Many musicians find it hectic enough to perform with one act, but Cameron McGill juggles his time between two bands.
The artist fronts Cameron McGill & What Army and he plays keyboards and tours with Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s. It’s a challenge, but McGill thrives on touring with both bands.
Who: Cameron McGill & What Army, with Soundrabbit
When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St., Denver
Thursday, McGill brings his What Army show to the Walnut Room. The band’s fusion of indie, folk and psychedelic sounds is tailor-made for Denver’s underground folk scene.
“I’ve been playing music since I was a little kid,” McGill said. “I just wanted to write poems and that really started things off. It’s always been a way for me to explain my place in the world and myself.
“Now I’m performing with two bands. There’s not a lot of sleep and there’s a lot of running around, but I thoroughly enjoy it. I’ve never really played in anyone else’s band, but if I was ever to join one (permanently), it would be Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s.”
McGill & What Army have boasted the same line-up for three years. The band’s ready to play tunes from 2009’s Warm Songs for Cold Shoulders and its upcoming project for Denver audiences.
“The new CD’s very different than Cold Shoulders,” McGill said. “The new record has pretty, orchestrated pop songs with a focus on the lyrics. The songs are more in-depth and have very different lyrical territory — it almost feels like a perspective from a different writer.”
Pepper has a magical touch for signing bands. The national act operates its own Law Records, and has added bands like Iration and Passafire to its roster.
In March, the label released Iration’s Time Bomb. The record flew to the top of the Billboard and iTunes reggae charts, and created a buzz for the band.
Iration will show off its new tunes at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday.
“We play reggae, but we mix it with rock ‘n’ roll and pop,” vocalist/guitarist Micah Pueschel said. “We try to modernize the sound by adding synthesizers and a modern electronic feel.
“Our live shows are high energy. There are lots of grooves and it’s very positive.”
Iration’s career is on the rise. The band’s toured with everyone from Ziggy Marley to Pepper, so it’s no surprise the act signed to Law Records.
“We’re on tour in support of Time Bomb,” Pueschel said. “It’s a feel-good album and accessible to anyone. It has a pop vibe and good grooves. It’s perfect summer beach music. It would be good for Colorado slopes or barbecues.”