Much could be said about the Denver band Tin Horn Prayer. They played vaudevillian Americana with a punk rock attitude that was perfect for the time and lead the way for other rowdy acoustic music like The Lumineers. But the time for that sound has passed, and so it seems has Tin Horn Prayer.
Andy Thomas of Tin Horn Prayer emerged a year ago as a solid singer-songwriter with a dark, hard edge on his album “Wicked, Dark.” And now, he’s pulled in fellow Tin Horn Prayer players Scooter James (Love Me Destroyer and Pinhead Circus), Ethan Steenson and Dan Gilbert, forming Bloodlines. Now, some might say Bloodlines sounds nothing like Tin Horn Prayer, and they wouldn’t be wrong — but they also wouldn’t be right. Bloodlines is a post-rock band without a single acoustic instrument, but Tin Horn Prayer always seemed to have a crush on this style of hard rock, while restraining themselves. There is no restraint with Bloodlines.
On the four-track EP “How to Become an Undertaker,” the tracks take on a theme. Check out the song order: “Dig a Hole,” “Find a Body,” “Drop In,” “Walk Away/Repeat.” We’re going to assume you already know how to dig a hole and share the track “Find a Body.”
Bloodlines is still a brandy new band with only a few live performances under their belt. We’re told there’s more to come, but nothing on the calendar now. You can check out Andy Thomas solo at Illegal Pete’s on South Broadway on March 15.
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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.