Blood sugar dropping? Give yourself a shot of alternative rock by downloading this track from Colorado Springs’ Knights in Colors.
Anyone who even remotely pays attention to the music business can recognize the seismic shift that’s taken place over the last decade. Record labels play less of a role, and bands success is largely in their hands, leaving bands to act as businesses and musicians. Clearly, this is helped by social media, but sometimes it can bite.
Colorado Springs alt rockers Knights in Colors recently finished their first EP, entitled “Fourth of July,” when they learned first hand how it can be hard as hell to control distribution of music in the modern era. The track “Coyote” was posted to Reddit without their permission. But rather than freak out, as a corporate label might have, they embraced it, and so did Reddit readers. The track attracted surprising attention with thousands of comments and listens.
Are Reddit users just lonely and bored enough to like anything? Or is this the work of astute crowd-sourced music criticism? See for yourself and download “Coyote” below. If even a single hair on your body is nostalgic for ’90s alternative rock, chances are you’ll dig it. The full EP is available for purchase on the band’s Bandcamp site.
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. He’s also a journeyman butcher. Seriously.