Review: Denver Meatpacking Company Bring Retro 90s Sounds To The Modern Age With New Record 'Escape'

By: Nathan Sheppard

Denver Meatpacking Company, a Denver based three piece rock band, will be releasing their second album Escape this Friday, September 29th. The album is a throwback to the early 90s rock scene, with a unique blend of indie and a little grunge, creating an old school sound with hints of The Pixies and The Presidents of the United States of America. Denver Meatpacking Company has a raw energy to their music that you don’t see often today. Jack Endino, who helped produce some of the early albums from Nirvana and Soundgarden, was a perfect fit to collaborate with for Escape. Together with Endino, the band have created a 12-song album which combines fast paced rock songs with quiet verses and loud choruses with slower songs, creating a good dynamic contrast and an edginess to the sound of the record that isn’t overbearing.

Denver Meatpacking Company.

Denver Meatpacking Company.

For this album, the band, which consists of Jerome Bellian (drums/vocals), Alfred Mueller (bass/vocals), and David Simutis (guitar/lead vocals) took some basic gear and isolated themselves in the mountains of Colorado to get lost in the creative process.

“I cooked tacos for breakfast while we plotted out the day and ran through what we’d done the night before,” said Alfred, “There was no pressure, no rushing, just playing and getting the songs down. Sometimes you have to escape from it all to get it all together.”

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Being able to focus solely on producing new songs, Denver Meatpacking Company was able to come up with the lyrics and riffs which let them build each track on Escape. This stripped down approach resulted in a solid album that combines the different sounds of 90s rock- including guitar with heavy distortion, smooth bass lines, and energetic drum fills- to create a fun blast to the past that still reeks enough original to keep the listener engaged.

If you’re looking to jam out to the Denver Meatpacking Company’s new record live, the trio have a show coming up this Sunday, October 1st at Bruz Beers. Keep up with Denver Meatpacking Company here.

-Nathan

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Television Generation's New EP Fuchsia + Their Move Into the Denver Music Scene

By: Claire Woodcock

Will Hayden (vocals/guitar), Katy Johnson (bass), and Anthony Elio (drums) split from Boulder for the Denver area after their respective exits from CU, where Television Generation came to be. That was in 2012, when the EDM scene was exclusively big in Boulder and there was little wiggle room in the music scene for a punk rock presence.

"I think Boulder has a problem with being a transient kind of place,” said Hayden. “Tons of people go [there] for college; these people come and most of them go. People just move away. And a lot of the bands that we saw pop up when we were in college are no longer active.”

Television Generation.

Television Generation.

TVG set their sights on the Denver scene and recorded their first EP If Only I Had A Brain with Mammoth Cave Recording Studios in 2013. After some feedback from producer Lance Bendiksen (The Fray), Hayden and Elio broke out the metronome and put more hours into mastering their ’60s pop, ’90s grunge, alt rock energy. Johnson joined TVG a few months after the band released their second EP Digital Static (2015), a release that includes a track called “Space Invaders” mixed by Jack Endino from Nirvana.

A year later, Television Generation has released their third EP Fuchsia with Todd Divel of Silo Sound Recording Studio in Denver. Hayden says they went into their first session thinking that they would only have time to lay down one or two tracks. But the result was an EP’s worth of tunes recorded over the course of just a few hours. It could have been the Simpsons references exchanged between TVG and Divel that kept things grooving. Or it could have just been, as Johnson said, “We were having a really good day.”

Check out Television Generation’s latest EP, Fuchsia:

Fuchsia operates on a sliding scale between garage rock, post-punk, super punk, (if that were legitimate genre) and alt rock. Television Generation told me they drew inspiration for this release from The Beatles, The Who and most notably, Sonic Youth. Johnson employs a Kim Gordon-esque style on Fuchsia by creating a lot of garage rock noise and manipulating the distortion and delay pedals to produce all kinds of uncomfortable, yet totally satisfying feedback in the middle of pop songs.

Will Hayden of TVG.

Will Hayden of TVG.

Back on the subject of the Denver scene, Hayden said that when Johnson joined the group, the trio started checking out other punk acts, which has become a huge support system for TVG.

“That’s what a music scene is and should be.” said Hayden.

Branching out from Boulder to Denver allowed TVG to not only meet talented bands, but to get a sense of the quality of the younger bands popping up from all over the place.

“The flux of people to Colorado probably helps because there's a lot of fresh blood out here and they're looking for places to play, and that's kind of what I was saying about Boulder [being transient],” said Hayden. “There are a lot of people coming in from out of state obviously for the weed and all that, and a lot of people see it as a bad thing, but I think it's really good for the music [scene]. It brings in a lot of fresh, excited people and I think that’s what we haven’t seen in years past: that excitement in people finding local bands. There’s enough talent and enough people interested, so let's blow it up as much as we can.”

TVG thinks that these trends in the Denver music scene will only continue to soar.

“We could make Denver the new Seattle.” Hayden added, with enough conviction in his voice that the possibility could someday be true.

TVG.

TVG.

This Sunday, November 6th, Television Generation will ‘Rock Against Trump’ at Seventh Circle Music Collective with an anti-Trump CD release show, featuring a whole laundry list of bands in the Denver punk scene. If you’re looking to rage the day before the election, this is where you should be. Proceeds will be donated to the Standing Rock protesters and Amnesty International.

Keep up with Television Generation here.

-Claire

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