Wendy Woo Band – Tipping Point
Fort Collins’ powerhouse Wendy Woo, has released yet another fantastic album. This ten-song album is complex and full of many different music styles. Wendy Woo is known for her soulful and powerful vocals, and this album is no exception. The majority of the album has a country rock feel, but she adds reggae, Latin and blues influences as well. “Takin’ Pills” is the perfect anthem for a wild night out. It has a honky tonk sound. “Mile High Blues” blends blues and country in perfect harmony while painting a picture of current events in Colorado. “Backbone Road” is perfect for driving that empty dirt road alone at 1 am. The stand out track on this album is “Picture Frame.” It has a reggae sound throughout with a beach-y tone that goes along with her easygoing attitude. Overall, the album is full of musical twists and turns and is so much fun to listen to.
- Mikaela Antonelli
Vertical Arrays – Absence of Light and Sound
Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado, this four-piece alternative rock band is bringing back the low-key alternative rock sound. On their new EP “Absence of Light and Sound,” each song starts off slow and soft and eventually builds to an intense guitar driven crescendo. This album was released last month on May 9. They had a CD release party at Hodi’s Half Note with Cobary Jam. The album is reminiscent of ‘90s alternative rock, when alternative rock was soft and mysterious. The first song on the EP, “Escape Plan” sounds similar to Tickle Me Pink. The guitar riffs are similar to early pop punk bands with distorted guitars and gritty monotone vocals. The title track on the album is a faster paced song, with distorted vocals and heavy riff driven music it is a perfect rock song. It transitions from slower to fast paced within a chorus. It will take you on a rollercoaster ride of rock and roll. The last song finishes off the EP with soaring vocals and an amazing electric guitar riff. Overall, this EP is nostalgic of early alt. rock with gritty vocals and is just what local alternative fans have been waiting for.
- Mikaela Antonelli
Red Fox Run – Red Fox Run
From just a few miles south, we are met yet again with innovation from Denver’s ever-growing plethora of musicians. Red Fox Run’s third release reflects on the maturity gained after years of playing together at everything from festivals to house parties. The production is clean, though the self-titled album still holds the grit that often accompanies authenticity. It is rock and roll in the indiest of senses. However, the accessibility of Red Fox Run still holds true, creating an indie-pop rock hybrid baby, capable of holding the attention and appreciation of many. “I Am a Fox” encompasses the legitimacy of the group itself, the lyrics “I am a fox I need to run,” acting as a catalyst for an underlying energy that pervades each album and each live show. Catch Red Fox Run this summer at a string of shows in the Mile High City or along the Front Range, including a June 6 show at the Mish.
- Charlie Anderson
Genetics – Dr. Spookymuffin
I’ve never met Dr. Spookymuffin, but he certainly seems to be a funky fellow. The debut album from locally based Genetics is impressive to say the least, displaying foremost their wide range of influences and versatility in an instrumentally-driven sound. Guest appearances from Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters on banjo and Chuck Morris of Lotus on saxophone, add to the depth of the jam-based album. The level of comfort between the band members themselves, however, is evident in seemingly effortless and smooth transitions. Displayed especially in such tracks as “Toss N’ Wash” and “Once Again”, exuding the confidence of a band well in to their career. Dr. Spookymuffin is a funk-laced creation, melding together the incredible talents of four artists and their jam companions. Look out for Genetics during some local album release shows, and don’t miss them at the Mishawaka for the July 2 Everyone Orchestra.
- Charlie Anderson
Luna Sol – Blood Moon
Now hailing from the mountains just west of Denver, frontman David Angstrom leads Luna Sol through an ominous, mind-bending journey through his high-altitude highways on two wheels. The band’s debut album careens ever upward, slowing only for brief moments to explore bits of bluesy psychedelia before pushing onward again, exploding with dark, heavy guitar-infused rock. Angstrom is backed by a crew of Colorado locals (Pat Gill, Shanda Kolberg and Shannon Fahnestock) and hosts a number of guests, including bassist Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age) and Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses) on keys. Luna Sol’s self-proclaimed ‘high mountain stoner rock’ is exemplified in Blood Moon, drawing perhaps upon Black Mountain for a sinister yet massive overtone, or Soundgarden for some fuzzy grunge. Be on the lookout for Blood Moon’s release on 4/20 and a slew of release shows earlier this month along the Front Range.