The Lollygags Release New Self-Titled EP of Feel-Good, Upbeat Rock

By: Austin Michon

On their latest self-titled EP, Denver band The Lollygags find a mature sound, reminiscent of classic rock for the modern era. Catchy, feel-good, upbeat rock and roll is the name of the game for this new release. The new lineup of Jonathan Snyder (vocals/guitar), JT Nething (vocals/guitar), Austin Rosen (drums), and Brian A.C (bass) creates a departure from the raw feeling of their 2014 release, People I Know.

According to Snyder, “Unlike that album, this time around I didn't have to play everything. Back then the band was just me and a rotating cast of characters. This time around there was more of a solid lineup and we'd been playing together for a while.” It shows. In 2017, they have crafted a refined, dirty sound that is reserved, yet edgy, and something completely unique.

Unapologetically memorable guitar riffs drive the pace of this EP, while the rhythm section creates a strong foundation, and a relaxed, yet urgent vocal line slithers in and out of the tracks. Ranging from fast paced groovy numbers (“Just Like the Rest of Them,” “Beneath the Floor”) to slower ballads (“As Hardcore as It Gets”) to Southern rock-inspired slow jams (“Drown”), the band presents something for anyone who likes good music and wants to forget the troubles of the world for a bit.

The five songs from Lollygags’ newest EP take the listener on a journey of infectious grooves through the many influences that create a blend of garage, Southern, classic, and indie rock that will make your toes tap and your head nod. Playing shows since 2011, the band has created quite a following, and the band’s upcoming shows to support their new music will surely not disappoint. Make sure to catch them at Denver’s Hard Rock Cafe this Friday, February 3rd, and keep up with their other gigs here.

-Austin

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Flint Eastwood: Detroit's It Girl Who We Can't Wait to See Live

By: Dawn Raymond

Flint Eastwood won't let anyone or anything break her (except sick beats).

You have to take the punches life throws and transform them into something your mama would be proud of. That's exactly what Jax Anderson, aka Flint Eastwood, did with her six song EP released in November 2015. The song entitled "Find What You're Looking For" was inspired by her biggest fan's final words to Jax before her death. Those words were: "Don't let this break you". That biggest fan? Her mother. In homage to all final words, mothers and biggest fans everywhere, this track deserves some love.  

Flint Eastwood

Flint Eastwood

Listen to “Find What You’re Looking For”:

On a brighter note, the poppy "Glitches" is a catchy, rhythmic total keeper. Much of the rest of the new EP has an upbeat and danceable tempo to boot. Flint Eastwood is slated to swing through the Denver/Boulder region sometime this spring, so shine up your dancing shoes and stay tuned. For a show schedule and more information, check out her Facebook page.

Listen to “Glitches”:

-Dawn

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Wilson Harwood: A Fall Tour, A Spring EP, & His Current Single "Saturated in Sunshine"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Wilson Harwood's been busy and his new music is rad.

Boulder artist Wilson Harwood.

Boulder artist Wilson Harwood.

If you haven’t yet heard, local singer-songwriter Wilson Harwood just dropped a new single. And it’s tasty. Harwood’s “Saturated in Sunshine” opens with an easy-listening, beachy vibe that soon has you singing-along to its catchy, upbeat chorus. Harwood has managed to combine what feels like a smooth lullaby with a buoyant reminiscence of something lost; you can almost feel the warm tide rolling over your feet as his voice sweeps over drippy percussion and soft guitars. Just days after dropping it online, Harwood had his single release party featuring Pamela Machala and Cousin Curtiss, which was a huge success. So we wanted to catch up with him and hear more about his solo work (you may know him from Rocktin), what inspired him to write “Saturated in Sunshine,” and what his plans are for the fall. Read on:

So we know you have some involvement with Boulder-based Rocktin. Tell us about your venture into the solo world and what it has been like now creating from that perspective.

It is super fun to play with Rocktin and create music with so many collaborators. My new venture into the solo world was a bit daunting at first, but also pushed me in new directions musically. I have enjoyed writing for just banjo, guitar, and ukulele; I really like the challenge of playing with less instrumentation. Overall, it has been a lot of fun recording and performing with an array of different musicians in Boulder and playing to their individual strengths.  

Banjo Indeed.

Banjo Indeed.

“Saturated in Sunshine” is so upbeat and positive. It even feels a bit beachy. What inspired this track?

It’s a bit ironic since the nearest beach is hundreds of miles away, but the song started as just an improvised recording session. I like to simply create for creation’s sake at times and “Saturated In Sunshine” was the result of doing just that. I think the chord progression came first, which inspired the beachy feel, but the idea of a couple falling out of love in paradise was a spur of the moment creation while recording some scratch lyrics. I like the irony of it feeling upbeat and positive, but having a heavy tinge of “down and out” as well.

That sort of play is definitely evident on the track. What was it like recording at The Hook Factory?

The Hook Factory is actually the name of my mixing engineer, Justin Peacock’s, company. He rents out space at Silo Sound Studios in Denver. It was very different from recording sessions I had done with Rocktin in the past where we had hours of tracking and several isolation booths. For “Saturated In Sunshine,” I just recorded the acoustic guitar over the production I had already made at home. I then overdubbed vocals on top of that and it was a wrap!

Sometimes simple is the best way to go. Speaking of- we love the pastel goodness that is your album art for this track. Was this something you created?

Thanks! Actually my talented friend Adrian Flynt made the artwork. He is the bass player in Rocktin and a great artist. We are also working together on the artwork for my next single, which will drop on 02/09/2016.

Very cool. So your single release party was an awesome success. Tell us what it was like putting together the lineup for that show with Pamela Machala and Cousin Curtiss. And what was your favorite part of that show?

The show was a ton of fun. I was very happy to have Pamela Machala on board and have always admired her songwriting. Cousin Curtiss was actually recommended to me by Shine’s booking manager. Once I saw that Curtiss was a looping artist, played great music, and traveled around in a tiny home, I knew I wanted to add him to the line up. My favorite part of the show was when I realized the audience was listening so intently that I had to pause and tell them it felt like I was performing to them in my living room. The show was a perfect mix of intimate listening tracks and danceable grooves.

Always a good combination. Talk to us about your plans this fall. Any more releases planned? Recording? Is a music video for “Saturated in Sunshine” in the works?

I am actually touring on “Saturated In Sunshine” around Colorado and New Mexico until January. Then, in February, I’ll be having my next single release party at Swallow Hill in Denver. I have all of my recordings finished and am currently having them mixed and mastered. So actually in May, I’ll release a five-song EP. And you know, I did make a music video for “Saturated In Sunshine,” but we didn’t release it. We wanted a slightly different aesthetic and production in the end. But keep an eye out for a music video for my next single in February!

Wow! Jam packed plans. We dig that. You can listen to “Saturated in Sunshine” below:

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Check out Wilson Harwood’s tour schedule, musings, and other music on his website here.

-Hannah

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