You’ll hear it everywhere: This is the season of giving. But around here, we are bigger fans of taking. Today, we’ve got two Colorado tracks for you to take under the cloak of morning. Check out progressive country from The Broken Spoke and garage rock from Dirty Few.
“Talk of the Town” from Colorado Springs’ The Broken Spoke, available below for stealing, is a bit of a tease. The band recently released three tracks recorded at Hideaway Studios in Sedalia in late October, all available for streaming on their Bandcamp site. And the music is solid, for sure. “Talk of the Town” begins with drums and the muted melodic throb of an analogue synth before a haunting guitar emerges with Tom Skora’s voice and a chorus as catchy as it is progressive. There’s even a kick-ass guitar solo! This is The Broken Spoke sound: progressive and exploratory without neglecting to give the audience something to grab on to, and perhaps dance. Imagine an everyman’s Calexico.
So why is this track a tease? Because in December they are heading to Wavelab Studios in Tucson to record the follow-up to their self-titled debut with Craig Schumacher, who has worked with Calexico, DeVotchKa, Neko Case and countless artists who The Broken Spoke may call peers.
In the “About” section of Dirty Few’s Facebook page, it simply reads, “we like to party!” And it shows in their music. Now, you may read that as a high school teacher may and think we’re saying the band is a bunch of drunk screw-ups. Perhaps they are, but these drunken screw-ups can rock. Check out “You Want Me.” Nothing sloppy about this track. The vocals are just punk enough to convey raucousness, without contrasting the frenetic yet clean guitar. Point is, it’s a fun song about two people who want each other, and that’s quite enough.
Dirty Few will debut the video for “You Want Me” at Illegal Pete’s in Lodo on Dec. 5 at 9:00pm. They will also preview their forthcoming album, which presumably will feature “You Wan Me.” They won’t let us share the video now, but we can say it’s directed by Denver’s Maitland Lottimer and features lots of partying with Twisted Tea, enough to make us question a sponsorship (see photo).
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.
Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe.