With Rates Of Domestic Violence On The Rise, Married A Dead Man Releases Surprise Cover of Til Tuesday’s, “Voices Carry”

Release Date: August 7, 2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: 

  • Jaime Noah: drums
  • Luca Grieman: guitars
  • Megan Kelley: lead vocals and keyboards
  • Travis Rosen: bass and backing vocals 

Favorite Tracks: Voices Carry (Til Tuesday Cover)

Sounds Like: Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, The Room In The Wood, Mazzy Star, Gary Numan, The Damned (Darkwave Era), and Dead Can Dance. 


As the world copes with the COVID pandemic and stay at home orders. Statistics are showing cases of domestic violence are on the rise. Way back in 1985, Til Tuesday dropped their chart topping hit, “Voices Carry”.

Denver’s Married A Dead Man dropped a surprise cover of the song yesterday. I love this track! MADM is one of the best bands to cover such an iconic track. They are donating a portion of the proceeds to Safehouse Denver, a local nonprofit organization. Per Safehouse’s website, “SafeHouse Denver works to eliminate domestic violence in our communities by: 

-providing shelter and counseling to survivors of abuse;
-working with public and community agencies to improve the way our systems respond to domestic violence;
-and by offering educational programming to prevent future violence

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I loved this track so much. I reached out to front-woman Megan Kelley for comment regarding the track. Per Megan, “”We have wanted to cover this song for three years, and it’s finally come to fruition. The lyrics are written from a female’s perspective of being controlled by her male partner. Re-imagining this song, getting in touch with the lyrics, and making it our own, musically, was very important to us. We hope you like it! Digital release format only: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, SoundCloud, our Youtube channel, and any other streaming platforms. 

It’s also for digital purchase at Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes. A portion of the sales will go to Safehouse Denver, who assist adults, children, and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence. On a personal note, the reason we decided to cover this song is because of relationship experiences our singer has had. It was cathartic and healing for her and us to play this song.”

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Did you know that physical violence is not the only form of domestic violence? If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence. Please do not hesitate to call 911 in the event of an emergency. If you need to talk with someone please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. 

You can check out Married A Dead Man’s cover of “Voices Carry” here, https://marriedadeadman.bandcamp.com/. Per MADM, this single was self produced, rearranged, some the chords were given a darker tone. The changing of the chords really makes this sound like an original MADM track,  The band is also seeking a guitar player. Maybe if we all donate enough money they can put this one out on vinyl!

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Weathered Statues – “Borderlands”

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Release Date: May 11, 2018

Format: LP, CD, digital

Label: Svart Records

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

  • Jennie Mather: voice and words
  • Jason Heller: guitar
  • Bryan Flanagan: bass
  • Andrew Warner: drums

Track listing:

  1. Corpse Candle
  2. Betrayal
  3. The Silver Cliff
  4. Dark Tides
  5. Ossuary
  6. Heather
  7. Hypnagogia
  8. Holy Masquerade
  9. Sabbat
  10. The Widow Sunday

Sounds Like: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, X-Ray Spex, early New Order and The Cure.

Band Bio: Taken from Svart Records website: “As the earth turns toward a colder era and humans struggle to adapt to a bleaker autumn breeze, a new music shivers in the shadows. There stand Weathered Statues. The group convened in early 2017 in Denver, Colorado, with three members having previously performed together in the post-doom outfit Cloak of Organs (along with members of  Planes Mistaken for Stars and Wovenhand).

Singer-keyboardist Jennie Mather, guitarist-keyboardist Jason Heller, and drummer Andrew Warner (also of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club) recruited bassist Bryan Flanagan, and the newly dubbed quartet of Weathered Statues began forging songs of mutation, betrayal, dislocation, erosion, and decay, subsequently playing shows with everyone from Boy Harsher to Pelican. Years ago, Mather and Heller had served in a short-lived shoegaze band called Hyacinth with Anthony Couri (previously of Minsk and currently of the Locrian side-project Lake of Violet), and the two of them began to sculpt lush sounds into something far more stark.”


 

Review:

Emotional, raw and well crafted post punk from Denver, CO. Like a lot of post punk, this checks all the boxes of having a solid rhythm section, providing the backdrop for the guitar and keys to create harmonies that are beautiful, but not overly florid. The clean lines those parts create give way to the perfect space for Mather’s vocals, which have strong melodies, without being overly dramatic. Her lyrics are dark but not brooding, which is what I like the most about them. I enjoy how directly she sings about lost love, death, betrayal, and the like, while the band provides the perfect musical backdrop.

