Ten 2016 Releases From Denver Bands That We're Excited For

SPELLS is one of many amazing Denver bands releasing albums in 2016.
SPELLS is one of many amazing Denver bands releasing albums in 2016.
Crystal Allen

We here at Westword are stoked for the year! Originally, this piece was to focus on five 2016 releases by local bands that we were excited for. But as we compiled the list, that number quickly jumped to ten, then fifteen, then twenty...you see a pattern here. While we know that recording and putting out an album takes lots of hard work, money and sometimes blood, we decided to focus on ten releases and then post a (somewhat) comprehensive list of new Denver releases you can look forward to in 2016. Let us know what you're most looking forward to — and what we missed.

Artist: Faceman
Album Title: Wild and Hunting
Release date: "Not set, but likely in May"
Label: TBD
Why It's Exciting: Faceman is one of Denver's most unique and engaging bands, and this release, tracked by Colin Bricker at Mighty Fine Productions, will "feature guest musicians on cowbells," according to Steve Schnepel.

Artist: The Outfit
Album Title: The Outfit
Release date: TBD
Label: TBD
Why It's Exciting: "We believe this is some of the best work we have done to date. We are excited to continue to move forward as a band, and we look forward to seeing what we can do with this record." — Eric Johnston, vocals/guitar

Artist: SPELLS
Album Title: TBD
Release date: TBD
Label: Snappy Little Numbers
Why It's Exciting: "It's full of raditude and will have you shaking your ass from your bed to your kitchen and back to your couch, because stayin' in is the new going out." — Rob #3, drums

Artist: Ol' Hickory
Album Title: Scarecrow
Release date: TBD
Label: Roll the Jax
Why It's Exciting: "Songs about workin' and drinkin' and workin' on drinkin'. More fun than a South Broadway Saturday night...or whatever." — Scooter James. vocals/guitar

Artist: Arliss Nancy
Album Title: Greater Divides
Release date: March
Label: TBD
Why It's Exciting: Arliss Nancy has long been one one of Colorado's hardest-working bands. This release will be the band's fourth full-length and shows the group doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. 

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