even when all is said and done, they are thankful for them and all their support.

People talk about seeing bands before they become big because they knew the moment they saw them they would be someone. Corsicana is one of those valuable Denver indie bands. I wouldn’t be shocked if they signed to a label in a year or two. Dare I say, they are one of Denver’s finest bands and their release show proved it.

Keep up with Coriscana here.

-Sam

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The SIR Band Brought Power and Passion to Their Globe Hall Set Last Saturday

By: Will Baumgartner

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when attending Saturday’s concert by The SIR Band at Globe Hall in Denver last Saturday. I knew they were a local band getting some buzz, playing at a venue I’d also heard enough about to want to check it out, and that was enough reason to go. In this sense, being a music journalist is the same as being a dedicated music fan, because if you only listen to and go to shows by bands and artists you already love, you’re limiting yourself and not helping the scene to grow. Of course there’s always a chance of being underwhelmed, but without exploration there would be no discovery, and I happened to discover a local treasure Saturday night. An unassuming little trio with a rather innocuous name, The SIR Band will surprise you with the amount of power, passion, and artistry that can be packed into such a small frame.

Speaking of small packages, the band’s frontwoman Sarah Angela doesn’t come bounding onstage looking larger than life. A rather petite woman dressed simply in cutoff jeans and a white blouse, SA (as she is also known to fans) let her voice and songs do the business of winning us over, which she most emphatically did, without resorting to any flashy theatrics or excessive costuming. She didn’t just stand there, of course, but her onstage energy was something that seemed to come up organically through the depth and richness of her singing with the simple beauty and layered architecture of the songs themselves, and with her interaction with the formidable talents of her bandmates Kim O’Hara (guitar/backing vocals) and Luke Mehrens (drums/percussion).

The SIR Band. Photo Credit: Joel Rekiel of   BLDGBLKS Music Company .

The SIR Band. Photo Credit: Joel Rekiel of BLDGBLKS Music Company.

Most of the material performed during this show came from the band’s stellar debut album So Cold (released January 2018 and available through iTunes and other digital platforms), but I was also impressed by their choice of covers and unique takes on those songs, including a rousing version of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” enhanced by two more exceptional female talents who’d already graced the stage that night, R&B/Pop powerhouse Chloe Tang and Vicoda’s firecracker of a frontwoman Shivani Bhatt. There’s something about getting that much female energy and talent onstage that’s just overwhelmingly beautiful and inspiring. These women clearly enjoyed it at least as much as the audience did, and that was an awful lot.

Overall, it’s difficult to say what I was most impressed with during The SIR Band’s performance. Between SA’s bits on synthesizer and acoustic guitar and her dynamic and varied use of her vocal skills, O’Hara’s switching between different guitars and settings, and Mehrens’ precise and expansive drumming, there was so much going on. But I’d have to say that the moment I was most affected emotionally was definitely the quietest part of  an otherwise pretty rocking evening, and that was the performance of “Abby’s Song.” It was an achingly beautiful piece that I knew nothing of except that it got to me, to the point of creating a lump in my throat and a bit of mist over my eyes. As is so often the case with live performances, I wasn’t devoting a lot of my attention span to the lyrics either, but when I mentioned the song afterward to Kim O’Hara, she told me the bittersweet story behind the song, and all I could say was, “Well done.” Without any intellectual knowledge of its subject matter, I was still able to feel the love, beauty and heartache that went into its creation.

Sarah Angela. Photo Credit: Joel Rekiel of   BLDGBLKS Music Company .

Sarah Angela. Photo Credit: Joel Rekiel of BLDGBLKS Music Company.

