Denver Does Denver at Meadowlark over the weekend
Eric Gruneisen Oblio's Arrow does Los Dos and the New American Ramblers at Denver Does Denver
08.28.10 | Meadowlark
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This second installment of Denver Does Denver took place on Saturday night at the Meadowlark, both upstairs and downstairs, as well in the Flobots Community Space. The bulk of the acts I caught played in downstairs at the Meadowlark, beginning with A Setting Science. Mark Shusterman is better known for his stint in Widowers, but apparently he and a drummer friend scored a short, black and white film about a circus in Denver in the early '30s rather than cover a specific band.
Tom Murphy A Setting Science (view full slide show)
The dark, often somber music was jazzy in its rhythms but decidedly not so in its choice of which chords it employed to create a sense of foreboding to match the tenor of the film -- which was projected against the back wall. Like a Danny Elfman piece had Elfman lived in the silent movie era.
In the most clearly blink and you missed it moment, Chaperone covered local hardcore speedsters Crawl in a one-minute performance that sounded like the performer had listened to Birthdeath Experience-era Whitehouse or a lot of Suicide while preparing for this show. It was harshly disturbing and brutal, and apparently not all of the sounds were firing, so you can only imagine the sheer sonic devastation that would have been wreaked had this not been the case.
Tom Murphy Oblio's Arrow taking on Los Dos and the New American Ramblers (view full slide show)
With the impending departure of Ian Douglas Moore overseas, this was one of the last shows for Oblio's Arrow with the full band. But in that spirit, the guys did a fairly faithful cover of a handful of songs by their friends Los Dos and the New American Ramblers. The earnest, but never perverse, countrified interpretation of the Los Dos songs brought out how that band wrote music that lent itself well to different arrangements. Bryce McPherson, Steven Lawson and Will Duncan all took up duties on lead vocals.
Tom Murphy Hunter Dragon covering Dominic And Arthur Play the Hits and Friends (view full slide show)
Anyone who saw Hunter Dragon's set had to wonder what he could possibly be doing with his voice clearly channeled through a vocoder while laying down some heavy duty hip-hop beats. Apparently he was covering Dominic and Arthur Play the Hits and Friends. One of the mystery songs was a 50 Cent track, and for the vocals, Hunter pitched his voice so high, he sounded like a psychotic, psychedelic chipmunk on crank having some fun.