Steal This Track: In the Whale and Men In BurkaBy Josh Johnson | November 5th, 2012 | No Comments »
The season of politicians accusing one another of lying and stealing is almost over. But the stealing lives on. This week, download a new single from rock duo In the Whale and ethno-electronic Men In Burka.
Poor bassists. When The White Stripes emerged, folks were stunned they could create a full sound as only a two-piece. Now, it’s a detail hardly worth mentioning. Whereas a power trio used to be the most stripped-down rock band, now we’ve got power duos like Denver’s In the Whale. These two create hardy rock music more robust than many five-pieces. Need proof? Check out “Girlfriend,” posted here with a two-finger discount. This track is the band’s follow-up to their EP released earlier this year, and there’s currently no word about a subsequent album. The pair will be bringing their aggressive-yet-playful style to Shine in Boulder on Nov. 9 for The Yawpers CD release party. Tickets are $10.
When musicians have a “side project,” it tends to be an outlet to explore ideas too difficult for their core audience. Men In Burka is an exception. The group’s members have all built a reputation in Denver and beyond by exploring more abstract, less commercial electronic sounds in groups like Modern Witch – as much a band as an art collective – and Strange Powers. Here, with Men In Burka, it’s not boundaries that are pushed as much as borders. Musical and cultural sounds of Pakistan are blended with more-mainstream hip-hop and danceable electronic. The resulting blend is somehow so natural yet so contentious. It’s a conflict with a beautiful, sonorous ring. Perhaps it’s shortsighted to call this a “side project.” Members Kamran Kahn, Mario Zoots and Josh Powers seem to be ever working on various projects, musical and otherwise. Who’s to say what the main project is? The new album,“War / Magic,” comprised of new songs and released tracks remixed by other DJs, is available now at a name-the-price rate on Bandcamp. Check out a Men In Burka DJ set on Nov. 14 at Larimer Lounge, opening for Tanlines.
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.