Surely by now everyone in Denver is familiar with the blue bear and the blue mustang. But are you familiar with The Blue Rider. The band band just released a Super 8-filmed psychedelic video for its surf-rock instrumental “12-6-10.” Steal the track here.
Is Denver in love with surf rock?
When the year is done, and Colorado songs of 2013 are put into lists, surely Colfax Speed Queens‘ surf track “Fiends in the Night” will be solidly featured. It was in heavy rotation on OpenAir for weeks, and the creepy beach-party video crawled across walls on Facebook. It was as if — before the waters rose and the Coast Guard came — that Denver had a minute when a camp fire by the ocean with Dick Dale sounded swell.
But now there seems to be a trend.
In September, The Blue Rider released a 10-song, eponymous EP of surf rock drenched in R&B and psychedelic rock. Whereas Colfax Speed Queen leans towards polished pop, The Blue Rider sounds like they were rode hard and put away wet. It’s edgy, psychedelic rock with a beat that will raise your heart rate like the adrenaline of riding big surf.
“The Blue Rider” EP is available on 10″ vinyl and electronically at the Bandcamp page. Download “12-6-10″ below, then check them out live at Larimer Lounge opening for Austin psychedelic rock band Night Beats on October 24.
Watch for a Beach Boys-esque band to emerge from Baker. If that happens, we have a trend.
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.