This Town Needs Guns
One of my favorite Denver venues is the Marquis. Granted, one needs some pretty serious ear buds to block distortion if seeing a show there, the vagrants patrolling the outside can be annoying, and there isn’t a ton of room to sit down, but the pizza is always a welcome treat in between bands and a music buff can’t ask for a more intimate setting to enjoy a band. So it was with much enthusiasm that I embarked on a Wednesday night to see TTNG (short hand for “This Town Needs Guns”) last Wednesday.
TTNG was the third of four bands and had a set that didn’t disappoint. Featuring many tracks from 220.127.116.11.0 and Animals, hard core fans found their favorite tunes (“Catfantastic,” “26 is Dancier than 4″ and so forth. I would have loved to hear “Wanna Come Back to My Room and Listen to Some Belle and Sebestian,” but we don’t always get what we want, do we?). But for someone with only a cursory knowledge of TTNG’s music, I found myself as impressed as the hardcore TTNG fan I saw the show with.
For starters, a math rock show can be difficult for a casual listener to follow: by it’s very nature, math rock is somewhat inaccessible. Many times, math rock bands have to thread the needle of staying true their complex natures but at the same time creating music that is catchy. TTNG are master knitters, in this sense. Rather than using chorus as the hook for many of their songs, TTNG relies on looping guitar riffs that weave their way in and out of songs to create a sort of hook. And between songs, lead singer Henry Tremain provides witty banter and crowd interaction to keep the crowd engaged and enthusiastic.
In short, TTNG is a group of astounding musicians that can make difficult, demanding music accessible and enjoyable for the layperson. Catch their show next time they are in town.
Stressin’ on your last minute Halloween costumes yet? We’re pretty sure being a Ninja with a bad ass playlist in your back pocket is an awesome option….Just sayin…
Rainy Day Women
Aint It Time?
Long Way Down
I'LL BE GONE (Vice Remix feat. Pusha T)
Linkin Park‘s LIVING THINGS was a pretty underrated album, even among the band’s hardcore fans. Luckily for us, LP will be breathing new life into the project through the release of RECHARGED later this month. Similar to their Reanimation collection released 11 years ago, RECHARGED will include a collection of remixes of many of the album’s standout tracks, including this one by DJ Vice, featuring Pusha T. Vice substitutes the original’s guitar chords with a fresh, uptempo electronic backdrop complete with snares that make it ripe for a killer versa from Pusha. Check out the track above, and make sure to pre-order a copy of RECHARGED before it hits shelves on October 29th, to snag yourself a bonus remix of “Burn It Down” by Paul van Dyk.
Marika Hackman once again demonstrates that the hype surrounding her music is entirely justified. Building on the quiet triumph of her remarkable debut release, this new single signals an intriguing new direction for the London based songwriter. With guitars amped up and a full back in tow, “Cinnamon” arrives doused in an endlessly imaginative arrangement, with Marika’s vocals giving the song a flickering warmth, as if lit from within.
To say that we’re anxiously awaiting hearing the rest of Sugar Blind would be a ridiculous understatement. If you’re anything like us, we suggest pre-ordering the EP on iTunes to receive an instant download of “Cinnamon”
San Mei Music
Brighter (Calum Howard Remix)
After one hell of a week, we’d like to offer a special thanks to Calum Howard’s remix “Brighter,” which has us feeling instantly soothed. We were already pretty keen to Goldcoast resident San Mei, after posting her debut track. The original’s drum-centric nature provided the perfect showcase for the glowing vocals. With those two elements being the shining star, it’s not hard to see why someone would step up to remix this tune.
The Newcastle native took this assignment in full stride, creating a deliciously dreamy interpretation of the original. Chalk full of ethereal vocal samples, rolling hi hat hits, and a buzzing bassline, this remix is full of calming charm.
After releasing his critically acclaimed debut album ‘You Are All I See’ , Pat Gross better known as Active Child catapulted himself as one of the most exciting acts of late 2011 and beyond. This October will mark another milestone for the Los Angeles native exposing his musical maturity with the release of Rapor recorded in his home studio sharing the same name. Serving as a “culmination of Grossi’s heartfelt journey around the world in support” of his latest album, the sounds contained in six-song EP accentuate his already aggressive 1980s synth-pop tendencies yet remain enthralled by his acute production and experimental layering for modern consumption.
“The house is made up almost entirely of glass, designed by the architects Buff and Hensman as their personal refuge from the chaos of LA. Inside the studio you can feel the sun pouring through the skylights and the mountains wrapping around on all sides. They named it Rapor, Ra meaning sun and Por meaning house. Sometimes i would spend weeks alone at home writing without leaving or having visitors. It was during those periods that i realized how important that space was to me creatively. I relied on that solitude.” – Active Child
Active Child’s ability to cohesively introduce new experiences with a backdrop of distinctly familiar sounds leaves us wanting to explore the very world he created. Delicate tracks like “Calling In The Name of Love” evoke nostalgia by revisiting similar sounds of the 80′s and if the Breakfast Club had a risque love scene, this would undoubtedly be its soundtrack. The EP also features impressive collaborations with vocalist Mikky Ekko and our beloved Ellie Goulding whose appearance in the track ‘Silhouette’ borders into the angelic.
Set for release on October 22nd via Vagrant Records, Rapor EP is a journey you will want to take and will soon be thanking Active Child for taking you with him. You can stream the entire EP below.
Subtle (Feat. Mikky Ekko)
Feeling is Gone
Silhouette (Feat. Ellie Goulding)
Calling In The Name of Love
Surprises. Some of us love them. Some of us hate them. But when tiny surprises come wrapped up in a sweet little playlist, its kinda hard not to come back for more. (Once a week. Every week. Every Tuesday Morning. Just in case you were wondering).
The Moth & The Flame
Denitia and Sene