Wake up, Monday! Download this pop punk track from Fort Collins’ Elway!
There was once a time when Fort Collins had a punk rock scene that could rival any in the region. It may not have been recognized locally but Owned & Operated records and the band ALL, featuring members of the the Descendents, put the city to the north on the national punk rock map. That day has mostly passed.
Today, The Blasting Room studio in Fort Collins — built by members of Black Flag and the Descendents and where bands like Gaslight Anthem and Rise Against have recorded — maintains this tradition, as does Elway. The band may only share the city with these other legends of punk, but like the Fort Collins punk scene of old Elway may be overlooked locally but recognized nationally.
On July 2, the band released “Leavetaking” on Red Scare records, an album bursting with powerhouse pop punk. Now, when we say “pop punk,” think of the better half with bands like NOFX, Lagwagon and No Use for a Name, all bands that recorded at The Blasting Room. It’s fast and bright music screaming with heart-pounding energy. Yet lyrically, it’s emotional and vulnerable with a slight vocal twang that could be seen as a signature of our region.
When Elway first emerged, changing their name from 10-4 Eleanor, some sports figure sent them a letter asking them to change it. In true punk rock form, they refused and clearly won that battle in the long run. Even “USA Today” covered the controversy. But after that blip in national news, the band has made some stellar music that has earned them deserved attention from genre publications nationwide. This album should only propel them further along that path. No matter whether Colorado remembers its punk rock past; Elway is Colorado’s punk rock present.
Download “One Flew West” below, a song with post-hardcore elements and with killer female harmonies that could be higher in the mix. The line “there’s no better hope left in this idle city” is particularly poignant. Then, check them out live at The Marquis Theater on July 28 with Masked Intruder.
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Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also a butcher. Seriously.