From "Spirit in the Sky" to 180BPM Hard Rock, Villain Baritone is Ready to Make You Dance Saturday at Studio 700

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Boulder's Villian Baritone are ready to rock out with you this weekend, masks and all.

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We’re getting excited to party with you + Whiskey Autumn, Villain Baritone, and Noctogon this Saturday at Studio 700 Boulder! Get your masks for the masquerade theme STAT and don’t forget to peep the deets in the FB event here. As we mentioned Monday in our Noctogon feature, local alt-power trio Villain Baritone put together the all-Boulder lineup for this event, and today we’re catching up with them! Comprised of Joshua Thomas (drums), Robert Spears (bass/keys) and Brent Wilkinson (vocals/guitar), our first feature on these dudes dropped shortly after they got together and jumped on the scene (eye that piece here). And boyyyy have they been busy since. Here’s our catch up:

Last time we chatted, you guys were actually in the process of laying down some tracks at Studio 700. Give us an update!

Brent: Well we’ve been working on polishing our live sound. We’ve sent our song “Vines” around, but other then that, we’ve just been rehearsing as much as we can and setting up our show.

Rob: We’ve got a full set; an hour long set, and the songs are really starting to take shape and fall into place.

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Josh: [At the show Saturday] we’ll be playing 7 or 8 originals. We’ll play some covers too- we’ll be doing a Dr. Dog cover, a Black Keys song, Tracy Chapman…

Rob: And don’t forget Norman.

Josh: Oh right- Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky”.

Oh hell yeah! That sounds awesome.

Josh: We’ve also been playing with Andrew Sturtz, so for the show we’ll back him on a couple of his own [originals] and he’s gonna back us on some of ours too, which is the beginning stages of a possible mashup. Hunter Stone will make some stage appearances as well. [PS: We heard Sturtz has a No Name show tomorrow- click here for that info.]

Brent: Yeah it’s been fun working with them- they’re both talented and their material kind of compliments ours.

Sweet! Putting together a full set from scratch is workkk. What was that like?

Rob: When we first started our creative drive came from Brent’s songs- he had written them already and we sort of turned those into our own songs. But then- and I’ve never done this before- we started writing together, the three of us. It’s a difficult thing when you have different personalities and all three of us come from different places musically- Josh and I aren’t even on our first instruments either. But we really just started to click together as a trio. One day we sat down and were like, ‘Let’s write a song today’. We threw out different things- we wanted it to be dancy, to have a drive to it- and a couple of hours later the song was done! So what kind of started as a causal jam thing that we were doing at The Outback has become more.

Brent: Definitely. We’ve been playing together since the summer but the platform we’re at now is getting a feel for the process of the trio itself. It’s great and it’s night and day from what we started with.

Rob: Yeah I mean we’ve actually even thrown out a few songs because we’ve just moved on to bigger and better things. Out set list is pretty dynamic- I mean we go from 160BPM-

Josh: ...More like 180BPM.

Rob (laughs): Yeah like 180 BPM almost hard rock to like soul and jazz influences.

Brent: Yeah bringing in the tone of it all has been fun.

Well we are hardcore diggin’ said tones in “Vines” and we can’t wait for VB's set Saturday. Props on a sweet lineup dudes, and thanks for letting us be a part of the magic.

Come see Villain Baritone’s set at Studio 700 this Saturday! Join the FB event righhhht here. And if you missed them on the radio last Sunday as part of our Green Light Radio partnership (or even if you didn’t!) give their track “Vines” a listen below:

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.