There’s a slew of new indie acts breaking out, so local music venues will be showcasing The Low Anthem, The Willowz and The Cab this week.
Check them out!
The Low Anthem
Low Anthem founders Jeff Prystowsky and Ben Miller joined forces when they found a mutual love for baseball, DJing and jazz.
Who: The Low Anthem, with Nathaniel Rateliff
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
The duo’s moved up in the world, and they now head up the hot new indie act The Low Anthem. The band’s creating a buzz with its eclectic blend of rock and folk tunes. Saturday, The Low Anthem headlines the Fox Theatre.
“Ben and I met at Brown University when we were DJing a jazz show,” multi-instrumentalist Prystowsky said. “We’d stay up late and talk baseball and music — we still play pick-up baseball games and carry our mitts on the road.
“In 2006, we started professionally and we set out to make a really different combination of sounds. We listen to different kinds of music, so we wanted The Low Anthem to have both electric and less jarring acoustic music.”
The Low Anthem’s formula incorporates an eclectic mix of sounds and some very unusual instrumentation.
“We use a full palette of the sound spectrum,” Prystowsky said. “We have loud and quiet songs — it’s folk rock ‘n’ roll. We just call the songs live on the spot, and that gives us the freedom of creating in the moment.
“We play the music on all these vintage and unusual instruments, and we swap them around on stage. We play everything from the pump organ to the musical saw.”
The Low Anthem was one of the darlings of the South By Southwest conference, so check out the Fox show.
The Willowz combine elements of rock, soul and punk into their musical mix. The inventive blend of sounds has landed the band’s songs on the “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” soundtrack and created a buzz for the California group.
The Willowz are touring behind their gritty rock CD, Everyone, and the band’s set to rock Denver’s 3 Kings Tavern on Tuesday.
“Jessica (Reynoza) and I started working together on this band when we’d take breaks from our mall jobs,” vocalist/guitarist Richie Follin said. “The Orange County music scene sucked, so we wanted to make the kinds of music that we’d listen to.
“We’re kind of obsessed with ’60s rock, R&B and punk, so we wanted to infuse together this soulful punk thing. We made this 7-inch single when the director of ‘Eternal Sunshine’ found us online. We’ve also been the only Orange County band to be on TV’s ‘The O.C.'”
Word is also getting out about The Willowz live shows.
“We play raw, rock ‘n’ roll,” Follin said. “Our live shows are a little louder and more aggressive than the record. The shows are more intense and rocking.”
The Cab is geared up to play the AP Tour. Other acts on the bill include Never Shout Never, Hey Monday and Every Avenue.
This must-see indie tour hits the Gothic Theatre on Tuesday.
The Cab cranks out an interesting mix of soul and alternative rock tunes. Plus the Las Vegas band has already toured with top-name acts Panic! At the Disco and Cobra Starship.
“We have lots of elements to our music,” vocalist Alex DeLeon said. “We’re inspired by piano-driven indie rock, funk and classic rock bands. We have a variety of styles and its very produced pop. I’d say our new record sounds like the Kings of Leon.
“This AP Tour is great because it promotes all the bands. All these bands are solid and the shows have been a success. This tour is really helpful for bands that are on the brink of breaking.”