Another reason I wanted to see this show was because I saw Chloe Tang’s name on the bill, along with the note that it was her last Denver show before moving to Los Angeles. I had the pleasure of being introduced to Chloe’s music about a year and a half ago when I wrote Millennial Wise: Chloe Tang’s ‘Passion//Aggression’ for BolderBeat, but in the time since, I’d regrettably not gotten around to seeing her live. I can now say unequivocally that it was worth the wait, and I’ll be continuing to follow her closely. Talk about little bombs: this young woman packs an incredible punch into her small stature, and her material has continued to grow into something even more powerful than the great stuff I’d already been exposed to, as evidenced by her recent EP Stranger. Wherever you are, listen to her and go see her when you get any opportunity to do so; you will not be disappointed. This bill was truly a satisfying evening of sounds, and wouldn’t have been so complete without Vicoda and Shivani Bhatt who are hurricane of a band with a lightning rod of a singer at its center. They blew me away not only with the joyful fury of their performance, but also with the precision and skill of their attack.

Denver is one of the most happening places in the whole wide world of music right now, so I cannot encourage you enough to take your chances more often than not. You may be fearful of the possibility of wasting an evening, but as The SIR Band and their wonderful guests showed me again this weekend, it’s much more likely that you’ll end up grateful, happy, enriched and the exact opposite of “underwhelmed.”

-Will

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Poets & Wolves Bring Their Alternative Indie Dance Pop Sound Alive At Denver Show

By: Nathan Sheppard

Poets & Wolves played Your Mom's House last week, with Adventure Nothing and The Ugly Architect. The intimate show started with a mix of original songs and solid covers by Adventure Nothing. Then The Ugly Architect, an outfit from Fort Collins, took the stage and bumped up the energy with their exuberant performance style and fun-loving stage presence.

Poets & Wolves.

Poets & Wolves.

The Greeley-based band Poets & Wolves finished off the night with a solid set. The alternative indie four-piece use a wide variety of influences and genres to create a sound unique to themselves. They mix slow, melodic bass with catchy guitar riffs to get you dancing while simultaneously keeping alt chill elements strong throughout their catchy, grooving tunes.

The group opened their set with songs from their debut EP To The Moon, having only released two double-single records prior. Poets & Wolves also did a cover of Linkin Park's “Waiting For The End” with their own alt emo twist. They topped off the night with one of their older singles, “Pretty Little Mess,” which sent the night off with a stomping frenzy.

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You can stream Poets & Wolves’ music on all platforms and keep up with them on Facebook. Though this was the band’s last show of 2017, you can see them January 11th at Globe Hall with Stereoshifter, Echoes In Reverie, and Wolf Poets.

-Nathan

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Premiere: Last of the Easy Rider's Release New Psych Rock Single "Unto The Earth"

By: Julia Talen

Denver’s Last of the Easy Riders released their self-titled EP about one year ago. Since then, they have been busy playing shows and writing new music, having recently released a single called, “Goin' Down Slow” in September 2017. Their self-titled EP and “Goin' Down Slow” continue to showcase the band’s good ol’ sixties cosmic rock’n’roll vibe, effervescent of The Band or Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. However, a subtle eerie quality hovers over their most recent track, “Unto The Earth,” expanding upon the group's psychedelic tendencies and echoing obscure nuances like those found in The Byrds’ “Eight Mile High" or Pink Floyd's “See Emily Run.”

Listen to "Unto The Earth": 

“Unto The Earth” opens with funky guitar scale progressions alluding strongly to late 60s and early 70s rock as notes and instrumentation blend with the group’s vocals, giving us a hazy, psychedelic feel. The vivid, colorful, and poetic verses are as enticing as the funky, bohemian sound with opening lyrics, "In her I see greens of spring/softly glistening/coming after me" and “Walking beside my love at dawn/wishing for an endless morning/a crown of violets in her hair/wilting as its warning.” The pastoral imagery enthralls the listener, invoking illustrative elements amidst the experimental guitar scales and chords that build and retract. The refrain "unto the earth we all return/laid to rest in these strawberry ferns/rosemary and white clover" slightly haunts the tune as well, with wailing harmonies and ghostly "ahhs" as we feel themes of grappling with love, existence, and endings permeate the track.

Last of the Easy Riders.

Last of the Easy Riders.

