#WMS 2012 recap: Bannock Street Garage

Categories: Music Showcase

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Citizen performing at Bannock Street Garage during the 2012 Westword Music Showcase.

Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to write up the acts that appear on the individual stages across the Golden Triangle. Jon Solomon was at the Bannock Street Garage stage, which was graciously hosted by Jim Norris. Page down to read his thoughts and see some photos.


BANNOCK STREET GARAGE

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Luke Schmaltz of King Rat performing at Bannock Street Garage during the 2012 Westword Music Showcase.

With two of his King Rat bandmates on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, frontman Luke Schmaltz opened the day with a solo acoustic set, which was mainly made up of songs that were King Rat rejects. Wearing a Denver Joe T-shirt and playing to about forty people, Schmaltz's noontime set was an ideal way to ease into a long day of punk bands at Bannock Street Garage. Schmaltz dedicated a tune to his fiancée and said, "She's probably drooling on a pillow somewhere. I hope it's the one in our bedroom." Near the end of his set, he sang a tune about how all his friends are musicians, with a line about a friend of his that tried to turn him on to electronica and he kicked his ass.

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Citizen performing at Bannock Street Garage during the 2012 Westword Music Showcase.

Citizen was up next and launched into a heavy set with the frontman screaming his ass off. Dude was seriously belting so hard he sounded like he could have ripped a vocal on nearly every song. At one point early in the band's set, four dolled-up sorority-looking gals looked a bit freighted by it all as they walked by the stage to the front of the bar, where it was slightly less noisy. The band motored through a solid set with a crunchy drop-D tune near the end that started out slow and then shifted to a faster pace.

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Elway performing at Bannock Street Garage during the 2012 Westword Music Showcase.

By the time Elway took the stage, the middle section of the bar was almost packed, and singer and guitarist Tom Browne urged the crowd to move right up near the small stage. The quartet came out of the gate strong with a revved-up set of punk soaked in a bit of pop, dropping in some great harmonies and the occasional Husker Du reference at times. Browne said the band was releasing a new EP next month, and the band delved into two songs from the disc. Browne also mentioned the band was about to go on tour to Canada, the West Coast and Europe.

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Pitch Invasion performing at Bannock Street Garage during the 2012 Westword Music Showcase.

While Pitch Invasion singer Jim Yelenick claimed he had bit of hangover, it didn't stop him and the rest of the five-piece from digging into a solid set of old-school-inspired punk. Playing to a packed room, Pitch Invasion ran though an aggressive set that pulled from the band's album, Live to Regret, including "Suburban Lies," "Blackout" and the hilarious "Peeping Tom." The band also blasted through a track from the forthcoming Mile High Low Lifes Volume II compilation, which will be released next month, that also includes Allout Helter, Chingaso, the A-Oks, Hawk Attack and more.

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Bannock Street Garage

1015 Bannock St., Denver, CO

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