Featured Friday! Babelord

Set the date 3/25/22, this is the day the world ends, more the like the world currently known ends. Babelord is releasing a new song, unfortunately due to fear of being abducted and used for experiments by the extraterrestrial beings. Only some spoilers are allowed, for they are always watching from above. Stick around for my thoughts on the new song and a little hint to some details! 

As mentioned before babelord is an entity hailing from far off, 2.5 million light years away. Past the ninth quasar within the andromeda galaxy, is Galactar, where our lovely being calls home. Set with the mission of spreading infinite, unconditional, intergalactic love to inhabitants of planet earth. All jokes aside, remember in the early 1990’s, tv specials when an alien makes an appearance. Full body suit usually silver, a head band with antenna attached to the top, made of tinsel. Take that character give them a guitar and make some funk/synth pop and we have our band. Honestly the whole aesthetic is astonishing, and the hope is that this alien does the abductions “beam me up!”. Having crafted a fun character with a fully fledge back story that could be the main plot in an episode of Sabrina the teenage witch or even the secret world of Alex Mack. It’s a Mandela effect, babelord was in those shows more like there is no proof to say otherwise.  Maybe it’s a gimmick, or our first real contact with intelligent life outside our solar system. Only time will tell but for all those Denver locals we say goodbye to our favorite alien. Now in LA crafting that interstellar sound, at their base of operations broadcasting those funky beats in the atmosphere. 

An upcoming band with a few ep’s released “No cake” Is the stand out song “in my opinion”. Fine line of synth pop with catchy beats to craft dance inducing rent free bop. Most viewed song “love without wanting” is a fully developed concept with a cohesive story matching the bands origin. It’s almost like we received our generations b-52’s with babe being the main subject. Visually the voice doesn’t match, a higher pitch is anticipated but babe is gifted with a well-rounded voice. An artistry of distortion and emphasizing tones, not regular in these genres of music. Aesthetically if they decided to do a spoken word poem with laser blast sounds it would be modern art or an abstract installation piece. Unbeknownst to all this could be a second project, floating around with a different name. It is highly possible that their first attempt in the music scene was an 80’s American rock band. The vocals complement that style, demonstrating babe’s versatility. At this rate it would be something worth keeping an ear out if that project ever did come to light.

Babelords new song quick thoughts

*Spoiler Alert*

It is before 3/25/22, as of now this song is unreleased, after that date come back and see if you agree. Luckily babelord was kind enough to share their new song with me. Due to fear of waking up on an operating table with a probe in places that normally don’t get it. There is very little I can share; it is not mine, and I do not want to steal the spotlight. What detail that is provided “K” is the first letter of the tracks name. The Intro to the song has an 8- bit sound, like a boss battle in an old school Nintendo game. A level played repeatedly just to hear, and the character idled just to get that melody on repeat. Compared to older songs they have leveled up their game, and if this trend continues it won’t be long till you see them featured on a Spotify’s upcoming artist playlist or sampled for a movie. Lyrically they hit the original directive for visiting planet earth but still more work is a head to share infinite, unconditional, intergalactic love.

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Babelord is a group everyone should have on a playlist just to show people. The music is great, a lively time and it is what music is lacking. A fully crafted story and music reminiscent of early pop stars with a double life. It won’t be long till they are opening for bands like “Magdalena Bay” or at the same festival. Collaborating for a song it could be the next hit of summer, playing on every radio station for that one hit wonder effect. At their current trajectory their future is bright, just like all the stars in the galaxy. 

Featured Friday, Panther Martin

Growing up did anyone else ever watch a clip, or a show with a time period piece. Around the 1920’s, with men in fedoras and 3-piece suits? Smoking cigarettes, wearing suspenders and wingtip shoes? A guy in a studio narrating a horse race, or on the radio speaking in a devolved condenser microphone. That sound or voice is universal, an early Hollywood magic everyone has an idea or can hear it in their heads. Now imagine that voice singing and turn that voice into catchy mellow alternative rock. Hear it? The real thing is better, and it comes from Denver Colorado in the form of a band named “Panther martin”

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Denver locals have had the pleasure of experiencing and seeing live performances. Panther martin is a big deal locally, usually packing a small venue to the brim or drawing the attention away from headlining acts. A hard hitter at “the underground music showcase” and a staple, always on the roster for good reasons. All shows are guaranteed fun experiences with back stories and likely taking place at venues such as, lost lake lounge, Larimer lounge or hi-dive. It is very apparent the members have cultivated a life in this city, and it is only a matter of time before these guys enter the long list of great musicians hailing from Colorado  

“American Power Pop” A self-described synopsis, that carries truth but the previously describe scenario is an accurate analogy. Logistically, the sound effect is coming from the microphone used by the band. Don’t let that comment categorize this group into a gimmick band or pigeonhole them. Behind the mic is still a talented singer who just uses a medium to create an original sound. To date no other band or artist comes to mind implementing this tactic, being a trail blazer on a unique concept. If anyone else were to do it at this point, they will be drawing inspiration from panther martin. Given the circumstances a performance that must be seen, between the high energy, catchy aesthetic, and great atmosphere. An upcoming band, but already a fully developed concept gaining moment every set they play

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March 1, Claud, Dad bod, State drugs

Concert coverage!

