Let’s face it. Mondays would really suck if it weren’t for Steal This Track. After all, how could any day that includes great Colorado music, absolutely free, be anything but great? This week, we’ve got loud guitars coming out of our earholes, with hot-off-the-presses bluesy rock from Calder’s Revolvers and grungy, aggressive metal from GasHead. You might want to do some stretches before you steal these.
Calder’s Revolvers emerged from the wreckage of two inventive Denver bands — the Archive and We Are! We Are! The two outfits frequently shared stages in town, and Reverb’s John Wenzel even once fantasized about a supergroup that combined the two.
Well, Mr. Wenzel, your fantasies have become reality.
Guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Andy Schneider and guitarist Brad Johnson (formerly of the Archive) joined forces with drummer Sam Gault (formerly of We Are! We Are!) and bassist Cole Strain (one-time A&R head for UCD’s CAM Records) early in 2010, and played their first show in June, but don’t let the newness of the group fool you. The gritty, blues-inflected hard rock of Calder’s Revolvers’ self-titled debut EP — to be released with a party on Saturday, Jan 22 is the work of seasoned players. Fans of Queens of the Stone Age will find much to like in songs like “Winter” and “Knife Cannon,” but there are also some quirky, progressive, almost jazzy touches in songs like “Fire” that will remind listeners of the players’ former bands.
The EP will be released digitally on Saturday, Jan 22, in conjunction with a Zetakaye House party at the Hi-Dive (also including performances from 200 Million Years, Otto Von Cousticon, Le Divorce and Mike Marchant‘s Outer Space Party Unit). “I Ain’t Impressed” is probably the record’s most straight-forward, radio-friendly track, and as such, is a great introduction to Calder’s Revolvers. Steal it now.
If you’re still in the mood for loud guitars after that, you’re in luck. GasHead, a five-headed metallic monster from Fort Collins, came here to shred. Originally a solo project for guitarist Mike Lopez, the group evolved into an instrumental killing machine in the middle of the last decade, and then into a thrash metal fury when vocalist Josh Purdy stepped on board. Today, the band is taking their sound into yet another direction. With lead guitar help from Chris Poland — the Megadeth guitarist who defined metal classics like “Killing is My Business” and “Peace Sells” — “Skeletal” blends vintage thrash metal with a little ’90s grunge and arrives at a technically complex, surprisingly accessible and undeniably visceral, throat-clasping sound.
GasHead are more than just a bunch of string-and-skin-shredding meatheads. With an eye on social responsibility, the band has plans to record a benefit song for Love146, a non-profit organization working to end child sex slavery around the world. If you find yourself anywhere near Loveland, you can catch GasHead at Out’a Bounds Saloon on Feb 11. Cover is just $5. Get pumped for the show by stealing “Skeletal” today.
If you like Steal This Track, you’re gonna love Steal This Track: A Reverb Dance Party at the Hi-Dive. We’re taking over the South Broadway indie rock institution on the last Thursday of every month with special guests, giveaways, drink specials and more. In the later hours, DJ Savior Breath (a.k.a. Reverb’s own Eryc Eyl) turns the shindig into a pants-dropping dance party. And just like Steal This Track, it’s absolutely free. You won’t want to miss it.
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 — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — 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 Monday 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.