Here at Reverb, we love giving stuff away. That’s why Tuesday is a very special day for us. That’s when we get to give away great music, made right here in Colorado. Today we’ve got tracks from two one-man musical powerhouses — Ian O’Dougherty and Eric Peterson, both of whom hide their identities with aliases — Eolian and Roger, Roll, respectively.
Ian O’Dougherty — better known as Ian O — has been a fixture on the Denver music scene for years. He first drew major attention locally in the band Uphollow, a progressive indie rock outfit that also featured eccentric cellist and singer/songwriter Ian Cooke. He later played — and continues to play — a major role as Cooke’s collaborator and motivator. While working with Cooke, O’Dougherty resurrected his love for heavy metal as lead guitarist for Tauntaun.
And then there was Eolian. In his latest project, O’Dougherty collaborates with drummer Sean Merrell of A Shoreline Dream, as well as other Denver notables, like Chris Fogal of the Gamits and Tauntaun, Adam Edwards of A Shoreline Dream and Julie Davis of Bela Karoli and Nathaniel Rateliff’s band. O’Dougherty himself sings and plays both guitar and piano.
Eolian is the ultimate expression of O’Dougherty’s love for prog rock. If that label brings to mind images of Rush and Yes, well, you’re not too far off. The song begins with a quite earnestness that is suddenly overtaken by powerful drums and the kind of over-driven guitar that made ’90s hardcore so good, and then mellows out again before becoming a full-on rocker.
Moving through multiple genres and stretching past the six-minute mark (actually, it’s a six-minute excerpt from a 40-minute continuous piece of music called “Egg”), the song certainly bears the hallmarks of its prog rock progenitors. It also, unfortunately, suffers from needs-work vocals that don’t quite match the instrumental proficiency, another issue endemic to the genre. But O’Dougherty’s passions for both metal and indie rock also shine through, making the track one of the most unique and surprising we’ve heard in a while. Take a listen and let us know what you think.
Eolian | Home (right click to save to your computer)
Like what you hear? Don’t miss Eolian this Thursday night, June 17, playing the Bluebird Theater with the Nervous, Tin Horn Prayer and Trees (which also features O’Dougherty’s Tauntaun bandmate, Matty Clark). It’s a 16+ show, and tickets are $10.
In the mood for something a little mellower? You’re in for a treat with the latest from Eric Peterson, a.k.a. Roger, Roll. While the hyperkinetic Peterson is involved in several projects — like Old Radio and Houses — and also maintains a weekly musical video project, acts as webmaster for Hot Congress and KVDU, goes to school, turns news headlines into haikus and much more — Roger, Roll is a showcase for his simple, sincere work as a singer-songwriter.
Peterson will be releasing a 7″ vinyl record called “Polaroid in Reverse” on July 16 at the Hi-Dive, performing with an all-star band that includes Corey Teruya of Hello Kavita, Jeremiah Jones and Chris Durant of (die) Pilot, and Emily Hall and Allison Sheldon (both of Dream Wagon). And though that sounds far from a one-man band, it’s worth noting that Peterson played and sang every part on the record’s two tracks, including “Picture Perfect,” a sweetly scintillating slice of melancholy psych-pop. Steal it while you can! Then line up at the Hi-Dive on July 16 for a limited edition physical copy.
Roger, Roll | Picture Perfect (right click to save to your computer)
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.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
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. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet.