If you go
What: I Sank Molly Brown
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007
More info: larimerlounge.com
Happy anniversary, I Sank Molly Brown.
Dylan Self, Caleb Tardio and John Moses have been playing together for 10 years now. Since 2008, when I Sank Molly Brown shed a couple members, it's been just the three of them. They've long been a Denver mainstay, winning the affection of the city and other Colorado bands.
This is the band that once told the Colorado Daily, "If you sat down at a bar with the three of us, you'd say that our music sounds like the way we talk. We all gravitate to elementary-style jokes, but we talk about this existential stuff."
After a decade, they haven't run out of things to talk about or new songs to write. But this anniversary does create an occasion to reflect.
"It's kind of messed up isn't it?" Self said. "We keep going through all these phases where we'll play with three or four bands, and we're best buddies, and they'll break up, and we'll go through this divorce period where all our friends are breaking up."
So, the obvious question is: What keeps I Sank Molly Brown together?
"I really think that's what makes the whole thing work, is that we're just fans of the other two guys in the band," Self said. "I write stuff so I can hear what John's gonna do, or Caleb. We just try to keep being friends."
On their anniversary, Self, Tardio and Moses are also celebrating an EP release. If you know anything about I Sank Molly Brown, you know the EP will approach the length of some LPs. It's 35 minutes long with just six songs, because silliness aside, this is serious music. Track titles like "Onward Mighty Honkeys" or "Hot Somalis" tip you off to the fact that these guys are clever, but might trick you into thinking they're joke songs. Really, they're complex and often surprising songs most simply categorized as post-punk or post-hardcore.
The new EP will have a strange title, too, following up last year's Mind Over Mothra with Age of Pretzlcoatl. The name is a play on the Mesoamerican queztacoatl, a feathered serpent deity.
"It's ridiculous, it really is," Self said of the title.
"Caleb did about half the songs and I did about half, and we arranged them together. I really think this is the recording we've been trying to make the last five or six years. It feels a lot more natural, but it's a lot more complicated than some of our other stuff. It feels more complete than the other stuff we've done. We didn't go in with an idea in mind."
This Saturday, I Sank Molly Brown will celebrate the band's 10-year anniversary and the release of Age of Pretzlcoatl with a show at the Larimer Lounge. And as for the prospect of 10 more years?
"Isn't that a terrifying prospect?" Self said, and laughed. "I have no intention of going anywhere and the other guys don't have any plans to go anywhere. It's all of the fun and none of the bad so far. It doesn't feel like a job or a responsibility. We can show up and play where and when we want to, and play with other bands that like us. We don't feel like we have to."
Contact Ashley Dean at 303-473-1109. On Twitter: @AshaleyJill.