The song is even and balanced with psychedelic and vintage elements as it wanders, tunneling and traversing instrumentally, vocally, and lyrically. It has a kaleidoscopic quality, and though it's perhaps a little different than what we're used to from the Last of The Easy Riders, it highlights the group's versatility in exploring the many realms of rock’n’roll, from classic, country-folk, and psychedelic. You can see the Last of The Easy Riders alongside Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels play this song and others at their upcoming show, November 22nd in Denver at Globe Hall!

-Julia

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Red Bull Sound Select Brings The Hotelier, Thick Business, & Overslept To Globe Hall Denver

Red Bull Sound Select and Consequence of Sound have joined forces this month to bring The Hotelier with Thick Business and Overslept to Denver’s Globe Hall Wednesday, September 6th. You can save $10 off tickets and snag entrance for only $5 by RSVPing at this link. Curious about the bill? We’re glad you asked...

The Hotelier.

The Hotelier.

The Hotelier, who are touring on their third record Goodness, are a Massachusetts alt rock outfit who first gained wide attention in 2014. Pitchfork once said their record Home, Like NoPlace Is Thereburns with a five-alarm intensity… with rousing group chants, call-and-response hooks, and collegiate jangle.” It’s been considered a “classic of the emotive rock-revival cannon,” meaning you should join us at this show for the feels.

Thick Business.

Thick Business.

Thick Business, who we actually caught at The UMS in 2016, are a Boise, Idaho based four-piece who mix indie with prog rock and psych pop. Apes On Tape recently said, “Thick Business borders on the epic while still being a damn good time.” We concur. Your $5 is worth it for this band alone.

Overslept.

Overslept.

And then there is local quartet Overslept, a mixture of “heartwarming indie rock and acoustic-forward pop.” The Denver band are currently playing shows in support of their record That’s Not Very Punk Rock Of You, which the band describes as “a collection of low gain songs.” Cool.

So grab your tickets now for this 18+ show and get ready for sweet sounds and BBQ at Denver’s Globe Hall with Red Bull Sound Select and Consequence of Sound. Tickets are only $5 at our link; $15 at the door. More information in the Facebook event. See you on Wednesday, September 6th Denver!

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Folk Fights Back: Rachel Baiman Brings New Protest Songs Through Colorado

By: Riley Ann

Folk music is no stranger to politics, and Rachel Baiman isn’t afraid to make waves. Her new album Shame is getting accolades from NPR’s All Songs Considered, Paste Magazine, and The Bluegrass Situation, among others, and for good reason. The album is fierce, playful, even snarky, and it’s the perfect patchwork of the Americana tradition, spanning grooves reminiscent of Sam Bush (like the title track, “Shame,” and “Never Tire Of The Road”), to classic country fiddle (like “In The Space Of A Day”), to the Gillian Welch-esque melody of “Take A Stand,” all blended with her Old-time roots and modern voice. The album is available to stream and purchase in digital, CD, and vinyl formats on her Bandcamp.

She’s sharing her new batch of tunes on tour in Colorado this week. Aside from performing live on KGNU’s Kabaret show on Tuesday, August 8th, Rachel is playing the Starhouse concert series in Boulder along with local favorites Natalie Tate and Gabrielle Louise this Wednesday from 7:30PM-10PM (more information here). She’s also playing a show in Denver at Globe Hall on Thursday, August 10th with The Wind and the Wave, an indie-folk/alt-country band from Austin, Texas.

Similar to Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and so many other folk musicians that have walked this path, Rachel’s songs are steeped in the social commentary of the times. She said, “They originated from broader political issues, but with what’s happening in the world today, they get more and more specific in their meaning every day.”

Rachel Baiman.

Rachel Baiman.

Her politics don’t stop with her own music. She is one of the co-founders of Folk Fights Back, a non-profit organization that curates concerts around the world to raise money for local organizations working for social and political changes. Previous concerts have raised funds for environmental justice, immigrant and refugee rights, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, and more. Rachel said, “It was really a way to channel our energy into things that are important to us. Sometimes it’s hard to feel like you’re making a difference, but we’ve raised thousands of dollars for local non-profits doing really important work, and it brings people together in a positive way. There’s so much power in our solidarity.” Learn more about setting up your own Folk Fights Back concert by visiting their website.

