THE AMENDS // Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom - Denver, CO 3/24/13
Rising Denver-area blues rock band, The Amends took the stage Sunday night to promote their new album What We Could Beand rocked out to an eager crowd. The four-piece has been picking up steam lately, earning spins on college radio stations and notable reviews from publications such as Reverb.
I love the no-frills garage rock sound and catchy tunes. Their new album, What We Could Be (buy it for $5 on BandCamp!) shows their evolution in style and a tighter sound than ever. Check out the video for “A Certain Speed”, the first single off the album below. Expect to hear a lot more from and about these guys!
“New Rochelle”, our featured single from New York area singer/song-writer Peter Kirk is a dark song about taking a night train and ending up somewhere you don’t belong. It mixes electronic elements with acoustic instruments - drum machine, piano, rock drums, and synth bells. It was definitely influenced by Bon Iver’s latest record and also Peter Gabriel’s “Family Snapshot.” Pete’s music in general is influenced by a mixture of 80’s pop like Phil Collins, Talking Heads, and new synth-heavy artists like Francis & the Lights.
Ah, this takes me back to my industrial days. The Soft Moon categorizes themselves as neo-post-punk but with at least two dudes on the synthesizer, its like a flashback to 1990 and you just heard Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine album for the first time, except with a few modern tweaks.
Luis Vasquez and his band bring their dirty electronic sound to the present day with a focus on their live show. Ron Robinson does the visuals for the band, aiming to bring you a “full sensory experience”. Check it out!
My favorite danc-erific 7-piece band has put together some of their best songs from years past in this awesome and very FREE live album. Yup, free. Their style? “Afro-Caribbean Barnyard Funk”. Intrigued? Download on their website here. You could of course always donate a 5 spot to help a band out :)