Steal This Track: 200 Million YearsBy | March 2nd, 2010 | 2 comments
Your timing is terrific! It’s Tuesday again, and that means it’s time for another installment of Steal This Track, the weekly Reverb feature in which we give you a track from one of Colorado’s best and buzziest musical artists, absolutely free! After listening to tons of great songs, we pick just one that we think will make your life complete. Whenever possible, we try to make that tune one that hasn’t been heard before, like this week’s brand new ditty from 200 Million Years.
The rarely sighted trio, 200 Million Years, hasn’t played a live show in about six months, but that doesn’t mean its members haven’t been busy. The band’s singer and multi-instrumentalist Ellison Park is working on the full-length follow-up to his debut EP, “When Head Killed Heart.”
Drummer Carl Sorensen is busy making recordings and playing live with a dizzying array of Colorado musicians, including John Common, Andrea Ball, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Eleanor and many more. Among the latest efforts by founder/singer/guitarist/primary songwriter Zale Hassler is singing backup vocals for a track on “In Memory of Loss,” the latest album by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel.
But the group has also been busy with its own music, and will be sharing it on a four-song EP to be released this Friday at the Meadowlark. 200 Million Years’ recorded debut — recorded with Sam Glover of Natural Selection and mastered by Andy Hamilton of Houses — will include “No Good News,” the track you can steal below.
Starting off as a rich, orchestral composition, the tune patiently evolves into a hypnagogic, Pink Floyd-esque stoner ballad. It only lingers in that territory for about a minute, though, before transforming into a whimsical, organ-driven rocker that is surprisingly soulful. The lilting melody, compositional ambition and layered arrangement of “No Good News” suggest a group with boundless creativity, diverse influences and the potential for some very fresh sounds.
200 Million Years | No Good News (right click to save to your computer)
If you steal this track and like what you hear, don’t miss 200 Million Years’ CD release party, this Friday, March 5 at the Meadowlark Bar. Opening acts will be Sunset Curse, Achille Lauro and Houses frontpeople Andy and Kinsey Hamilton, performing a very special acoustic set as Spouses. Doors are at 8 and tickets are $6.
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 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.