While this is Rachel’s first full-blown tour in Colorado, it certainly won’t be her last. However, it might be your last opportunity to see her in such an intimate space as the Starhouse. You can find more about that show and her other tour dates on her Facebook page and her website.

-Riley

Find out more about Riley on her blog.

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Review: When The BANDITS Give You 7" (But You Want All 12)

By: Riley Ann

The new 7” EP from the BANDITS showcases the band’s prowess bridging the heaviness of rock with the intricacies of metal guitar riffs, balancing relentless forward-driven rhythms with syncopated lifts. Yeah, it’s good. And it’s going to leave you wanting more.

BANDITS.

BANDITS.

The A-side features John Demitro on vocals for “Enough.” While the verses hammer down an almost static melody over a trance-like guitar & bass duet, the choruses open up vocally and instrumentally, and the bridge gives a taste of John’s iconic guitar soloing, reigned in from his wild solos in live settings. The stops after the choruses and the bridge let the song bottom out just long enough to give it shape. The arrangement of “Enough” balances perfectly, driving it forward and letting the song breathe.

Tear You Down” on the B-side features Lulu Demitro on vocals, and she drives the song on the back end of the beat with bass. Less ornate, more percussive, and more weight on each beat give this an ominous backdrop for the chorus to climb above the wreckage as Lulu’s voice sings, “I’ll tear you down, down until you’re nothing...” The transitions in and out of the half-time feel give the song more density, and the bridge turns into a haunting duet over sparse instrumentation, only to build back into the chorus. While her previous single “Kill Tonight” compels you to dance, “Tear You Down” will have you headbanging for days.

John Demitro offered his take on the new singles, saying, “I think these two songs are some of our strongest material to date. We’ve had these songs in our repertoire for awhile and I think they are a mile marker in the direction of where our sound was going. I think we have finally found the sound of BANDITS, and “Enough” and “Tear You Down” are a perfect preview to what is coming soon.”

The arrangements are tight, the studio production is solid, and their live shows leave even non-smokers reaching for a cigarette. The band plans to record a full-length album in August, so keep up with them on their website and social media. Your next chance to catch them locally is on this Sunday, July 30th for the UMS at the Skylark Lounge (tickets here) and then Monday, July 31st at Globe Hall in Denver with Slothrust and Gleemer (tickets here). In the meantime, you can get your hands on their music on their merch page, and snag digital copies on Bandcamp.

-Riley

Find out more about Riley on her blog.

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Catch Funk Quintet Tula's Album Release Show at Globe Hall This Friday (07/28)

By: Jura Daubenspeck

As the end of July approaches and energies are high, you may be wondering, “Where oh where will I get my funk fix tonight?!” Fear not though, as Colorado’s funky quintet Tula has just what you need. The band will be set up at Globe Hall this Friday, July 28th, to celebrate their album release titled, Follow The Beast Inside.

Follow The Beast Inside is the band’s first ever full-length studio album and was recorded at Scanhope Sound with producer/engineer Joshua Fairman, who is known for his work with Analog Son, Sunsquabi, The Motet, and The New Mastersounds.

Fronted by the talented Brian Duggan (guitar/vocals), Tula is comprised of Josh Gendal (guitar), Jon Ham (bass), Jeremy Smith (saxophone), and Logan Firth (drums). Pulling together influences such as Umphrey’s McGee, Phish, Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica, their music stays exciting, ever-changing, and oh so groovy.

Tula.

Tula.

Friday’s release show will also feature opening act KingFriday the 13th, as well as DJ Hug and Frank Asaurus. Tula will perform the entirety of the album Follow The Beast Inside from beginning to end, for a performance that will be nothing less than dazzling.