When covid hit, our society did a great job of limiting transmissions. Social gatherings, and live music were no longer plausible. Everyone was hit hard, but now we are back and better than ever. Starting off the season right and documenting concert experiences. As a patron of the event here is an opinion from my perspective.

State Drugs

h State drugs is a band that is unfortunately a victim of wrong place, wrong time. Their sound is very reminiscent of a 90’s teen film, just think; Ten things I hate about you, Clueless and she’s all that. Could easily be featured in any film soundtrack, during that time launching their careers. A pop-punk grunge vibe, mixed in with light sing talking, only thing missing is ska elements. Still, a high energy display from both guitarists trading off between main solos and back up strumming. In the words of my friend “the drummer is amazing” and he was so in awe by him. After watching his skills unfold and now convinced drumming is his calling. On record they are very cohesive, and the singing meshes well. That was not the case for a live performance, having the vocals unfortunately drowned out. A local Denver group who will be playing again and has high prospect for further crafting their sound.

Dad Bod

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Super bias on the next band, the name, presence, sound, all done beautifully. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the band named “Dad bod” A band full of people who do not have a dad bod and do not sound like a dad. Naming the band this seems like a dad joke, and it works. With a nod to early 90’s fashion, an eccentric substitution guitarist with no shoes and a fashionable drummer. This is a band to look out for, soft vocals mixed steadily towards a fully-fledged jamming session. On the edge of indie pop, with grunge elements, sad girl music vibe. Heavily influenced by raw emotions with hypnotizing calming rifts. On record they stand up even better, hearing all the subtle elements blending seamlessly and having the same experience in person. Ending a mesmerizing set “Callie” laid on the floor singing to the audience, only negative aspect is the sanitary conditions of the marquis floor. True punk rock right there. 

Claud

For our final act and the reason bringing everyone together. Mr. bitch himself “Claud” one fun fact about the show it’s his second time at the marquis theater. First being years ago opening for the maria’s, ironically playing the summit music hall. Claud has had some time to hone his skills and it was evident in the lack of difference between recorded tracks and live performance. Meaning the whole show is what you would expect, vocals matched, playing was cohesive. Unknown skill but much needed was his handling ability of the crowd and the situational moments. A drunk couple raised their hand in between song to ask the bassist’s name, screaming praises at her. To the rest of audience raising their hands to try and ask a question. Followed up by a short conversation regarding small world moments and finishing off the night with a happy birthday sang by all. All while keeping a smile on his face and moving the energy along, wonderful performer. High energy when needed and soft and mellow when the energy dictated. An artist who has found his stride and keeps at it, only the next show will demonstrate all the improvement and momentum. 

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Featured Friday

The Footlight District.

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The internet and social media being are on the fore front of everyone’s mind. All the constant information one of the benefits is the ability to connect from all over the world with interesting folks. Finding new bands from other states/ countries that may have not ever made it on a playlist. Hearing a local band from outside of the zip code, feeling like part of that community. Getting a glimpse of that city and music scene, hearing new sounds being produced with the influence call home for those artists. Which brings us to a new band name “the footlight district” who recently became my Instagram friend. One I am honored to give my initial opinion of discovering their music.

Imagine science fiction/ double feature in the rocky horror picture show but make it a woman. Those big red lips singing, mouthing the words but what comes out is a voice with a more wobble effect. Mixed with soul-garage and blended with various classic elements. Going deeper into the discography ever era of music was shining through, from southern country with sixties wood stock era rock vibe. Plus, an intro to a James Bond film with a nod to old thrasher punk group and you have “The Footlight District”. All a distinct sound that is crafted and made reality by this sibling band.

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Gaining popularity from their song “take the exit” which is featured on ABC’s big sky. The Footlight District is one of those bands that seamlessly blend multiple genres, while making a sound that is distinct. Just hearing the powerful vocals, instantly the light bulb would go off. This is them; this is the footlight district. Only when the singer changes to the male vocals are you thrown for a loop. Wondering if you somehow skipped to an old school punk band. No, same band and yes! we are here for it. The ability to change the sounds of each song leaving the listener guessing if they are on shuffle, a skill not many bands can effectively pull off. Those who try are usually bands that lack any sounds origins that tie those random adventures together. 

War Paint

The new addition of war paint adds extra dramatic effect to the group, showing the fun and resourcefulness of a up and coming band. If the storytelling writing doesn’t get you, the high energy performance that borderline mosh energy will. This band is all glam rock energy with a show presence to stop and draw the eye. After watching thoughts should be “we are going to be best friends!” For my personal comment, “not normally my kind of music, but I am glad to have added songs to my playlist. incomparable, a sound of their own. Give them a listen and send some love their way”.