My mamma always used this Spanish saying that goes, “Kill a dog once, and you’ll forever be labeled a dog-killer.” I found this very fitting in light of the upcoming Electric Daisy Carnival to hit Denver, err, Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, this Saturday, June 11. KDVR posted a news report to the effect that the festival is a drug haven where tweens across the city will shell out their weekly allowances to purchase a couple of pills. The notion of drugs, music and festivals isn’t new news. (This just in, water is wet). LA did away with the EDC this year in light of the passing of a 15-year-old that overdosed on ecstasy last year.
Tennis talks second album, appears on MTV
This month’s 5280 has a great piece on music in Denver and Tennis was showcased as one of five artists/groups that are crackin’ right now. Reverb caught wind (from the Swift Ranger perhaps?) that Tennis was working on a second album and we spoke with guitarist Patrick Riley to get the scoop. Tennis also appeared on MTV to give them the lowdown on living life as sailors that you can watch below.
How far along is the new album and when can fans expect it to hit shelves?
“We are quite far along in writing the new album. It seems to be taking a really nice shape of its own without too much relation to our first release. The songs feel much more lively. It’s quite nice to write music without such parameters as “the journaling of an adventure.” We can’t release who we’ve been talking about working with yet because, in all truth, it’s not set in stone yet. But it will be an interesting blend of recording techniques… ”
What was the decision behind recording in Austin?
“We haven’t fully committed to recording in Austin yet, we are actually looking at a few different places. Some songs just beg to be recorded in a basement with a 4-track and basic mics, others seem to want an old reel-to-reel machine with fancy vintage equipment. We’re going to keep our options open for our next release and really let the songs dictate our approach to recording them. ”
When can fans expect it to hit shelves and have you recruited anybody new to work on the album?
“Still working out a release date as well! Not sure, really depends on who we work with. ”
Watch Flogging Molly on “Conan”
Flogging Molly appeared on “Conan” Monday night in support of their new album, “Speed of Darkness,” released last Tuesday. The performance of “Saints and Sinners” is one of the standout tracks on the album, and Reverb’s Ricardo Baca interviewed Denver citizen, and Flogging Molly bassist, Nathen Maxwell about life and the new album that you can check out here.
Listen to the first 2011 remix from Pretty Lights
Pretty Lights has put together Radiohead, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails and himself, and stuffed it all in a blender. The end results are below and you can download it here. “Everything In It’s Right Place” was almost my favorite track off of “Kid A.”
The Fixx donate proceeds of new single to Denver Cancer Foundation
The Fixx has put together a new single that was inspired at the base of Mt. Everest (seriously, getting there would be inspiring enough) titled, “Moving Mountains.” You can download the single over here and donate with proceeds to benefit the Denver cancer foundation, Love Hope Strength.
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.