Tickets for Tula’s Follow The Beast Inside album release show are $5 and can be purchased here. The show starts at 9PM (doors 8PM) and is open to music-lovers 21+.

Listen to Tula's latest tracks:

Check out more details for the event here, and connect with Tula on Facebook and Twitter. Upon release, Follow The Beast Inside will be available on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and everywhere that music is sold or streamed.

-Jura

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San Francisco's Whiskerman Chat With Us About Their Current Tour

By: Sierra Voss

San Francisco’s Whiskerman are stopping by Denver’s Larimer Lounge this Friday, April 21st, so come dance around to all their sweet tunes! Whiskerman is comprised of members Graham Patzner (lead vocals/guitar/violin/keys), Will Lawrence (bass/vocals), Charles Lloyd (guitar/sitar/vocals), Trevor Bahnson (guitar/vocals) and Dan Schwartz (drums). The band became known in the bay area for their downright foot stompin’ folk tunes. Their 2015 album 'Nomad' introduced the band's new soul-infused sound, and currently, the band exists within a beautiful self-created mosaic of folk, soul, rock and roots music. Recently, I interviewed the band on their way to Denver. Read on:

How did Whiskerman come to be? Where did you all meet each other?

Will went to college with Graham's cousin, who encouraged Will to see Graham play solo. Will immediately recognized Graham's immense and unique talents and knew right away that he wanted to play with him. About a year later, they shared a bill with Charles' progressive rock band. They hit it off with Charles and soon thereafter invited him to come to a few practice sessions; Charles officially took up the lead guitar role soon thereafter.

In the fall of 2015, Dan filled in on drums for a run of shows. When the original drummer left the band, Dan was the obvious and perfect choice. Trevor had been in the same music circle for years, playing solo and with other great bands in the area. In November 2016, he joined Whiskerman on tour to open shows as a solo act, joining them on stage for more and more songs as the tour went on, and it became immediately clear that he should join the band full time.

Whiskerman.

Whiskerman.

Is this Whiskerman's first tour?

This is our second time coming to Denver, but have been touring loosely for the last five years. We really started hitting it hard this year.  

What is the band’s current theme song on the road?

The theme songs for our tours lately have been "Unknown Legend" by Neil Young and "Family Tradition" by Hank Williams Jr.

Graham. 

Graham. 

I hate to ask this question, but I am going to. What does Whiskerman mean? How did you guys come up with the band name?

It was based around a song that Graham wrote off of our first LP release. Whiskerman is a folk legend who returns during the end of days.  

Any future music coming out soon?

We are working on our fourth full length record right now with no release date set.

Any additional tours on the horizon?

We are playing a nationwide summer tour in July and August, including a stop at Denver Blues and Brews on August 12th!

Listen to Whiskerman’s record Nomad:

Get yourself over to Larimer Lounge Friday to see Whiskerman live for yourself, and keep up with the band here.

-Sierra

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All Aboard! It's Time to Hop on the Weaves Train. Now.

By: Sierra Voss

Up and coming band Weaves took the stage at Globe Hall this past Wednesday. If you weren't there, yah f*cked up. And if you don’t know them, now is the time to take a listen. This four piece band hailing from Toronto ravaged the stage for a small, but adoring audience at the hall.

In an ocean of artists and bands, Weaves jumps out of the water like a humpback breaching the surface. Their unique sound truly cut through the static and transformed the room into an electric pulsating dance floor on Wednesday night. I couldn't help but think while standing there, “Wow I am never going to see this band in such a small venue ever again.” By the time they come back through Colorado, I’m convinced they will be performing a much larger circuit. Since the release of their self titled album, Weaves (2016), the band has shot up across music publication headlines and recently returned from playing SXSW.

