Featuring: In The Whale, Hellgrammites, & CITRA at Bluebird Theatre, Denver, CO, 07/21/18
In The Whale brought out everyone's punk rock side this past weekend as they played for an electric Bluebird Theater. They were joined by excellent local bands, Hellgrammites and Citra, who put on equally epic performances. Hellgrammites were able to kick things off with their hardcore style, blended with some soft rock melodies to getting the crowd going. Citra is always a fan favorite, and they did not disappoint; they rocked our socks off to get us ready for In The Whale.
Having come off a performance at Warped Tour and a mini tour following, In The Whale’s hometown show celebrated their album Dopamine, which will be available everywhere August 3rd. In The Whale have an old school grunge style that has landed them a very loyal following with a sound that is unique to them, which is hard to do these days. Their show on Saturday was just more proof, where everyone had a good time, whether moshing or just bobbing their heads.
You can pre-order Dopamine on iTunes. And you can see them live on their tour starting July 29th.
In The Whale
Featuring: The Dear Hunter, The Family Crest, & VAVA at Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO 12/06/17
The Dear Hunter’s tour made its way through Denver this past week with a stop at The Bluebird Theater. The night started off with an eclectic performance by VAVÁ, fronted by Vanessa Wheeler, who Dear Hunters singer Casey Crescenzo found on Instagram of all places. VAVÁ’s sound can be best described as experimental, with very spacey guitar riffs and picking accompanied by hip-hop beats. While most were unfamiliar with the band, everyone was able to appreciate the unique tunes from Vanessa.
VAVÁ was followed by The Family Crest, a baroque-pop band from San Francisco. Sharing a somewhat small stage with seven other people isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but TFC was able to pull it off. They had an infectious stage presence that brought a fun-loving energy to everyone in the venue.
Looking around after TFC was finished, it was interesting to see all the different types of people packed into The Bluebird, especially the variety of ages of people attending. This is a testament to the quality of music and live performance of The Dear Hunter. They’re known for their conceptual albums, with overlying themes of growing up, betrayal, and love, which everyone can relate to. It’s reasons like these that this band has built up such a loyal following over the past decade.
The Dear Hunter finally took the stage and from the start, hit everyone with a dose of their multi-layered style of music. They were able to transition from heavier songs to mesmerizing rock ballads with ease and played many of their older hits like “Wave” and songs from their newest EP All Is As All Should Be. The whole set felt somewhat like a trance; it lasted for a little over two hours but at the end it only felt like a half hour set. For their final song, Dear Hunter played “King of Swords (Reversed),” leaving everyone satisfied with a great night of music.
You can follow The Dear Hunter on the last few dates of their winter tour and grab their new EP here.
The Dear Hunter
The Family Crest
Featuring: Whitney at Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO 12/03/17
Chicago’s Whitney came through Denver this week for double-shows at Bluebird Theater December 3rd and 4th. The six-piece outfit, who are best known for the 70s-inspired indie rock sounds, have only been together as a project for two short years. In that time, they’ve released only their debut album, Light Upon The Lake (2016), which saw them touring internationally and signed to Secretly Canadian. The record was produced by Jonathan Rado (Foxygen).
Whitney first came together when members Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich’s former project Smith Westerns ended. Ehrlich, who had also drummed for Unknown Mortal Orchestra, became the main vocalist of Whitney and remains so, which is somewhat of a rarity in the music realm for a drummer. As such, Ehrlich was seated atop a risen platform for the Bluebird shows, allowing the audience to see him well as the clear frontman of the band.
Singer-songwriter Julie Byrne opened the sold-out evening on Sunday, which proved to be a bit of a challenge for a crowd who was ready for more noise. Her lullaby-vocals and finger-picking on guitar were indeed beautiful, but were often interrupted by the chatter of the Bluebird crowd (darn you Denvah- respect!).
When Whitney took the stage, the crowd cheered; next to me a girl with “X’s” on her hands teared up in excitement and commented that she too had a sinus infection after Erlich announced apologies for his own illness. Though you wouldn’t think of Whitney as your typical teen-heartthrob act (or… would you?), I can confirm (at least in Denver) that they in fact, are.
Whitney proceeded to play tunes from Light Upon The Lake; the title track was a clear crowd favorite. They also dropped in both a Bob Dylan and a Neil Young cover; later they surprised us with a track which they announced was new and will likely be released on their next album. Ehrlich talked directly and often to the crowd, even telling a story of the band’s venture to Topo Designs earlier in the day where he stole a bunch of free soap that fell out of his pockets onstage, making you feel more like you were his friend at a house show more than anything else, which really connected the audience to the band’s every move. The six-piece returned on Monday for a second set, and one of their last of 2017. Currently, their only other listed performance is a New Year’s Eve show at Brooklyn Steel in New York.
Though their upcoming record is still hush-hush, it will be interesting to see what Whitney follows up with. Their experience and well-connectedness in the industry, along with their successful trajectory over the past two years on the road, leads us to believe they could be rocking at much bigger venues the next time they roll through town.
Keep up with Whitney here.