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.
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.
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.
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.
If you like any of the bands please go follow them, and support. Tell them I sent you.