Steal This Track: Amazing Twin and LexigramBy Eryc Eyl | April 19th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
It’s time once again for your regular injection of free Colorado music. Today, you’re lucky enough to be able to grab brand new indie rock from Amazing Twin and progressive art rock from Lexigram (the band formerly known as Yerkish). Ready, set steal.
With very little fanfare, low-profile Denver indie rockers Amazing Twin released its latest EP during the Hot Congress residency at Lost Lake earlier this month. While that means “Grown Alone” didn’t grab a lot of attention, it certainly doesn’t mean it wasn’t deserving. The quartet of Patrick Kelly, Stuart Confer, Lucas Johannes and Chris Durant has assembled a strong collection of songs that builds on the group’s previous poppy takes on indie rock, but adds a noticeable edge and urgency that wasn’t there before. It’s an intense, aggressively emotional record with a yummy, gooey center of sincerity and vulnerability. Steal “Want’s Yard Is Dry Air,” then pop over to the Hot Congress store, where you can download the whole EP for a mere $3 or grab a physical CD for just $5.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more experimental, you won’t want to miss the new self-titled EP from Lexigram, its first since changing its name from Yerkish. The EP will be released Saturday, Apr 21, with a hootenanny at the Gothic Theatre, and trust us — the name isn’t the only thing that’s changed here. Where Yerkish’s previous compositions tended to sprawl out into unwieldy and difficult-to-access prog-rock opuses, Lexigram’s tunes are tighter, crisper and gentler on the ears. As bassist Brent Moran says, “They’re harder to play, but easier to enjoy.” That’s not to say the band has gone soft. Steal “Zombie Cheer Camp” for a taste of the band’s new direction, then get down to the Gothic on Saturday night. Tickets are just $8 in advance, $12 at the door, and include a copy of the EP and a chance to win a six-month pass to all shows at the Gothic. Panal S.A. de C.V. opens.
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.