Mumford and Sons closed Sunday night at Glastonbury, one of the world's biggest music festival, with a cover of The Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends." Fittingly, the band teamed up with a couple friends, Vampire Weekend, The Vaccines and First Aid Kit to perform the classic tune in front of 80,000 crazed spectators. It was the band's first performance since cancelling several US shows, including Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Bonnaroo, due to bassist Ted Dwayne’s brain surgery. Dwayne, who is still in recovery, did join the band onstage to celebrate the big night.
If last weekend’s theme was country music and bluegrass, then this weekend’s theme is hardcore rock. Load up on ibuprofen now because the next 48 hours is all about aggressive guitars and banging drum rhythms.
This Saturday, June 29, there will be two ear-splitting events featuring some of Grand Junction’s best bands. First off, the No Coast Sushi rockers Loaded .45 are throwing an album release party at the Mesa Theater and Lounge (doors open at 7:30 p.m.).
Leading up to that event is a local Battle of the Bands competition at 4 p.m. Saturday at The 4th Door, 400 Grand Ave.
Designed to help promote local bands to a larger audience, this Battle of the Bands is going to be a slug fest. With Forsberg, Dirtylektric, Zolopht and the Destroyers, Dinosaur the Musical, Obtuse, As-If, Murder Cafe, The Tankerays and Anywhere But Here, the real question is, does the all ages, non-alcoholic venue The 4th Door have enough power to keep all those amps humming?
I’m glad I’m not playing bookmaker on this one because I really have no idea who will come out on top. I’ve had the chance to see most of these bands play, and it’s hard to compare them side-by-side.
If I were to wager a guess however, I’d lean toward Forsberg taking home the title as it’s easy to see why Grand Junction has embraced this band. On “Killer Miller,” Derrick Sorg’s screamed lyrics are balanced out nicely with Mike Flenniken’s clean vocal chorus. Forsberg is a true hardcore punk but with enough pop edge to win over casual fans. The band also features an impressive power drummer in Joe Foelker, which only helps their chances of winning this event.
Directly following the Battle of the Bands, both Forsberg and As If head over to the Mesa Theater for the night’s big event: Loaded .45’s album release party. With Augmented also joining the lineup, this is the perfect capstone for an already heavy day of rocking.
Loaded .45 is making a lot of noise in the punk rock world. Recently returned from a 20 shows in 20 days tour of the United Kingdom with Scottish punk band and label mates Uniforms, Loaded .45 is back in Grand Junction and ready for a party.
The band’s album release party is for two records, really. The first album is a split, four-song 7-inch recorded with Uniforms. For the split, Loaded .45 recorded two songs: “Foyeurism” and “Joe.” Both songs feature a lot of power chords, fast drumming and whiskey breath lyrics, pretty much everything that makes punk rock music so punk rock.
The party also celebrates “Making Enemies Not Memories…,” Loaded .45’s full length album.
“It’s going to be fun to play for the hometown crowd again,” lead singer Josh Roberts said. “It’s been a long time.”
Over the past year, Loaded .45 spent most of its time on the road, only playing a couple local shows. For fans, Saturday is a can’t miss event.
“We always try and raise the bar,” Roberts said about Saturday’s show. “For our first album release party we had a marching band introduce us. This time around you can expect something even more exciting.” The band is keeping what that certain “something” is under wraps, but I’m guessing it will be big.
Between these two Saturday shows one thing is certain, Grand Junction’s punk scene is on the uptick. With the likes of Loaded .45 and Forsberg leading the way, I expect the punk scene to grow and develop.
The thing about all-ages shows, which both of these are, is they get the next generation of fans hooked early. Who knows, maybe our next big local band will meet each other in the pit at Mesa Theater or the parking lot of The 4th Door.
Here is a video of Wilco once again proving why they are the coolest band around. Their version of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" was part of Wilco's Solid Sound Festival. The band played an all request set last Friday night based on fan requests through wilcoworld.net.
Jeff Tweedy's falsetto could use a little work but who cares, the audience totally lost it.
Check out the ukulele and guitar stylings of throwback duo Victor and Penny. Listening to "If It Ain't Love" I immediately thought of Joe Brown and his vocal and ukulele work on "I'll See You In My Dreams," the touching, closing song at the Concert for George Harrison. It's Victor's (Jeff Freling) voice and its tremolo character that is most reminiscent of Brown. It gives the song a sense of wistfulness, especially when he goes into a vocal trumpet breakdown. With Penny (Erin McGrane) adding ukulele, the track has a throwback, bouncy Vaudeville feel.
Victor & Penny are a Kansas City antique pop duo playing both covers and originals on guitar and ukulele, incorporating jazz guitar licks and charming vocals. It's music that's meant to be fun and infectious. There are no effects to hide behind, what you see is what you get. Victor and Penny are scheduled to perform live at the Cavalcade in Fruita tomorrow night (6/26).
"Who is the Daikaiju??? Premium action heroes deliver most high rocket music! Special reverb skill combo for full impact! Loud sonic boom for earful pleasure! Beautiful radiation of hyper-dimensional springy sound creates divine psychic wind for your special protection. Worship Psycho-surf band Daikaiju daily for good luck and health!"
That's a direct quote from Daikaiju's (die-kie-joo) Facebook page. This theatrical New Orleans quartet, who play "all reverb guitar action full on," are headed our way. Daikaiju are scheduled to appear live at Sabrosa this Wednesday.
From their own description the band sounds like fighting characters from mid 1990s video games like Street Fighter or Tekken. With names like Secret-Man, Rock-Man, Hands-Man, and Rumble-Man, Daikaiju should be an entertaining show, if nothing else. Their tone is vintage surf rock. It's twangy reverb with metal-esque drums (presumably played by Hands-Man). Someone on YouTube described the band as "surf Rush." Sounds good to me.
Check out their music and possibly even their show.