All the albums we could find in one afternoon from Denver's Bandcamp pages in one place
Bandcamp is gaining quite a bit of traction here lately with Colorado bands. It has (thankfully) begun to replace MySpace as a primary outlet for bands to network, distribute music and sell albums without the hassle of setting up their own website.
If you have all kinds of time on your hands, you can search endlessly through the website on your own -- or you can let us do all the heavy lifting. We recently spent the better part of an afternoon finding as many pages as we could from local bands and then spent the remainder of the afternoon handily organizing and embedding the individual players for you to peruse all at once, in one place. Don't mention it. We're good like that.
One thing we noticed: There appears to be a fair number of bands that don't seem to play a lot of shows and instead spend their time sitting around recording music. We know we're missing a ton of groups, seeing as how Denver has something like a gazillion and bands. The oversights aren't intentional, we assure you. In fact, if we happened to miss something noteworthy, feel free to point us in the right direction by pasting a link and a short description below.
Andy Ard - What She Did
Andy Ard makes bar-room rock -- the types of songs you'd expect to hear in a place with a Harley parked outside and a jukebox full of classic rock. A bunch of his releases are pay-what-you-want, so wander around to find more.
Bad Weather California - Live Jammers EP
Bad Weather California has been around long enough that you should know what to expect here, but in case you've missed them: indie-Western pop.
Bedsit Infamy - Lungs, My Heart. Blood, My Stomach
Indie pop filtered through the Cure, with a layer of melancholy that sits on top of pop beats.
Buffalo Supernova - Buffalo Supernova
One sad bastard playing all the instruments renders indie-rock results.
Fulcrum - Quack!
This album was recorded at the Blasting Room -- which should give you a pretty good idea of the sound to expect: fast pop music that closely resembles pop punk but doesn't actually cross the line.
Goodbye Timebomb - This May Break Your Heart
Clearly a lot of pop-punk influence is keeping Goodbye Timebomb ticking -- and with vocals that sound strikingly similar to Jello Biafra, it's no surprise. You'll know you're in Denver when you hear lyrics like "Late night, drinking at the hi-dive."
I Am the Dot - Winter EP
Denver sure does love its pianos and singing boys. That's exactly what you'll find on this free EP released early this year.
Irene's March Yarina
The only tag the band used for this release that makes a lick of sense is "noise rock." Think loud guitars, buried vocals and a slight penchant for pop.
lightlooms - lightlooms
You know that singing style that gals use when they actually know how to sing? Okay, put that with a guitar, piano and pedal-steel, and you get lightlooms.
Joshua Novak - Dead Letters
We mentioned that Denver loves its boys with guitars and pianos, right?
Pan Astral - Pan Astral
If we say Pan Astral sounds a bit like what might happen if you filtered Peter Gabriel through Daft Punk, would that make any sense? Anyway, that's what it sounds like to us.
Olivia Rudeen Until Now EP
Olivia Rudeen makes upbeat Americana: Just picture the Dixie Chicks playing at a Nederland backyard BBQ.
Sandusky - The Settled Dust That Rose
Sandusky capture the uniquely Colorado sound of cowboy-electro-shoegaze, or bootgazing, as they call it. In line with the likes of George and Caplin and Wentworth Kersey, this is one of Colorado's distinctive sounds.
St. Elias - Altered Beast
Despite the album title, this has nothing to do with the Genesis video game -- at least we don't think so. What it does have to do with is some space-rocking jams.