The production is great also. The drums are mixed very well, and the overall balance of the band is stellar.

Favorite tracks: Corpse Candle, Betrayal, Dark Tides, Ossuary

On a personal note, I thoroughly enjoy this album and since writing this review, and find myself coming back to it time and time again. I want to play a gig with Weathered Statues!

Links:

https://www.weatheredstatues1.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/weatheredstatuesband/

About the Reviewer: Megan Kelley is the front woman for Denver based post-punk band Married a Dead Man. She is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist and singer, with a full time private music teaching studio. She is also a composer, songwriter and holds degrees in classical voice and piano, as well as a second degree in sound engineering. Music is her entire existence.

Perpacity – The order of Now

Release date: September 7, 2018
Format: Digital

Label: DIY/Indie

Location: Denmark and the UK

Current Lineup:

Martin Nyrup

Ian Harling

Sounds Like: Depeche Mode, The Cure, Soft Cell, Bauhaus, The Room In The Wood, Rat Scabies

Favorite Tracks: Rule The Day, Telethon, Dance To Disco, More, Omega Cacumen


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Here at Colorado Punk Rock Army we are blessed with the ability to review new and different types of music. We love what we do! We can sit at a coffee shop or bar, listening to great music before it hits the airwaves. So when Perpacity announced their new album, back when we reviewed their single, ‘Telethon’. We have been patiently waiting on the new album, “The Order of Now”.

Depeche Modes, “Black Celebration” is one of my favorite albums of all time. This album is considered one the most influential albums of the 1980’s. Perpacity seems to draw heavily from their influences. Does, “The order of Now” sound like, Depeche Mode? Yes and no. While songs like ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Telethon’ do resemble Gore’s historic bass/keyboard sounds, Perpacity brings a less pop like sound.

Their sound is unique with a deeper meaning.

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So let’s go over some tracks some of my favorite songs on the record.  ‘More’ a beautifully well written love song. The intro sound effect, synth sounds, and vocals really stand out on this one. I like the almost, Middle Eastern mystic sound.

“I’ve seen all the rhythm that you’ve got,

When you get excited you want more, more, more.

And when you move, the way you want.

Well I get excited, I want more, more, more.”

 

‘Goodbye’, this song is absolutely haunting. It’s beautiful. The male/female duo have really nailed this song. You almost feel the desolation. I’m going to finish this review with the last track on the record, instrumental only ‘Omega Cacumen’. I love when a band/group throws in some instrumental tracks only. This song dives deep into your heart. My only issue is a feel like it needs to be about a minute longer.

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Overall Perpacity’s, ‘The order of Now’ is like listening to a tale being told, and immersing yourself deeply into a dark synth music world.

Stephen King’s, The Dark Tower series came to mind when listening. I highly recommend this album. Be sure to give a buy and listen below!

Links:

Website: http://www.perpacity.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/perpacity/

Bandcamp: https://perpacity.bandcamp.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2M8DwK9K4dAI6z3VBLsOOw

The Room In The Wood – (Self Titled)

 

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Photo by  Jacob Epstein Bell

Release date: Pre Order open now, full drop, June 22, 2018

Format: Digital, and Physical,

Label: A Turntable Friend Records

Location: Liverpool, England

Photos: (Except for youtube or gif links) Jacob Epstein Bell and Yvonne Marsden

Current Lineup: (Credits on the album)

-Paul Cavanagh guitars & bass

-Dave Jackson vocals

-Colin George Lamont drums & percussion ( 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,12)

-Jake Woodward drums (7)

-Andy Wilson keyboards (1,6,8,10,12)

-Alistair Ligertwood cello (5)

-Natalie James & Mary McCombs backing vocals (1,7,8)

-Steve Powell engineer, co producer

-Recorded at Ark Recording Studios, 3 Birchall Street, Liverpool, L20 8PD (2017/18)

-All songs written by Paul Cavanagh/ Dave Jackson

Our Favorite Track(s): Sensation, Magical Thinking, Nothing Is Real, Greedy Stars,

Sounds Like: The Room, The Fall, Nick Cave, Tindersticks, Bill Calahan, Beck, Fleet

Foxes, The Doors (for Dragonfly), Bert Jansch, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lou Reed, The Eels


 

The one thing I love the most about Colorado Punk Rock Army is the insane amount of music we get exposed to. One month it might be hardcore punk, the next month all pop punk. Sometimes we even get to check out some post punk. Let’s talk a little more about post punk before we get into the review. Even though I’m a huge punk fan, and have been listening to post punk my whole life. I guess I never really knew it was actually a defined genre of music. The coolest thing about post punk is that crosses over into so many different genres of music.

