Steal This Track is THE spot to find out more about Denver’s hottest and most interesting musical acts. More than just words blinking on a screen, however, this column also gives you the chance to actually hear the artists we tout.
That’s right! Every Tuesday, we bring you absolutely legal, absolutely free downloads from the area’s best bands. This week, you get a taste from not one, but two hot Denver bands: Pacific Pride and Snake Rattle Rattle Snake.
Just as with last week’s track from Jason Cain and Brittany Gould, the first song we’re offering up this week is a debut. Pacific Pride will be releasing its debut album this Friday, the 27th, at the hi-dive, but the band has given us (and you) a sneak preview with “It’s Wolfie (Let Him In).”
The lazy swagger and memorable melody of this groovy, lo-fi lollipop might put you in mind of late-period Pavement or other members of the ’90s Alternative Nation. Paul Garcia, Jordan Hubner, Rob Ballantyne and James Barone (the latter of whom also recorded, mixed and mastered the record) play their instruments with childlike abandon and an endearing ingenuousness. But don’t take my words for it. Listen for yourself.
Pacific Pride | “It’s Wolfie (Let Him In)” (right-click to save to your computer)
The next track this week comes from one of Denver’s most talked-about bands. Less than a year old, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake had already made plenty of waves before unveiling its first record last Saturday. The sexy sextet is a supergroup that includes Hayley Helmericks and Doug Spencer (of the late, great Monofog), Andrew Warner (Bad Luck City and Red Cloud West), James Yardley (who plays with Pacific Pride’s Jordan Hubner in Hawks of Paradise) and Kit Peltzel (you might have seen him with Mr. Pacman, Joshua Novak or Space Team Electra), as well as Helmericks’s brother, Will.
But Snake Rattle Rattle Snake isn’t resting on its combined laurels. As this week’s track, “Hastily,” proves, the outfit slinks forward with a sinister and seductive snarl. While Hayley Helmericks smokily croons and yowls, the twin drummer assault of Warner and Peltzel is smoothed out by Yardley’s Joy Division-esque basslines, Spencer’s sparkling guitar and Will Helmericks’s vintage keys. It’s a dark, exciting ride that deftly captures the band’s captivating live energy.
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake | “Hastily” (right-click to save to your computer)
If you’re a band or musician ready to unleash some fresh sounds on the readers of Reverb, email your tracks to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track every Tuesday for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout every Friday.