Monday is here again, and that means it’s time for another edition of Steal This Track, Reverb’s weekly dose of 100% free and 100% great Colorado-made music. We’ve got a diverse lineup of tracks for you to pilfer this week, with a soon-to-be-released song from Brothers O’Hair, an oldie-but-a-weirdie from Deadbubbles and a fresh new tune from Jessica Sonner. Kleptos unite!
Having just relocated to Denver from Austin about a year ago, Brothers O’Hair have quickly made an impression on the Mile High City. With heartfelt lyrics, passionate performances and a captivating, well-oiled live show, the quartet of Adam Anglin, Andrew Burrow, Joe Mills and Jon Aisner delivers its punked-up country-folk-rock with consistently impressive excitement and expertise. If the Decemberists were less precious or the Pogues were less drunk, they might sound a bit like Brothers O’Hair.
Brothers O’Hair will release their self-titled debut at the Larimer Lounge on Saturday, with support from the Fling and Weather Maps. The $8 ticket also gets your a free copy of the EP. While the record doesn’t quite capture the energy and intensity of the band’s live performance, it’ll make an excellent souvenir of a superb show. Get pumped for the show by stealing “Philosophy Conversation” right now.
Speaking of philosophy, Deadbubbles is full of it, especially on the recently released collection of old tracks, “24 Hr. Nemesis: The John Carpenter E.P.” Though the band today consists of vocalist Arlo White, guitarist Paul Humphrey and bassist Matt Martinez, the 2006 incarnation that recorded these first Deadbubbles tracks comprised only White and Humphrey. The Zappa-meets-MC5 garage assault that today’s Deadbubbles inflicts on unsuspecting audiences is nowhere to be found on “John Carpenter.” Instead, we find White and Humphrey — both of whom were unemployed at the time — creating a twisted, unpredictable soundtrack to an imaginary ’70s horror film. Lo-fi, low-budget and high-concept, the EP gives listeners the chance to see where Deadbubbles came from.
There aren’t many chances these days to catch Deadbubbles live. However, White now fronts dirty, punky bluesters the Pretty Sure. You can catch that act at 3 Kings Tavern on Saturday, Nov 27.
You can download “24 Hr. Nemesis: The John Carpenter E.P.” free from the Deadbubbles website. In the meantime, why don’t you steal “Frenchy,” from Deadbubbles’ “24 Hr. Nemesis,” you freeloader!
Finally, we have a little bonus for you this week from smiley chanteuse Jessica Sonner. With her heart on her sleeve and her fingers pounding the keys, Dan Craig‘s wife has cranked out an uplifting, bouncy single that defies you to frown. You can — and should — buy “Keep on Dreaming” directly from Jessica’s website, but you can stream a preview of it right here. After you do, you should head out to Casselman’s Bar and Venue tonight to see Sonner perform with Denver’s own Sarah Slaton and the Spring Standards from New York. Tickets are just $5, and the show starts at 8.
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. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.