Steal This Track: Jef Otte and the FatalityBy | January 4th, 2010 | 3 comments
Welcome back to Steal This Track. We’re glad you’ve discovered this little column, in which the Denver Post’s Reverb features a different Colorado band or musical artist each Tuesday. As you — dedicated follower and loyal fan — already know, we turn you on to some of the best music being created in the area, and then give you the chance to actually hear it!
What’s that? You say you’ve never heard of Steal This Track? Well, then you’re in for a treat! Often, the tracks we unleash on your ears have never before seen daylight. And such is the case with this week’s featured artist, Jef Otte and the Fatality.
This Denver-based quartet is set to release its first proper EP on Jan. 16 at the Larimer Lounge, and while the band is really still getting its legs, songs like “Out Into Space” promise very good things to come. Each of the six songs on “Catastrophe” seems to showcase unique facets of the outfit’s sound, but the opening track is, by far, the most fully realized and immediately accessible.
Frontman Jef Otte — who also tackles piano and rhythm guitar duties — is accompanied by fellow fatalists Brian Carlson on drums, Brian Balestrieri on bass and Sam Murphy on lead guitars. Otte’s vocal style — also highlighted to great effect on “We Couldn’t Work It Out,” another of the EP’s stronger tunes — is quirky and unpredictable, but serves the song’s slightly off-kilter aesthetic well. The guitars and gang vocals on “Out Into Space” might bring to mind Modest Mouse, but there’s also a cautiously winking lyrical approach reminiscent of Warren Zevon.
As always, however, you don’t have to take my words for it. You can stream it, steal it and judge for yourself. It’s easy, just click one of the options below.
Jef Otte and the Fatality | Out Into Space (right-click to save to your computer)
Jef Otte and the Fatality will be unveiling “Catastrophe” with an EP release show at the Larimer Lounge on Jan. 16, with Grant Israel, Sarina Simoom and Izcalli opening. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $8.
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.