Steal This Track: The Broken Spoke and Dirty FewBy Josh Johnson | December 3rd, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Youâ€™ll hear it everywhere: This is the season of giving. But around here, we are bigger fans of taking. Today, weâ€™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.
â€śTalk of the Townâ€ť from Colorado Springsâ€™ 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. â€śTalk of the Townâ€ť begins with drums and the muted melodic throb of an analogue synth before a haunting guitar emerges with Tom Skoraâ€™s voice and a chorus as catchy as it is progressive. Thereâ€™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 everymanâ€™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 â€śAboutâ€ť section of Dirty Fewâ€™s Facebook page, it simply reads, â€śwe like to party!â€ť And it shows in their music. Now, you may read that as a high school teacher may and think weâ€™re saying the band is a bunch of drunk screw-ups. Perhaps they are, but these drunken screw-ups can rock. Check out â€śYou Want Me.â€ť Nothing sloppy about this track. The vocals are just punk enough to convey raucousness, without contrasting the frenetic yet clean guitar. Point is, itâ€™s a fun song about two people who want each other, and thatâ€™s quite enough.
Dirty Few will debut the video for â€śYou Want Meâ€ť at Illegal Peteâ€™s in Lodo on Dec. 5 at 9:00pm. They will also preview their forthcoming album, which presumably will feature “You Wan Me.” They wonâ€™t let us share the video now, but we can say itâ€™s directed by Denverâ€™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 youâ€™re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks â€” along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art â€” 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.