Steal This Track: Native Daughters and Bop SkizzumBy Josh Johnson | October 1st, 2012 | No Comments »
October seems to be harvest time for Colorado music, and Steal This Track has albums like zucchinis, picked and ready to drop on your doorstep. We’re kicking off week one with instrumental post-metal from Native Daughters and funked-out pop from Bop Skizzum.
So often music writers fall into the genre trap. How many hyphens (post-punk, nu-grass, alt-country) does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of what you’re really trying to say? Ideally, none. But Native Daughters begs for hyphens, all beginning with “post.” Rather than describe the band by what has past, we’ll say what it is. Native Daughters is crushing riffs, harmonic guitar melodies and chunked out rhythms. It’s melodic without the frail sweetness of pop. And it’s entirely undistracted by vocals – well, there are some megaphone rally cries that only increase the force. Here’s the hyphenated genre: Native Daughters is post-lame. We offer you “Private Sauce” made public to steal. We think it acts as an overture for the band’s September release, “War Elephants.” Also, Native Daughters is somewhat of a supergroup, featuring members from bands like Trees, Sleeper Horse, Mustangs & Madras, etc. This list could go on, but just listen, then check the band out at Lost Lake on Oct. 13. “War Elephants” is available for download on Bandcamp for $6.
Ready for some more genre confusion? We’ve also got a new theft-worthy track from Colorado’s prodigal, style-blending band Bop Skizzum. Last fall, days after she moved back to the Centennial State from New York City, the band added Julie Almeria on lead vocals. But then, Almeria fell ill. So, the band brought in hip-hop artist SF1 to fill in. When Almeria returned, they felt the two vocalists had chemistry, and so the band became an eight-piece. With a sound as poppy as it is funky, with horn hits and tinkling pianos, the band fully utilizes all eight members. Bop Skizzum is set to release its first LP, “Coloradical,” an album funded by a Kickstarter campaign, on Saturday at Gothic Theatre. Steal “Do You Want It?” right now. You know you want 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 Steal This Track for consideration.