I keep up, as well as I can, with the local music scene around here.
Well, I try. It’s funny how the repetition and routine of life as a parent can render one useless after 10 p.m. every night, making it damn near impossible to stay awake for the headliner at any venue, anywhere. But I guess kids have been eliminating concertgoers and nightlife enthusiasts since time began, so I shouldn’t be too surprised.
If I stick to recorded music by local bands I’m doing better, at least. You may recall a couple columns ago I talked about the Colorado Daily’s past live session video recording series Second Story Garage a little bit. Producing those videos, and the whole process from booking to editing, allowed me to understand and really fall in love with the deep fountain of musical talent that exists here.
Something in the process really made an impression on me, and I still tend to think about it when I’m checking out a new release from a local artist. I noticed this happen way too many times for it to be a coincidence. Before a recording session, I would research a band to get a feel for their sound, understand how they like to be arranged sonically and, in general, just try to prepare myself for the whirlwind, minimal take, no-second-chances kind of recording sessions we ran.
So very often I would fire up a CD from the band, or search in vain for anything except terrible live tracks on their website, and come away disappointed, with a slight feeling of dread.
But then, sure enough, the band would show up and knock me flat on my ass with their talent. I learned I could never really judge a band until they were right there playing in front of me.
Now, there are many reasons for this: recording is expensive, recording well is quite expensive, experienced producers are expensive, and the nature of our studio meant we attracted a lot of growing bands that were on the rise.
But the fact remains it is just plain difficult to achieve the polish of a big label, high-budget sound. Did I mention it’s also expensive?
Given this whole context, my stoke level is real and elevated when I hear local artists producing the highest caliber output, representing themselves and our musical region in ways that should make us all proud.
One such group is a modern throwback, straight up, rock & roll outfit you might have heard of called Pink Fuzz. I’ll be damned if their new EP Vitals didn’t kick my ass as soon as I pressed play. The Demitro siblings have done it again, and Denver’s Silo Sound made sure the polish was on point. Kick your weekend into gear with some Vitals, I dare ya.
From the opening slayfest “Missing Piece,” to the closing tune “Get a Grip,” featuring bass player Lulu’s haunting vocals, the whole EP is a heavy, well-articulated sonic party. Go get some.
There have been a few truly excellent releases by local bands lately, so the next couple weeks we’ll dive into them in more detail.
Rock & roll!