What: Icky Blossoms w/ Rubblebucket and Reptar
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666
To hear singer Sarah Bohling tell it, the Icky Blossoms fell together almost by accident.
The Omaha, Neb., electro rockers only played two shows together before the trio was approached by Saddle Creek Records to ink a deal. Before that, guitarist and singer Derek Pressnall and guitarist Nik Fackler were focused on another band, Flowers Forever. They invited Bohling to join them for a few gigs, and Icky Blossoms morphed from there.
“I kind of played one or two shows with them. It was more of a gypsy-punk-psychedelic type thing,” Bohling said. “Right when I joined them, they started wanting to use a computer and make beats so that people would move more, and the crowd responded, so they decided we should make something new.”
The trio got to writing as Icky Blossoms with seemingly little direction other than going electro. The serendipitous approach is working for them, though, because as tricky as it might be to describe Icky Blossoms without hyphenating several genres, it’s simple enough to figure out that it’s hook-laden, danceable goodness.
“We all have very separate major influences,” Bohling said. “I really wasn’t even that into electronic music. I knew some stuff, but I was more — I don’t know, it really wasn’t my vibe, but they were like, ‘Come on. Go on this journey with us.’ I feel like we try to pull from all sorts of genres and make something with a beat.”
The creative process gets started with the three of them throwing things together and seeing if they’ll fall into place.
“Sometimes we’ll come up with a lyric or another song from the past, and we’ll say, ‘Let’s make something like that,’ or someone has a hook or melody they like and we’ll dwell on it,” Bohling said. “We’ll get together all the time — not just for practice, but around the computer, the fireside.”
So from Icky Blossoms, you get a modern, electro version of songs around the campfire. For them, in 2012, that means sitting down with guitars around the laptop instead.
Icky Blossoms still put a lot of thought and effort into their self-titled debut record, which has only been out for a month and a few. The trio worked with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek to record and produce it.
“We were super stoked, and he basically let us move in with him for a month,” Bohling said. “We just worked every day and just kind of experimented and it just came together with perfect timing.”
They’ve been on the road in short spurts ever since, and the crowds welcome Icky Blossoms with a dance party.
“It’s been going great, pretty seamlessly. We’ve gotten really sweet crowd responses,” Bohling said. “Our goal is to get people to dance at all. We dance on stage. I feel like we’re pretty active. If people wanna use that as a mirror, by all means.”