The best punk shows in Denver in October
SUN | GUITAR WOLF at MARQUIS THEATER | 10/6/13
Founded in the Harajuku district of Tokyo in 1987, Guitar Wolf was inspired in part by guitarist Seiji's encounter with Link Wray's monumental classic, "Rumble." Hashing together bits of old time rock and roll with punk, garage rock and noise, Guitar Wolf became the kind of band that is undeniably compelling and electrifying live, with some of the most viscerally wild shows around. The outfit's mutant form of music, which it calls "jet rock 'n' roll," crackles around the edges because these people play like they can barely contain the fires burning in their bellies. After the tragic death of bassist Hideaki Sekiguchi (aka Billy Wolf) in 2005, the band regrouped and actually put out a follow-up album called Dead Rock. Guitar Wolf, who shares this bill with the Coathangers, is currently touring in support of its latest record, Beast Vibrator.
SAT | AGENT ORANGE at MARQUIS THEATER | 10/5/13
Part of that great wave of Southern California punk of the late '70s and early '80s, Agent Orange made great contributions to both the development of hardcore and modern surf rock. "Bloodstains," a song on its 1979 debut EP, championed early on by KROQ's Rodney Binghenheimer, has become a bit of a staple in punk circles. Rather than discovering one sound and sticking solely to that aesthetic, Agent Orange has made songs like "Fire in the Rain" that were too edgy to be pop and too poppy for certain punk purists, and in the late '80s the band fully explored fusing punk with surf, with Same Bolle going on to play in Dick Dale's band. Agent Orange shares this bill with Guttermouth and Pinata Protest.
TUES | BLEACHED at HI-DIVE | 10/1/13
Jennifer and Jessica Clavin were once members of Mika Miko, a punk band that was part of the group of bands that helped put legendary Los Angeles D.I.Y. venue the Smell on the map. In that band, the Clavins seemed to fully adopt the do-whatever-you-want spirit of the first wave of punk and wrote some of the most unpredictably visceral, heartfelt and humorous songs of the period. These days, the sisters are teamed up with Joanthan Safley and Micayla Grace in Bleached, an act that trades in the charmingly splintery and loose style in for more summery melodies.
SAT | RESIDUAL KID at HI-DIVE | 10/5/13
Purportedly all three members of Residual Kid are under sixteen years old. But either way, these guys didn't start overnight and had been gigging around their hometown of Austin, Texas, for a few years before the band's singer decided to split in 2011. Rather than be cowed by that setback, the band returned a few months later with a different sound and a brand new batch of songs. At the intersection of Nirvana, Shellac and Sonic Youth, you'll find something of the essence that informs not just the sound of this band but also its surprisingly confident and eruptive live performance. Sure, the initial novelty of "kids" playing such rough and tumble music is what draws some people in, but these guys are no fluke. They're not quaint; they're just a solid, respectable punk rock band with an ear for taking the music to interesting places.
SAT | D.R.I. at GOTHIC THEATRE | 10/19/13
Houston's Dirty Rotten Imbeciles formed in 1982 as a kind of straight ahead hardcore band in the classic mold. But D.R.I. perfectly captured a time when several hardcore bands embraced a love for non-mainstream metal and thrash. The band's epochal 1987 album Crossover is both a definitive work in that style of music, as well as a more or less formal acknowledgement of an ongoing phenomenon among its peers in groups like Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion of Conformity. Original members Spike Cassidy, now recovered from a bout with cancer around a decade ago, and Kurt Brecht are still in the band. While the long-threatened eight album has yet to be released, D.R.I. continues to tour and consistently brings a high energy show wherever it goes.