The Gay Blades record — and give away — a song for ColoradoBy Eryc Eyl | December 1st, 2010 | No Comments »
While touring on the strength of its fantastic sophomore LP, “Savages,” the Gay Blades — the New York indie pop duo famous for its huge live sound — recently recorded a special song from Colorado. An angsty, histrionic anthem, “Hallelujah, Colorado” seems to be an ode to a painful experience that singer James Dean Wells might have had in our fair state. Not only have Wells and drummer Quinn English decided to pay homage to the Centennial State in song, but they’ve even asked us to help them give it away. We’re more than happy to oblige.
Of course, the Gay Blades’ Colorado song isn’t really a special treat for us. Instead, it’s part of an ingenious ploy to create a bit more of a connection to each of the cities on the duo’s busy tour schedule. For example, in addition to “Hallelujah, Colorado,” there’s “I’ll Leave My Heart in Pittsburgh,” “The Gateway to Your Heart” (for St. Louis) and “KC, I Need You Now” (for Kansas City). The songs manage to create some local relevance for the East Coast band, encouraging even local-centric writers like this one to sit up and take notice. The fact that the “Songs for Cities” are actually good helps too, making them more earnest and endearing than commercial and contrived.