Steal This Track: The KnewBy | February 23rd, 2010 | 3 comments
If you’re looking for 100 percent free, 100 percent legal downloads of Colorado-created music, you’ve come to the right place! Every Tuesday, Steal This Track selects one hot track from the hundreds we receive, wraps it up in shiny paper, puts a bow on it and gives it to you, dear reader. And since we know how much you like to have the inside track — um, so to speak — we try to bring you songs that haven’t been released before, like this week’s delicious tune from the Knew.
Though Denver is filled with talented musicians playing in every genre imaginable, it’s hard to find a band as rocktastic as the Knew. Blending elements of garage rock, blues, punk and country, the quartet puts on dynamic shows that inspire an odd combination of swing dancing and head banging.
Drummer Patrick Bowden seems as comfortable with rapid-fire cow-punk as with a syncopated shuffle, while bassist Tim Rynders holds down the bottom end with enthusiasm and authority. Meanwhile, the twin attack of Tyler Breuer’s driving rhythm guitar and frontman Jacob Hansen’s signature bottleneck style create a sound that’s as powerful as it is melodic. Hansen’s cool, confident drawl — which seems to channel simultaneously the spirits of Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmie Rodgers — is the icing on the Knew’s crunchy cake.
In early incarnations, the Knew were often taken as White Stripes fanatics. While the band certainly shares some influences with Jack and Meg White, its forthcoming debut album, “Pulpería,” proves the Knew is far from imitating anyone. After two stellar EPs that gave us a taste of what the Knew was capable of, this 11-track collection allows the foursome to spread out and explore its full potential.
In fact, given the diversity and strength of this album, it’s hard to pick just one track to sum it up. We’ve decided on “Picnic” because its simple blues-based structure and catchy-as-a-coldsore melody have made it a live favorite for months now. It also boasts one of the finest “whoa-oh!” choruses in recent memory.
The Knew | Picnic (right click to save to your computer)
If you like what you hear, don’t miss the big CD release party for “Pulpería” on Saturday, March 6, at the Bluebird Theater. With the Photo Atlas, Common Anomaly and Jonny Woodrose & the Broken-Hearted Woodpeckers opening, the show itself is a steal at just $10!
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.