Best of Denver 2013: A look back at the Best New Band winners from the past decade
Our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands today. It's a painstaking issue to put together each year, but one that everyone looks forward to. This edition is even more significant, however, as it's the thirtieth edition. It's also a minor milestone for Backbeat, as it marks the tenth edition since we established the Best New Band category, when we started singling out the local act that made the biggest impression on us in the previous year. Looking back, it's quite an esteemed list. Continue on for a look back at the Best New Bands from the past decade. -- Dave Herrera
- The Dirty Few's punk ethos matches its album title: Get Loose Have Fun
- With its massive sound, Spires won't be playing small rooms for long
- Meet the snake charmers of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
THE DIRTY FEW (2013)
With the constant influx of great new bands that flood the scene every year, it's tough to pick the best of them. But the Dirty Few made that task infinitely easier this year. The trio makes the kind of fun, no-frills, boisterous, beer-can-foisting rock that you thought didn't exist anymore. The bouncy bombast could inspire even the most bashful of wallflowers to spring up and raise their fists without a moment's hesitation. And while the music itself is 100 percent pure exuberance, the group's live shows are even more energetic and engaging. Get Loose, Have Fun is the act's debut album title -- and motto -- but it also describes the attitude adjustment you'll experience after a dose of the Dirty Few.
It's hard to recall a band in recent memory that made as much of an impression as Spires, a quartet that appeared quietly but instantly engaged us with its auspicious four-song debut, which was far too short for our tastes. Somehow the group's lush, atmospheric dream-pop sound -- which has plenty in common with acts like the 77's and Slowdive, as Spires itself acknowledges -- manages to be familiar enough that you can identify the well it draws from without it seeming like some blatant carbon copy. Of all the year's new acts, Spires is the most promising.