What: Bronze Radio Return w/ The Dunwells
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Where: Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666
More info: bluebirdtheater.net
B ronze Radio Return sounds like something out of Colorado, but they call Hartford, Conn., home.
The indie, rootsy, folk rock goes over so well in and around the Rockies that the six-piece band has a five-show run around the state, including stops in Denver, Colorado Springs, Steamboat Springs, Telluride and Aspen. But the origins of Bronze Radio Return's music are in the Northeast and, believe it or not, in jazz.
"We're a collective of six individuals from Pennsylvania to New York and all in the Northeast," singer Chris Henderson said. "A lot of us grew up listening to traditional American music, whether it be jazz or blues or country. Several of the guys in the band actually studied jazz in school, and I played in blues bands for years."
The band started to form in Hartford while some of the members were studying at the Hartt School of Music. But rather than start a jazz or blues band, they let those elements influence the roots and folk songwriting.
"We had those kind of feelings about the approach, but wanted to adapt those influences to other stuff that we were listening to," Henderson said. "I think it helps with the performing, having that jazz background. I think a lot of the jazz training comes down to communicating."
The ingredients work. The band has been touring on its sophomore record, Shake, Shake, Shake, since its release in 2011. The guys just finished a five-show run in Austin for South by Southwest before heading straight to Colorado, and the next record, Up On and Over, drops June 4.
"The touring world and recording world, I feel, are two different beasts," Henderson said. "Our band really enjoys both. We love being out travelling and touring ... Being in the studio is really flexing a different creative muscle."
When they do get into the studio, it's never in the same place. Henderson said the band is really into the idea of changing locations each time, and this time, they wound up in rural Virginia.
"A very remote location. Almost more remote than we anticipated. It was out on a goat farm and we lived in this big barn, and lived on the top floor and recorded on the bottom floor," Henderson said. "It was this total immersion thing. There was literally nothing else to do there than record and drink some whiskey."
That kind of location probably has more of an influence on work ethic and logistics than the mood of the music. After all, they're not exactly writing urban music -- the difference is in the technology and isolation.
"Every barn and every remote location, I think, has its challenges ... There was an actual studio that had been somewhat acoustically treated," Henderson said. "With the no-other-distractions element, it really allows us to stay in there and stay focused."
With the record ready for it's early summer release, it's back to focusing on touring. Bronze Radio Return is at the Bluebird Theater tonight before they head into the mountains, then back east to Vermont, then back west again for a multi-show run in California. Catch them while you can.