Eros and the Eschaton Release Sophomore Album, 'Weight of Matter'

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Back in 2012, Eros and the Eschaton were a North Carolina-based experimental duo comprised of couple Kate Perdoni and Adam Hawkins. In 2013, the two put out their debut record, Home Address for Civil War, on the coveted indie label Bar/None Records (Alex Chilton, Yo La Tengo), which gained critical acclaim as a shoegaze pop hit. Fast forward to 2016, and you’ll find Eros and Eschaton at their new home base in Colorado Springs, CO with members Alex Koshak (drums), Ryan Spradlin (bass), and Mitch Macura (keyboards) filling out their lineup. Just last Friday, the group released their sophomore album, Weight of Matter, also on Bar/None Records. And we have really been diggin’ on it.

Eros and the Eschaton.

Eros and the Eschaton.

In the span of just a few days, Weight of Matter has garnered some major buzz with reviews in Consequence of Sound, Scene Magazine, and more. The band’s single, “Rxx”, has been all over CPR's OpenAir, and this Friday, the group is throwing their album release show at Larimer Lounge with Colorado favorites I Sank Molly Brown and Maybe Baby & The Bitch Boys.

The album artwork for  Weight of Matter .

The album artwork for Weight of Matter.

Weight of Matter remains loyal to the band’s pop styling roots from their previous release, while also showcasing the talents of each musician in the group. There are beats to keep you moving mixed with Hawkins’ atmospherically dreamy vocals on the band’s tune “Cry”, there are tasty bass lines behind Perdoni’s flawless garage-y vibes on the album’s single, “Rxx”, and Macura’s keys can be heard stringing together fantastic melodies throughout the album while Hawkins riffs you away into shoegaze oblivion. Weight of Matter manages to play with elements of alt rock, classic pop, atmospheric indie, and garage punk (sometimes even within the same song), all the while remaining a smooth, well-composed, and lyrically inventive work of art.

The album’s single, “Rxx”, which is worth mentioning all on its own, is everything a great neo-psychedlia/shoegaze track should be: poppy keys that invite you to the stage over rocking guitar riffs, a low-end of bass bumps and drum thumps that keep you moving, and Perdoni’s echoey vocals carrying you through the 60s and 70s in what could be a massive indie radio hit. As Perdoni told Consequence of Sound in a recent interview, “Rxx” is made up of “novel flashes in rock and roll history”, and it’s done with an infectious energy that feels exciting and upbeat rather than longingly nostalgic. It’s addictive to listen to.

Eros and Eschaton are an exciting act to have floating around the Colorado music scene, and Weight of Matter is a stellar album. Check it out for yourself here, preview a few songs from the record on Bar/None’s website, and make sure to get yourself to the band’s Larimer release show this Friday! Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

Keep up with Eros and Eschaton on their Facebook.

-Hannah

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Blitzen Trapper Trapped My Heart

By: Sierra Voss

It was a sleepy Tuesday night in Boulder when Blitzen Trapper took the stage at The Fox Theatre. The Portland based group rolls five members deep, and were accompanied onstage by two flags repping their Oregon State stomping grounds. Blitzen Trapper has been crushing out music for the last fifteen years, with seven full-length albums under their belt. Their most recent release is a 10-track studio album titled, All Across This Land (2015). The group’s dynamic musical styling, insightful lyrical conquests, and laid back vibes are worth getting out of bed for, even on the sleepiest of weekday nights. So I did.

Blitzen Trapper's genre is definitely eclectic. The members of the band clearly have a deep love and profound respect for 70’s and 80’s classic rock. However, their songs also incorporate bluegrass, folk, soul, psychedelia and metal elements. All of these sounds are then umbrellaed by a feeling of Americana. Lead singer and guitarist Eric Earley put it best when he said: “We like to explore. And sometimes that’s not so easy for people to deal with. But we’re going to just keep on doing what we do.” And no one is complaining. It is this type of exploration, grounded in foundational classic artists like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Led Zeppelin that truly capture the hearts of Blitzen Trapper’s fans.