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Photo by  Jacob Epstein Bell

So let’s check out post punkers, Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson’s new outfit, “The Room In The Wood”. Both former members of “The Room” which split in 1985 have reunited to produce an exceptional new album. This album is like going through an experimental musical journey through a Russian fairytale.

The tune, “Greedy Stars”, will set your brain to relaxation. I really enjoyed the dark overtone and deep lyrical writing. The background vocals on this one are dreamy and may cause a feeling of nostalgia. Now onto the track, “Magical Thinking”. It wouldn’t surprise me to see this one make a landing on the charts. The lyrics are catchy, vocals are beautiful. I really liked the almost disco like guitar riff, as the drums bring a slow build. This song sounds a lot like something David Byrne would write.

 

“Raven Girl”, slows it down as we get pure storytelling genius. I love the guitar on this one! The progression is admirable. The drums become so important towards the ending. Again this one may hit the charts. “False Friend”, slows it down a notch. The story is just that of finding a fake or false friend. Always sucks to find out someone is like that. It reminds me a bit of something The Eels would write which makes it a great song.

“Grey Wolf Lullaby”, dives deep into a pool of dream like tones. This is poetic storytelling, with a simple bass and drum behind it. The background vocals blend well in this beautiful song. “Sensation” is by far my favorite track on the album. It has this amazing Western sound, which is easily identified. You can really hear the many different influences on the album, just by checking out this song alone. I can definitely see the rockabilly crowd enjoying this one.

“Oh my heart, after all, life itself is all about sensation”

“Sky Pool”, slows it down again, yet to just a comfortably numb feeling. We still here those sweet Western sounding riffs. Don’t be surprised if this one or “Sensation” ends up in a Quentin Tarantino movie. “Snowblind”, continues the slow direction with brilliant storytelling. Again this to me really feels like an Eels song. It’s happy and will make you skip. The guitar solo is quite elegant. “ Vermillion Sands”, starts to pick the pace back up. The chorus is quite catchy. Again I really enjoy the storytelling on this.

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Photo by Yvonne Marsden

“Time Machine”, deals with self- reflection and lost love. “Nothing is Real”, starts out with some beautiful acoustic and ranges to a full assault. The mix of instruments I can hear is quite extravagant. It sounds like a bit like something the, “Grateful Dead” may have done during their experimental phases. Last, but not least we have, “Snakeways”. This pure acoustic and vocal song caps off the end of the Russian fairy tale story. Although not my favorite song on the album it closes out the elegant album.

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Photo by  Jacob Epstein Bell

Overall this album is pure bliss. With tracks like, ‘Nothing Is Real’, ‘Magical Thing’, and “Sensation’, the duo have crafted a fairytale album. They have not missed a beat since 1985. You can download and purchase physical copies here, on June 22, 2018. Be sure to follow them on Facebook as well. Be sure to check out A Turntable Friend Records as well.

Poptone – Poptone

Release date: late 2017/early 2018?

Format: Digital

Label: Cleopatra

Location: Los Angeles

Current Lineup: Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and Diva Dompé

Our Favorite Track(s) : Mirror People, No Big Deal, Go!

Sounds Like: Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Love and Rockets mixed with The Stooges and The Clash


This is an album of reimagined Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets songs, but more stripped down and simplified. No glittery 80s synths, no dark oppressive drums. Just a solid three piece band, a la simple punk music, with some fuzz on the bass. The hooks are all there and the rhythm section is super good. It’s enjoyable to hear these classic songs in a different way, even if they are somewhat more mellow in tone….the raw bones of the songs are still very vibrant and alive. While I found it surprising to be the album opener, the cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” is smart and well thought out, keeping with the voice and style of the rest of the album.

The feel of Poptone is fresh and modern, while still keeping with their vintage sound from the 70s and 80s. This is a perfect album for when you want to hear these songs, but you don’t want them to take over your sonic space like the original versions did. I could see this being played over dinner, or in a movie, or for when you just want to chill out. It lacks the intensity and production of the originals, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. These songs were well crafted from the start, lending them to be the perfect mellower versions of themselves.

Links:

https://www.poptonetheband.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/poptonemusic/

Bandcamp: https://poptone.bandcamp.com/album/poptone