Thieves, explore the eclectic rock of Spies! and download “Lions,” a track off the new EP, released yesterday.
As the story goes, Spies! was birthed in 2004 by songwriter and producer Joe Norris. And that’s about the only consistency with this band in the decade since. Joe Norris uses the banner Spies! to label any number of projects and collaborations. Spies! has been just singer-songwriter Norris and an acoustic guitar, and it has been a chamber-pop octet in the studio. But today, Spies! the live band is a consistent three-piece, and the anything-goes attitude is confined to the music.
On “Dine Like Lions,” the EP released on Jan. 14, listeners find Spies! the eclectic rock band. At once, they are a jam-band, a prog-rock band, folk-rock, a power trio, and none of the above. It’s guitar-driven, layered music with synth soundscaping, harmonizing guitars and intriguing vocal harmonies. But the four songs on the EP use chords on the same jazz scale, offering the tying thread throughout the collection.
Spies! says that in the past genre wandering has been a problem for the band. So, for 2014, they plan to release an EP every other month, each focusing on an aspect of the band’s eclectic rock sound. The next release, presumably in March, will be more radio-friendly pop rock.
Word is that live Spies! strips away the layers and plays a raw version of the music, which is a must if you’re playing Lion’s Lair, which the band will on Feb. 21. Tonight (Jan. 15), the band will perform live via Internet at Callywood Radio.
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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 journeyman butcher. Seriously.