Watch the music video for Blitzen Trapper’s “Furr”:

One of the things I respect most about this band is their consistency in delivering an epic show, and Tuesday night’s performance was no exception. Blitzen Trapper is all about subtleties. You will fall in love with the small and quirky moments of their shows. Earley boyishly smiled and chuckled between songs while Erik Menteer (guitar/keyboard) fist bumped the sky after a ripping guitar solo. And Marty Marquis (guitar/keyboards/vocals/melodica) patted his chest close to the mic as a form of stripped-down percussion during the encore set, filling the quiet venue with a heartbeat during their cover of "Helplessly Hoping". It was my favorite moment of the show.

Blitzen Trapper at The Fox. Photo per the author.

Blitzen Trapper at The Fox. Photo per the author.

The band laid down some incredible covers throughout the night including “Cinnamon Girl”, “Knockin On Heavens Door”, and their newly recorded version of “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow”. They played a wide sampling from their new release, including my two favorites: “Rock and Roll (Was Made For You)” and “Love Grow Cold”. Classic Blitzen Trapper songs were also featured in their set: “Black River Killer”, “Love The Way You Walk Away”, “Wild Mountain Nation”, “Not Your Lover”, “Sleepy Time In the Western World”, and there was a powerful audience sing-along to their most well-known song, “Furr”.

I highly recommend taking some time to follow the musical journey of Blitzen Trapper’s seven albums. It’s an impressive collection, to say the least. Oh, and do yourself a favor: don't miss their next show!

-Sierra

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The Pamlico Sound: Get Baptized in Funk This Saturday at The Lazy Dog

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Boulder's TPS are back in the game. 

Funk, soul, and psychedelia. That’s what Boulder’s The Pamlico Sound is all about. Formed in 2010, TPS has shared the stage with acts like Orgone, Kung Fu, Rowdy Shadehouse, The Magic Beans, and Technicolor Tone Factory. The eight-piece outfit have played The Fox, The Boulder Theater, The Bluebird, The Oriental, and many other local favorite spots. In 2014, the band took a hiatus as members worked on other projects, but they want you to know something Boulder: They’re Back! The Pamlico Sound will be throwing one crazy dance party at The Lazy Dog this Saturday, complete with a new killer rhythm section, an explosion of energy, and their “Jive Church” experience (just keep reading and it will all make sense soon young ones). In anticipation for the show, we sat down with the driving force behind the band, Will Baumgartner (vocals/baritone and soprano sax/flute/harmonica) to chat more about TPS and their plans for a 2016 takeover! Keep reading:

So Will, talk to us more about the “Jive Church” concept that TPS and their fans have been raving about since the band’s reformation. We’ve heard good things.

Glad you asked! The Jive Church basically turns our shows into an interaction between Pastor Will B (aka me, The Reverend Ever Ready), the Deacons (band members), Ghana Queen (our female vocalist), and the Congregation (audience) like so: As the pastor/reverend, I ask emphatically, “Can I get a ‘Hell Yeah’ from the Deacons?!”, to which the people onstage reply even more vigorously, “HELL YEAH!” Then, I turn to the audience: “Can I get a ‘Hell Yeah’ from the CONGREGATION?!” This often escalates to urgent calls of “Can I get a ‘F*CK YEAH?!’” And so on… Then, at least once during the show (usually toward the middle and the end), we offer a Funk Baptism, which consists of encouraging members of the Congregation to come to the edge of the stage (or up onto the stage itself), to be sprayed with Funky Holy Water (it’s a lot more sanitary than it sounds) while they writhe and contort in the Holy Spirit of the Funk. Our shows are also spiced up by brief “sermons” from me, Pastor Will/Reverend Ever Ready.

Wow. You literally spray people with Funky Holy Water and they love it?! I’m intrigued and impressed. Are you planning a lot of Funk Baptisms for Saturday’s show at The Lazy Dog? What else are you guys excited about?

