Even casual observers of the Colorado music scene have surely taken note: Fort Collins may not be just the capitol of Colorado beer, but also a regional hub for music. Events like FoCoMX, which in 2012 hosted 300-plus bands at over 30 venues in two days, rival, if not defeat, similar events in Denver.
Then, there is SpokesBUZZ Fort Collins. The non-profit works to “amplify the local music scene” in Fort Collins by developing professional artists. Bands apply to be taken under the wing of industry experts and assisted with need-to-knows like marketing and booking, culminating with a Fort Collins showcase at South By Southwest. In 2012, they hosted the first-ever (near as we can tell) Band Swap, sending Colorado bands to play in other US cities, and bringing those bands to Fort Collins.
This past week, SpokesBUZZ released “Band Together: Volume 3,” a compilation album featuring SpokesBUZZ Class of 2012 artists. We’ve got The Echo Chamber’s “Morphine Tiger,” featured on the disc, here for you to steal. The song meanders through prog riffs while holding steady to a sound both spacey and grounded.
The Echo Chamber will be at Summit Music Hall on Dec. 21.
(Full disclosure: “Steal This Track” author Josh Johnson used to be a SpokesBUZZ board member.)
Once upon a time there was a promising Denver trio called the Hot IQs, and then the indie band called it quits with promises of pursuing music in other forms. This week, one of these forms will emerge as Long E, short e, collaboration between Hot IQ’s Eli Mishkin and Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens variously of Morriconez, Wentworth-Kersey, and George & Caplin. The first single, “Unlike a Machine,” is available here for download.
These two Colorado music mainstays are mysterious about the project, referring to the image above as an explanation of the project. Originally, the two worked on a remix project that never left the confines of two 1.44mb floppy disks. But with some tequila added (see center photo), they recorded “live” tracks with traditional instruments, analogue synth and field recordings on a pitch-bending cassette deck.
The result is a truly otherworldly soundtrack for a fugue state journey. As abstract as that may sound, there is still something organic going on. The melodies are beautiful and the synth sounds complimentary. It’s a pleasure to listen to, and we look forward to hearing more.
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.