All of these elements came to bear during the recording of No More Wasted Days. Recorded at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins this past spring, the album benefited from the input and insight of Richling, who drew on Places' live strengths during the recording process.

"Greg live-tracked this whole record," McDonald reveals. "There's nothing overdubbed; everything you're hearing is just in a room playing at the same time. There are keys, two guitars, bass, two drum kits, a twelve-string, and it sounds like that. I think it's cool, the way it translates."

The approach gives songs like "The Fire," "Honesty" and "Doesn't Matter What I Say" an expansive sound and a sense of immediacy. On "Doesn't Matter What I Say," the Barkers' paired drums lend a contoured percussive effect, a backbone that drives Hatridge's shading on the twelve-string and Martin's fretwork on electric guitar, and lends heft to earnest Glasgow lines like "What if I say that it's all wrong...I keep believing in a broken lie."

Seven up: Drew Barker (from left), Branden Barker, Jon Hatridge, Tyler Glasgow, Jordan McDonald, Brian Martin and Checkers Barker are Places.
Seven up: Drew Barker (from left), Branden Barker, Jon Hatridge, Tyler Glasgow, Jordan McDonald, Brian Martin and Checkers Barker are Places.

Location Info


Marquis Theater

2009 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205

Category: Music Venues

Region: Downtown Denver


Places, CD-release show, with Regret Night, Be Brave and the Canopy, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 7, Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer Street, $8-$10, 1-866-468-7621.

With echoes of music from the likes of Tom Petty and Counting Crows, Places' latest release offers instant accessibility to a sound rooted in the canon of classic American balladry and songwriting. Those familiar elements are no accident, Glasgow says. There's a power to playing a song like "Free Fallin'" in a crowded bar; there's a considerable effect to playing music that listeners of all backgrounds can immediately recognize. Mating that sense of universality with the band's own unique instrumentation and composition is a major goal of the new release.

"We're a family band, and I'm not ashamed of that," Glasgow enthuses. "I try to make music that everyone can listen to; you don't have to have a particular hair style. I wrote the record about myself.... All of my favorite songwriters are not pretentious and not contrived. They're not trying to be something they aren't."

For Glasgow and the rest of the members of Places, trying to force their music into the framework of a four-member band is a prospect that's more than pretentious and contrived. Such limitations aren't even under consideration. "I can't imagine playing in another band with one drummer," Glasgow concludes.

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