Blind Pilot may not be bicycling into Boulder, but this band is taking an uphill road to success in the indie-folk world.
The band actually went on a bicycle-propelled concert tour in 2008. These days, Blind Pilot has to travel by faster transport to perform at all the music festivals and concerts it’s booked.
Who: Blind Pilot, with Cory Chisel
When: 9 p.m. Monday
Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
In the past few years, Blind Pilot’s been wowing audiences at Lollapalooza and the Outside Lands fests, and opening shows for major acts such as the Decemberists.
Blind Pilot’s optimistic lyrics and gorgeous indie-folk melodies have fans coming back for more. The band plays Boulder’s Fox Theatre on Monday.
Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski are the core members of Blind Pilot. The outfit has expanded to a full band, and that’s added a lot of texture and soul to the group’s basic sound.
“Ryan and I met at the University of Oregon and we started Blind Pilot in 2007,” Nebeker said. “We moved to Astoria, Ore., and we recorded a little album.
“Now we have a six-piece band, and it still pretty much sounds like what Ryan and I were doing on the first album. Each musician that we added to the band is really good. It sounds especially good when we hit the stage.”
Blind Pilot’s fusion of indie, folk and pop sounds is striking a chord with fans. Nebeker says the band tries to make music that appeals to a wide range of listeners.
“The music is very folkie, and the songs are pretty lyrically driven by the songs Ryan and I write,” Nebeker said. “We have that old-timey folk influence and the band helps create all the arrangements. We throw a lot of elements in, but it’s still pretty folk-based.
“It’s been fun making the new CD. Our first album was very sparse, and this time we were excited to write the songs with all this different instrumentation in mind.”
There are lots of big-name clubs in this market, but Blue October loves playing the Boulder Theater.
Saturday, Blue October returns to the theater with openers The Parlotones. The group’s traveling to represent the Pick Up the Phone suicide prevention cause. The alt rockers promise to play songs from their 2009 release, Approaching Normal, for Boulder.
“Approaching Normal was a lot more upbeat, honest and more hard-rocking record,” vocalist Justin Furstenfeld said. “We were more confident as a band and it shows in this album. We’re already working on a new album — it’s going to sound a lot different and it will be pretty amazing.
“People should expect to be blown away at the Boulder Theater show. This concerts going to be powerful and passionate.”
Dutch band Bettie Serveert has been around since 1990, but it’s still cranking out first-rate indie-pop tunes.
The group went into recording seclusion to make its new CD, Pharmacy of Love, but now Bettie Serveert’s ready to hit the states. Monday, the band plays the Larimer Lounge.
“Our band has been together for a long time, but it’s built on friendship,” guitarist Peter Visser said. “The longer it goes on, the more fun it gets.
“Our music has changed a lot and we’ve experimented with a lot of sounds. We did an acoustic CD two years ago, but we decided we wanted to rock again on the new record. It’s what we do best.”
The band went to the secluded Ardennes Mountain region of Europe to record its new CD.
“For this record, we really wanted to hit the distortion pedals again,” Visser said. “We decided not to record in Amsterdam, because there would be too many distractions. We went to a place where there was nothing else there, so we’d be focused.
“It was like a little vacation for us, and we recorded all the music live. It didn’t need that much cleaning up.”