How many different ways can we consume pumpkins? This Halloween it seems like every retailer is exploring that question. Steal This Track is offering some relief with downloads from singer-songwriter C.P. Carrington and ’80s sleaze metal Give ’Er Hell. Both 100% pumpkin free.
C.P. Carrington is admittedly not much of a self-promoter: no press photo, no Facebook page, no regional tour. But sometimes a musician’s ability to market himself is inversely proportional to whether the music is actually worth marketing. We can assure you that this is the case here.
Last month Carrington released his third album, “The Loving Kind.” Recorded in Denver and mixed/mastered by Andy Tennant (Cat-a-Tac) in Boulder, this album has the best production quality of Carrington’s releases yet, and his songs deserve this fine treatment. Take “The Difference” here for you to steal:. With lyrics such as “Like a politician in the back room/ Or a preacher at the bar in the afternoon/ There’s no difference in the two,” Carrington’s lyrical concerns span the personal and the universal. Neither seems too heavy handed when accompanied by his subtle yet catchy melodies and astutely layered instrumentation and arrangements.
The album is available on Amazon for $7.99, and Carrington says he’ll be performing with his new band early this December, “Probably at Hi-Dive, Walnut Room or Larimer Lounge.” But you’re going to have to look for the show, because chances are he won’t let you know.
Sex, drugs, fast cars, the occult – the motifs of rock ‘n’ roll are dangerous, because rock ‘n’ roll should be dangerous. This is what makes it cool — your parents aren’t supposed to like it. For Elvis, all he had to do was swing his hips. Today, however, most rock bands seem to have abandoned the danger – perhaps nothing seems dangerous in our desensitized times – and those that reference older motifs come off as parodies.
Since 2006, Fort Collins’ Give ‘Er Hell has adhered to the rock ‘n’ roll danger code. Not a parody, though perhaps the image isn’t as genuine as the group portrays, this band plays music direct from the Sunset Strip in 1980s. Double-kick bass drums, guitar solos, whiskey, women and tattoos – the guys write songs and perform as if Mötley Crüe still topped the Billboard charts. It’s not too hard, and not too soft. Not too fast, and not too slow. It hits that sweet spot of rock that gets the adrenaline going without sounding belligerent.
Well, the FoCo band is throwing in the bandana with its last show at Hodi’s Half Note on Nov. 10. Should be a debaucherous good time, and G.E.H. is best experienced live. Here, from their album “Destroyinat’er,” we give you — ahem — “Snatch Racket.” This may be the last chance to see sleaze metal until a Guns ‘N Roses cover band comes through.
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.