BOULDER, Colo. –
The Colorado music connection is everywhere.
Au Revoir Simone and Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are hitting Boulder this weekend — and both national acts showcase Colorado musicians on the rise.
Au Revoir Simone
Au Revoir Simone is an electro-pop band that’s making its mark around the country. Sunday, the New York group will show off its tunes at the Fox Theatre.
The keyboard-based outfit has become a favorite of filmmaker David Lynch, played Denver’s Monolith Festival and performed at European fashion shows.
The band’s now touring behind its latest CD, Still Night, Still Light.
Erika Forster is one of Au Revoir Simone’s three keyboardists, and she has very strong ties to Colorado. That’s because the performer’s dad is “etown” host and Hot Rize member Nick Forster.
“I grew up in Boulder and went to Boulder High,” Forster said. “My dad’s a musician and my mom dabbled in music. I took piano lessons when I was growing up, so that’s the instrument I stuck with.
“I grew up in a musical environment and that helped me trust my own musical instincts.”
Forster moved from Colorado to the East Coast, where she pursued her musical dreams with Au Revoir Simone.
The three-piece band wanted to create a signature sound, so the girls set out to create their own brand of ethereal pop music. Au Revoir Simone creates its unique pop sounds by using vintage synthesizers and drum machines.
“We really try to create our own sounds,” Forster said. “We try to create layers of waveforms and fuse them with these beautiful melodies. Au Revoir Simone creates these soft, dreamy songs that are based in pop and rock.”
Forster and her bandmates are now touring behind Still Night, Still Light.
“We went with a different producer on this record and that really brought out the musicality of our songs,” Forster said. “This record really captures who we are as a band.”
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers always throw serious rock’n’roll parties in Boulder.
However, this time the national band is bringing in the Colorado connection when it plays the Boulder Theater on Friday.
The newest member of the Peacemakers is Denver’s Jim Dalton. The guitarist is one of the key players in the Railbenders, and now he will be showing off his skills in both bands.
“We had a lineup change in our band,” Clyne said. “I know Johnny Hickman from Cracker, and we had done a bunch of acoustic shows with Jim Dalton.
“Jim did an audition with the band and he nailed it. He reminded us of how we used to play some of our songs. Jim brings a certain freshness and excitement to this band.”
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are known for putting on high-octane shows, and it looks like this Colorado connection could take the band to the next level.
“We’re now a four-piece band,” Clyne said. “We run it pretty lean and we cover all the bases. This band likes to do the rock thing, but also we like to have fun.”