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Bad Veins
Bad Veins

There are a lot of new bands hitting the Boulder/Denver market, but music fans should really keep their eyes on Bad Veins.

Bad Veins is a very inventive musical duo that’s breaking out of Cincinnati. The group’s fuzz-filled sound and orchestrated arrangements have earned this act a national buzz.

Spin magazine put the Bad Veins’ “Gold and Warm” on last month’s “Songs You Must Hear Now” list.

Saturday, locals can check out Bad Veins’ indie rock sounds at the hi-dive in Denver.

“Bad Veins actually started out as my solo project,” vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Benjamin Davis said. “I’d been working on all this material that had a big sound, but I didn’t know how I was going to pull it off live.

“I was using this tape deck and all these vintage gadgets to make all this pretty fun music. Sebastien (Schultz) started joining me on drums and he added this very unique, expansive sound.”


Who: Bad Veins, with The Subjects

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver

Cost: $8

Davis and Schultz have managed to make their two-man band sound like a full outfit. The artists and their studio toys create Bad Veins’ lush, layered sounds — and that makes for one very impressive sound.

“The band is really me, Sebastien and an old tape deck we call Irene,” Davis said. “Our music’s based on simple melodies and song structures, but then we distract you by adding lots of layers and counter-melodies. That gives the songs lots of depth.

“I think our music is really catching on. People are attracted to the tape machine, our military garb and all the flowers we have on stage. Then we hook them in with the songs.”

Bad Veins is touring behind its self-titled CD and the band’s hitting the road with The Subjects.

The bloggers have it right — Bad Veins could be one of 2009’s breakout bands.

MTV already has dubbed the Bad Veins as a “Band You Should Know,” and the group’s tunes have been aired on everything from “Gossip Girl” to “The Hills.”

Flobots in Boulder

The Fox Theatre just released a new list of shows to add to its fall lineup.

For starters, the Flobots will be hitting the University Hill club on Dec. 17 and 18.

The band’s been in the studio working on its sophomore CD, so I’m betting that Boulder will get a sneak peak of the Flobots’ new songs.

The Fox also announced a Perpetual Groove and Underground Orchestra show on Nov. 6 and a Warren G concert on Nov. 18.

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