Blue Mesa- Origami

If You’re Like Me…
Then you don’t just persist on ​one​ ​genre of music.  And if that’s the case, then maybe, like me, you enjoy European power metal, as I’ve previously stated!

If the above statements are true of yourself, then you should probably go out and pick yourself up a copy of Origami, by DENVER BAND, Blue Mesa!

We saw them at the Lion’s Lair on Colfax, on Jan. 5th. It was a chilly Friday night with SMOKIN’ HOT music and good times shared by all in attendance!

(Was that too cheesy? Did that read like a bad impression of Wolfman Jack? Sometimes, I just like to share my post-completion re-read thoughts, because I think my inner dialogue is funny… I guess, if the readers think it sucks, someone will eventually say something…)
The first thing that grabbed me about the performance was their diversity in apparent influences, ranging from Led Zeppelin to Queens of the Stone Age, and was anxious to sit and listen in the comfort of my own couch.

What I was treated to, sounded like Leave’s Eyes or Evanescence, with maybe a splash of Rise Against.  Well-balanced guitars, solid drum work, and seamlessly complimentary basslines accompany clean, talented, Pop-ish female vocals reminiscent of Adele.

​All in all, Blue Mesa is a band that you’ll certainly want to see in person, and while you’re there, you definitely won’t be disappointed with this album, should you choose to obtain it! https://bluemesa.bandcamp.com/

The Dendrites – Damn right

SO glad I went to the album release party at 3 Kings for this one!  The show was a blast, all the bands that played were INCREDIBLE, and it was just a great room full of great people having a great time!
Cheers!

​The very next day, I put the needle to the vinyl.  Since then, I’ve probably listened to the full album 15 or more times in the month (or so) since it’s release.

​The Dendrites are an instrumental ska band; but could easily be called Jazz, as well (is there such a thing as “Jazz Ska”???  That’s what this is.)

​The warm, welcoming jazzy brass is beautifully balanced with an amazingly talented meandering ska-style bass and percussion.  The music has a very nostalgic feel, like Grandma’s House (either your ACTUAL Grandma’s house, or Grandma’s House, the Brewery… take your pick… either one applies)… it reminds me of good times… it makes me want to get up and move around… it makes me dance while I clean my house…

​It’s the PERFECT album for any gathering!  People really enjoy the music, and it stimulates conversation nicely!

​Honestly, there aren’t enough good things I can say about this album.  Quite frankly, I think it’s my favorite album of 2017!

Pick up the here https://thedendritesmassive.bandcamp.com/. ​

​​The Two-Fifties – Ride With Me

Hailing from Denver the Two-Fifties recently released , “Ride With Me”.  Per their Facebook page they consider themselves, “We are a ROCK band influenced by punk, grunge, mental, hard rock, and pop”. I couldn’t agree more after this album. I can hear the sounds of so many different bands it would be impossible to categorize the band as simply rock or punk. Let’s start with, “Story Of My Life”, not a cover of Social Distortion’s. This track is a nice segway into the bluesy rock, surf punk, reminiscent of The Butthole Surfers, and Social D.

Next up is the song, “Alcohol”. This song is definitely something we can all relate to. It has a dark overtone, with almost an industrial sound with a mix of hardcore punk. It seems as the album almost has a theme as the next song is, Rock N Roll Girl. A bittersweet love or anti love song. Now follows, “LAC”. I loved this song and it’s dark hardcore edge.

“Suspect” the next track sounds  like it’s straight from a Dead Kennedy’s album . I really loved the drums and guitar riff on this track. Next up, “Stranger Danger”. A warning to the listener, you’re gonna a have a great time with the song writer, but you might not live  to tell the tale. Great track, a good slower tune with some deep riffs. “Who Do You Think You Are”, again with this track we hear some classic influences a little

Nirvana or even the Melvins. Also reminded me a bit of the Dead Boys, slowed down a little.  Time to get dark with, “Can’t Have Everything”.  Dimebag Darrel has been reborn! Ok not so much,  but I felt this song was a bit Pantera like with a Black Flag mix.

Overall this album kicks serious ass. I can’t wait to get my hands on a vinyl copy if there is one released!
Pick up the here https://250rox.bandcamp.com/releases .  Be sure to follow them on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/thetwofifties/

Zipperzs – Wild Animal

The newest release, Wild Animal from Denver’s own Zipperz reminds us that Denver’s punk scene has no intention of fading slowing into the alleys of South Broadway. As a big fan of Flatfoot 56 and The Potato Pirates I  decided to do some digging on the opening band before the show, Zipperz.. By the way the show kicked ass.

Track 1- Wild Animal
I have to admit I wasn’t prepared for the melodic yet hardcore throat punch I received from the opening track. Reminiscent of bands like Pegboy, and the older Mike McCooligan days of Dropkick Murphy’s this track’s drums alone will get your boots stompin. Do you want to punch a Nazi? This should be num​ber 1 on your Fight The Alt Right Playlist!

Track 2- Damn Few
The Denver punk scene has always been about family and sticking together. Those friends and family are the “Damn Few”.  A tune about banding together and protecting your own. I love the little guitar riff which seems to flawlessly lead through the song.

 

Track 3- Still Dangerous
This was actually the first track I came across on youtube. “Better watch your back when we’re in danger, better look forward cause we’re still dangerous, hearing those sounds will make you anxious”. I was instantly hooked. My first thought was, “Damn this is an awesome track”!

Track 4- That’s Right
A song about remaining optimistic in a time of struggle. Again another head bobbin, foot stomping tune.

In conclusion the only downside of the album is it’s a bit short. I realize it’s also the band’s first album and releasing an album is expensive. That’s the exact reason you should buy this album! I personally cannot wait for the next release and hope it has more Denver punk rock hidden beneath the Wild Animals! ​ Pick up the new album here  . Be sure to follow them on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/ZIPPERZ5280/#