This setup obviously suited the band's self-titled debut album, with its more folk-centric orientation. But it also works with the aesthetic demands of the material on its latest album, Don't Be Afraid, It's Only Death, which was mixed and mastered by Orbit Service's Randall Frazier.

"I feel like our style and sense of what we're doing has always been 'zombie death polka,' which I think is a great description," says Belleview of the stylistic consistency between the band's two releases. "I would say between the two albums we've done so far, the first one is more folk and rooted in Americana. I would say our new album has more like a '20s and '30s New Orleans feel to it, like Dixieland. They're both very immersed in the flavor of America's being a melting pot of so many different styles. I kind of like that idea for our band, as well, but I feel like we take it and make it our own."

From having played an eight-year-old's birthday party for a group of the Twelve Tribes religious sect near Boulder to soundtracking the Zombie Crawl, the Widow's Bane has established itself as a powerful and unforgettable live band with a unique performance style — though perhaps one element of frontman Mortimer Leech's signature dance moves has remained largely misunderstood.

Location Info


The Walnut Room

3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Downtown Denver


The Widow's Bane CD-release show, with In the Whale and Electric Shoes, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Hodi's Halfnote, 167 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, $6-$11 (under 21), 970-472-2034; 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, with the Raven and the Writing Desk, Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut Street, $7-$15, 303-295-1868.

"In the '80s, we were big fans of Chuck E. Cheese," Rutherford recalls. "We went there almost every weekend. They had those animatronic characters playing songs in a weird fashion. I think that really influenced Mortimer in his animatronic movements. I've seen videos, and I think there's a direct correlation."

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