Front boss lady Jasmyn Burke is reminiscent of eating a bag of sour patch kids. The experience starts with a shocking sour punch that turns into a sweet ending, slowly turning into an addictive candy fest as your tongue becomes completely raw. Just thinking about eating another bag makes your face sweat. It’s juicy. Burke’s bandmates certainly held their own on stage as equally talented and charismatic characters too. Morgan Waters (guitar) took an epic solo as he blew into his guitar soundholes, creating what sounded like a pretty wild and wonky pedal effect. Zach Bines (bass) was flaunting his excellent headbanging skills with his flower-decorated bass in tough competition with equally talented headbanger Spencer Cole (drums). This art-rock band is, raw, talented, and worth hopping on the train for. Do it and you’re cool.

Morgan Waters. 

Morgan Waters. 

Check out Weaves' most recent music video release for their song “Shithole” to see what I mean about their sweet and sour vibes:       

  

-Sierra

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This Party Was For Dancing: All Chiefs' EP Release Show at The Squire Lounge

By: Mirna Tufekcic

All Chiefs want you to dance all night. At least, that’s what happened at their EP release party at The Squire Lounge in Denver last Friday. Oh, and they want you to drink. But we’ll come back to that. First, let’s start with the dancing.

The party started with Already Sweaty, a local DJ spinning 70s and 80s pop songs who has been known to open many an All Chiefs’ show. And I can see why. This guy sure knows how to kick off a party! Already Sweaty had people slowly starting to gather for the main show while it was still light outside. I was definitely feeling his grooves as I smoked my cigarette on the patio looking in. The early crowd even formed a dance circle, busting moves before the sun went down.

BOX.

BOX.

BOX, a Denver-based folky blues rock band took the stage next for some tunes. A few songs in, the band played “Wasted”, and it went like this: “We’re all on our way to wasted/tomorrow’s hangover will come too soon”. I was starting to see the pattern here: drinking with dancing to follow. Halfway through their set, BOX put actual cardboard boxes over their heads, and closed with a couple of harder sounds. The crowd looked pleased. It was time for the main event.

All Chiefs.

All Chiefs.

When All Chiefs started to set up onstage, the patio became packed. The night was finally in full swing. Every corner around the bar inside was lined with thirsty, chatty folk, eager to hear the five-piece’s set. Drummer Ben Batchelor’s words from earlier in the evening echoed in my mind, and I laughed thinking about how he said the band intentionally start their sets at the “critical mass of drunkenness.” That’s when the first song started, the track “Collecting Dust” from their brand-spanking new EP Fashion Forward. As I made my way toward the front of the stage, All Chiefs then started in on their cover of Ace of Base’s “The Sign”. And being a 90’s kid, that had me hooked.

All Chiefs' Set List + Illicits.

All Chiefs' Set List + Illicits.

Beyond the booze and all the moves, it’s worth mentioning that Mic Carroll, lead vocalist of the band, has an amazing voice. I knew this guy a few years back from karaoke Wednesdays at the now defunct Catacombs in Boulder, where he ran the gig. I stood back, remembering how Carroll would grab the mic to do a cover, and it instantly became clear to everyone present that he wasn’t just your regular karaoke fan. Way to let your soul outchy’er mouth, Mic!

A few more songs from Fashion Forward followed, and the floor was hot! In fact, Carroll prefaced one track by saying, “This song is about dancing. Just think of it like an alien invasion, except instead of them taking over, they just want you to dance!” Did the crowd and I boogie? Yes; yes we did.

Watch All Chiefs' music video for their single, "Pusher":

The crowd cheered when the band called the end of the show, and an encore chant began. All Chiefs closed with a bangin’ cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “Dance Yrself Clean”, a track that just couldn’t have been a more perfect ending to their captivating show.

All Chiefs are so worth seeing live, and their next show is July 14th at Mile High SpiritsThey’re a fun, dancey rock band whose songs easily stick with you. Their music is heartfelt, and that’s evidenced best when you get to watch them bop and groove onstage, instruments in hand. As Justen Howard, guitarist/vocals for the band said, “We’re having so much fun and we want everyone who comes to see us to have fun too!” So go have fun with these guys soon, and in the meantime, listen to their great new release Fashion Forward.  

-Mirna

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