Steal This Track, Triple Threat: The Hollyfelds, Panal S.A. de C.V. and the LumineersBy | March 30th, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Tuesday is your chance to pilfer, procure and purloin the best local music. Colorado’s musicians and the good folks here at Reverb just love you that much.
Most weeks, Steal This Track gives you a single track to savor throughout the week, but this week we just couldn’t stop ourselves. We’ve received so many great songs recently that we’re opening the floodgates, giving you songs from THREE(!) great local bands: revised country from the Hollyfelds, progressive instrumental rock from Panal S.A. de C.V., and Americana-inflected folk-pop from recent Colorado transplants, the Lumineers. Try not to pass out from joy. You’ll need to stay conscious because one of these downloads has an expiration date.
The Hollyfelds — a countrified quintet that’s been banging around Denver for about four years — are so excited about their forthcoming release that they couldn’t wait for its May 22 official unveiling to share a track. Following “File Under ‘H’ for Toy,” “Saratoga,” and last year’s “Black Heart Blue,” “Lo Bueno, Lo Malo, Lo Feo” will be a seven-inch vinyl affair, a nearly-obsolete format that pays homage to the band’s DIY, rock-n-roll roots. Bassist Keith Hoerig, for one, has Denver music ties that run deep, having played with bands like thrash industrialists Exhumator and ska punks Five Iron Frenzy. The sounds of those bands, however, do nothing to prepare you for the Hollyfelds’ soulful twang.
Featuring the vigorous vocals and heavenly harmonies of Eryn Hoerig and Kate Grigsby, the Hollyfelds’ music is often pegged as alt-country. In reality, the group pays direct tribute to some of the genre’s most legendary female performers. Keen ears will detect shades of June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, just to name a few. “Lo Bueno, Lo Malo, Lo Feo” is for people who like their country music to come from the country, and not from an L.A. or Nashville hit factory. To give you a taste, for the next seven days, you can download “How to Be Gone,” one of the record’s tracks, absolutely free right here. After that time, it’ll be available for streaming only.
This track was removed on April 6.
Remember, if you like what you hear, “Lo Bueno, Lo Malo, Lo Feo” will be released as a 7″ at the Meadowlark Bar on May 22. And don’t worry if you’ve converted your turntable into a lazy susan for your exotic spice collection. The record will also be available for digital download.
Speaking of español, our second track this week comes from Panal S.A. de C.V., a band whose name is a play on that of a new liberal political party in Mexico. The trio — Enrique and Israel Jimenez, and Juan Carlos Flores — performs instrumental post-rock compositions that stretch ambitiously in both style and sound. While shades of Tortoise and June of 44 appear in Panal’s music, there are also moments of electronic funkiness and pure pop giddiness. The outfit’s debut, “Cortometraje,” is nearly a year old, but we think it’s criminal that so few people have heard it, especially since these rock-n-roll vaqueros are about to embark on a small midwestern tour, kicking off with a show at the Larimer Lounge tonight! To get ready for that show, you should probably check out “Linda Colegiala.”
Panal S.A. de C.V. | Linda Colegiala (right click to save to your computer
And that brings us to the third and final track of the week. The Lumineers are a duo that moved to Denver from Brooklyn just four months ago. With all of the talent we’ve lost to that way-hip locale in recent years, it’s delightful to see some migration happening in the opposite direction. The pair — formerly known as Wesley Jeremiah — make disarmingly simple, sincere music that’s as raggedy and ramshackle as it is heartfelt and human. To see what we mean, feel free to steal “Scotland,” one of the most complex tracks from the Lumineers’ self-titled EP. Then go see the act play at the Meadowlark Bar on April 3, with Science Partner, Sandusky (whom we wrote about here) and Rowboat (who was featured in Steal This Track back in January).
The Lumineers | Scotland (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.