Steal This Track: Rowboat and The AmendsBy Josh Johnson | January 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
After seven years and three albums of treating Rowboat like a side project, or a stepchild, Sam McNitt is finally ready to give the band the attention it deserves. McNittâ€™s other band, Blue Million Miles, called it quits, and the songwriter decided to pull together a permanent line-up for Rowboat. And we stand to benefit.
Last month, Rowboat released â€śOf Disappearing,â€ť the first album with a solid line-up. There will be a release show at Hi-Dive on Feb. 16, and the album will be available on Bandcamp at some point, but below we offer you â€śCold, Black Wind.â€ť
For sure, this is some moody stuff. But itâ€™s more of an existential exhaustion than a whiney, â€śmy life sucksâ€ť bummer show. McNittâ€™s warbling voice carries words of lament and being in the wrong place, and the music retreats and surges with subtle support of this mood. That is, until a haunting, lone guitar rises from it all. This is music for cold, wintry nights. So, pour a whiskey, kick up your feet and enjoy the melancholy. Rowboatâ€™s music is great on itâ€™s own, but the sound of a winter wind through pines will make it all the better.
In todayâ€™s world of hyphenated musical genres and novelty fusions of sounds, it really takes some balls to just play straight-forward rock â€™nâ€™ roll without irony or apology. If you donâ€™t play it well, youâ€™ll be written off as a bar band or classic rock revivalist. And those who do usually fall into the garage band category. Boulderâ€™s The Amends do neither. They reference various styles of days gone — they wear their love of Lou Reed on their sleeves — without sounding like a tribute band.
The Amends just released â€śWhat We Could Be,â€ť its second LP. Buy or stream it on the bandâ€™s Bandcamp site. Below, we give you â€śItâ€™d Be Nice.â€ť
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.