Dang, that’s a GOOD QUESTION! In no particular order: Returning to our favorite small club in the homietown; our first show with new member (on trombone and vocals) Thom Holum; our second show with new drummer Curtis Collazo; the great likelihood of having some old friends/local luminaries sit in with the band; periodic stage diving into the arms of our beloved homiefans…

The Pamlico Sound bringing a funkadelic party to any show almost feels like an understatement for the picture my mind is making from all of this…

Yeah- we started out playing rager parties on the Hill to delirious hordes of sweaty wild-eyed lunatics, and that’s still how we approach every show: if you’re not sweaty, wild-eyed and delirious, you’ve mistakenly wandered into another show by a band of impostors. We are here to make you (and ourselves) feel ridiculously happy and free. And aside from the Jive Church shenanigans mentioned above, we always do things like sending the horn players out to wander amidst the crowd and play directly to them, “walk the bar” and so on; we also are known to frequently leap offstage and dance with crowd, and invite audience members to come onstage to sing and  dance with us.

The Pamlico Sound. Photo Credit:   Miles Photography

The Pamlico Sound. Photo Credit: Miles Photography

It sounds like to get the full TPS experience, we’ve got to come to a live show. We can’t wait! Beyond the insanity planned to rock the LD, what’s on deck for The Pamlico Sound in 2016?

We plan to give up sugar and coffee, participate in beauty pageants, and save kittens from trees. After we’ve done all that, we are planning to record all our new songs with Josh Fairman at Scanhope Sound (Josh has recently recorded/produced/mixed/mastered albums by The New Mastersounds, Atomga, and Analog Son, among others.) We’re also in the planning stages for our next Funkstravaganza, which is where we choose our favorite local funk bands and throw a big fat dance party with them at Cervantes’ in Denver. That will probably be happening in March or April. We’re also looking at festivals and regional tours.

Awesome! Anything else you want to tell us before Saturday, Pastor Will B?

Bring us your wired, your floored, your hugging bastards longing to be Flea.

Funk yeah. See you there Beaters.

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Watch The Pamlico Sound perform in the Radio1190 Studio here:

-Hannah

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If you're looking for a weird night out, this could be it Boulder.

By: Hannah Oreskovich

For the deadheads. 

You trippin'.

You trippin'.

I don’t know why I didn’t anticipate the Grateful Dead following I’ve found here in Boulder. I know Colorado loves a good jam band- people are still insisting on telling me about their experience at that Phish show at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park last month. And don’t worry- if you missed out, Phish are actually rolling back through Colorado for double nights at The Fillmore in November.

But yes. Colorado loves a good jam band. So it should have made sense that I’d find a collective of Deadheads in Boulder. And with the semi-recent opening of Owsley’s Golden Road on The Hill, it’s obvious there is a demand for the eclectic style of zee dead, “which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock. . . and instrumental jams.” And so Deadheads, this one’s for you. If you f*cking love jam bands, if you f*cking love space rock, if you f*cking love acid, then I’ve got two fine options for you tonight in Boulder:

1. The Dark Star Orchestra is playing the Boulder Theater tonight and you can go for $25. The DSO has been playing shows together for 17 years to “continue the Grateful Dead concert experience.” They’ve played small venues, giant festivals, and they even have their own gathering (of course) called The Dark Star Jubilee. Their set list will be comprised of songs throughout the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of touring, so you’ll get a little taste of all the magic. And if you happen to miss this (or you just want more), at the end of the month, two members of the DSO will play a show with their sons at Owsley’s, which you can read more about here. The fun starts at 8PM tonight kids.

Artwork at Owsley's.

Artwork at Owsley's.

 

2. Do you remember drinking purple vodka s*hit at The Goose? Well you can’t do that anymore, bro. What was once the Goose is now Owsley’s Golden Road in Boulder, a Grateful Dead-themed bar named after the famous sound engineer and LSD cook, Owsley Stanley. This actually completes a trio of Denver/Boulder based Grateful Dead bars for owner Jay Bianchi. You have probably been to Quixote’s True Blue and Sancho’s Broken Arrow if you love Owsley’s. In fact, allegedly, there are actually groups of people who just party between the three spots living out of their vans on a very consistent basis. But look the point is, tonight The Jive Tribe is playing Owsley’s and you could go check that out my dear Deadheads. The Jive Tribe are a Denver-based jam band and their show will hit Owsley’s stage from 7-11PM.

So go get tab it, you jam-band loving Boulderites.

-Hannah

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