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Steal This Track: Carbon Choir, SAUNA, Safe Boating Is No Accident

Denver indie pop quartet Carbon Choir plays the Walnut Room this Saturday, May 28. Photo courtesy of the band.

Denver indie pop quartet Carbon Choir plays the Walnut Room this Saturday, May 28. Photo courtesy of the band.


A little over a year ago, we gave you the opportunity to steal a track from Carbon Choir‘s debut full-length. As the emotive Denver indie pop quartet prepares for a show at the Walnut Room this Saturday night, May 28, they’ve agreed to give away yet another song to lucky Reverb readers.


Taken from last fall’s “Cut from the Cloth” EP, “Bird with Broken Wings” is an uplifting hunk of piano-driven pop that has “radio” written all over it. Opening with Chris Hatton’s driving keyboard figure, the tune builds to its climax thanks to Scott Weidner’s tuneful sense behind the drum kit, Ryan Fechter’s understated bass and Joel Van Horne’s jazzy guitar. The centerpiece, however, is Van Horne’s distinctive, bell-like voice that rings with sincerity and passion, even if it’s hard to tell what exactly he’s so sincere and passionate about. Steal “Bird with Broken Wings” above to hear for yourself, then grab your tickets to Saturday’s show, with Andrea Ball opening.
Denver artist Noah Van Sciver's cover art for Split Series Vol. 2, a split cassette featuring Safe Boating Is No Accident and SAUNA. Courtesy of Buckingham Pie Group.

Denver artist Noah Van Sciver's cover art for Split Series Vol. 2, a split cassette featuring Safe Boating Is No Accident and SAUNA. Courtesy of Buckingham Pie Group.


Buckingham Pie Group — the local cassette-only label run by Something Like Sound blogger Tim Weilert — just released the second in its split cassette series. “Split Series Vol. 2″ was released digitally via the label’s Bandcamp site on Monday, but the physical cassettes won’t be available until Friday, June 17, when the two featured bands play at the Old Curtis Street Bar.

We featured the first cassette back in February, with dark pop songs from Flashlights and Force Publique, but this second release heads in a whole different direction.

On the A side of the cassette are six songs from Leighton Peterson’s Safe Boating Is No Accident, who visited Steal This Track back in September. The quartet sounds like a folk pop band that ran naked through art school before stealing all of its instruments from your grandparents’ attic. As usual, Peterson’s clever, literary lyrics are at the center of the songs. Listen closely as you steal “Cancer Wing.”

The B side of “Split Series Vol. 2″ includes eight songs from barely legal beach rockers SAUNA. Together less than a year, and just escaping from high school, the teen quartet rocks with the confidence of a much more mature outfit. Guitarist CJ MacLeod and singer Molly take their cues from ’90s twee poppers like Beat Happening and Moldy Peaches, but there’s an almost punk edge to their interactions, especially when bassist Ethan Hill and drummer Sammi Davis (yep) push things forward with hormonal urgency. In true twee fashion, Davis learned to play the drums just a week before the band’s first public performance, giving the group’s raucous songs a Mo Tucker-like naïveté. Steal “Beachball” for a taste of SAUNA’s sillier side.

If you like Steal This Track, you’re gonna love Steal This Track: a Reverb Dance Party — TONIGHT 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. This month, we’ll be joined by bawdy burlesquer Cora Vette, spinning vintage vulgarities and wearing something shocking. As usual, DJ Savior Breath (a.k.a. Reverb’s own Eryc Eyl) will do his sinful best to turn the shindig into a pants-dropping dance party. Just like Steal This Track, this beatnik barn dance is 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 for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout for stories about Denver musicians doing extraordinary things. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.

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