Talk Talk: Pearl Street Festival Lineup, Chain Gang and Candy Claws talk Snow Ball and a Suburban Home mix tapeBy Julio Enriquez | March 3rd, 2011 | No Comments »
The Pearl Street Music and Arts Festival exclusive
For those who have always wondered when the hackey-sack-ridden streets of Boulder would get a proper music festival, worry no more. The Pearl Street Music and Arts Festival is taking shape this May. Attendees can look forward to music at multiple venues, local eats and crafts along historic Pearl Street in downtown Boulder. Fans can pre-purchase a two-day pass over here or here. Kudos on the strong local contingency thus far!
Live Music from: Dr. Dog (Boulder Theater), Mason Jennings (Boulder Theater), The Head
and The Heart (Boulder Theater), Gregory Alan Isakov (Boulder Theater), Paper Bird
(Boulder Theater), Boulder Acoustic Society (Boulder Theater), The Congress (Connor
O’Neill’s), Ian Cooke (Topo Ranch), The Lumineers (Topo Ranch), Springdale Quartet
(Connor O’Neill’s), Sticky Mulligan (The Laughing Goat), more TBA.
Restaurants: Foolish Craig’s, Tahona Tequila Bistro, Lazy Dog, Ozo Coffee, Saxy’s
Café, more TBA.
Retail: Outdoor Divas, Savvy on Pearl, Art Mart, Topo Ranch, Blue Skies Boutique,
Buffalo Exchange, Umba Imports, DecorAsian, Savory Spice Shop, more TBA.
Mind and Body: Om Time Yoga, Sensorielle Spa, Easton’s Brazillian JuiJitzu, The
Dandelion, more TBA.
Catching up with the Chain Gang of 1974 and Candy Claws before Snow Ball
I hope you guys have your snowboards/skis ready for this weekend. The inaugural Snow Ball Music Festival starts early Friday afternoon, which means you should have figured out by now what excuse you’re going to use at work/school to skip Friday and/or Monday. Reverb caught up with the Chain Gang of 1974 and Candy Claws to preview this weekend’s fun in the
Interview w/ the Chain Gang of 1974
How’s L.A. been treating you?
“L.A. has been great so far. It’s been a second home to me since my early teenage years, so I figured why not just make the move and call it home for now. I lived in Northern California and Hawaii for the first half of my life. So I need the sun and warm weather to be fully happy. The snow just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. And along with that, there’s an energy in this city. Band’s playing all over every single night. It’s young and inspiring. It’s where my creative mind needs to be at the moment.”
How has the move to Modern Art been?
“I couldn’t ask to be on a better label. The fine folks at Modern Art are truly in it for the music. They’ve been friends of mine for a few years, so it’s an amazing feeling to finally be part of the company and put my music in their hands. They heard my new record and offered the deal right away. I thought I was just going in to say hi, and the next thing I knew I had been offered a record contract. I’m really looking forward to the future and positive energy they allow me to have.”
What are your SXSW plans this year?
“SXSW is going to be a wonderful weekend for me. As of now, I think I’m playing eight shows in three days. I’m most excited about being able to play a show with OMD. I’m going to dance my little heart out when they play “So In Love.” It’s a great feeling to compare the showcases I played there four years ago to the gigs I have lined up this year. It allows me to realize that there is such a thing as progression. I’ll be playing next to some of my favorite bands out right now. I just can’t forget to bring my sunblock.”
Talk to us about your your pending album that’s slated for release this year.
“The album has become something I would’ve never expected. Modern Art and Warner Bros. originally approached me about a month after I released my album, ‘White Guts.’ The plan was to just re-release that record as a whole. Though a few of the tracks were written while I discovered my new direction, more than half were songs that I had written and recorded years ago. You only get to release your official debut album once, so I wanted it to be perfect. I decided to go to L.A. and lock myself away. I ended up recording seven new songs and thought, ‘Why not just allow it to be an entire new album?’ The plans of still calling it ‘White Guts’ and dubbing it as a ‘re-release’ quickly went out the window as I realized I had a new record done. I feel like I have grown as a singer and a songwriter, so this new life of the project needed to be represented in an entirely new way. While I can’t announce the title just yet, the 11 song collection is something I’ve always dreamt of releasing. It perfectly represents me and the artists who inspire me. I wanted to put out an album, not just a few ‘radio songs’ with filler tracks like most bands do. The Stills, Fleetwood Mac, Tears For Fears, Oasis; they released actual albums that flow and work track by track. In no way am I comparing myself to those great artists. But their music and work ethic inspired me to put my all into these songs. The public will know what I’m talking come June.”
Interview w/ Candy Claws
How are things going in Fort Collins? CSU basketball fans?
“The sun is out! The snow is in danger. What is basketball?”
How’s the follow-up to “Hidden Lands” coming along?
“We have a few songs written, nothing recorded yet. But we have the concept in mind, which is the most important part. It’s going to be about the Mesozoic era!”
What plans do you guys have on doing any split EPs or videos?
“We’re doing a split 7″ with Mike Adams At His Honest Weight of Starflyer 59 covers. It will be out in the spring on Flannelgraph Records. As far as videos, we’ve gotten into this situation where we have to make one every week, complete with new music.”
Any plans of hitting the slopes during the festival?
“Yes, they deserve it.”
Suburban Home Records made a nifty mix tape
Suburban Home Records has put together a spring mix tape to commemorate the pending shows from its artist roster in the coming months – many of which will be playing at Illegal Pete’s (I love their queso) for free. You can stream the mix tape below and download it here. Check here for a listing of the free shows put on by Suburban Home.
Suburban Home Presents’ Mix Tape Volume 2
1. Arliss Nancy – Stella Lovely
2. Michael Dean Damron – Dolls
3. Chuck Ragan – Don’t Say a Word
4. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – This Is How We Do Things In The Country
5. Possessed By Paul James – Older In My Body
6. Drag The River – Bug Country
7. Scott Reynolds and the Steaming Beast – Angel
8. Kentucky Parlor Pickers – Rosalee
9. The Hollyfelds – Bad Timing
10. Have Gun Will Travel – Salad Days
11. Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground – A Country House In The Heart of The City
12. Houses – Your Ghost
13. Nathen Maxwell – Working for the Man
14. Franz Nicolay – Luck & Courage
15. Red City Radio – Spinning In Circles Is A Gateway Drug
16. Black Dots – Grammy
17. Chad Price – Hybrid Moments (Misfits Cover – Live)
18. Lizzie Huffman – Tumblers and Tea
19. Pete Stein – Red Virginia Clay
20. 4H Royalty – Rock And Roll Blowout
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.