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CD review: Be the Ant

Remember when you were in high school, and your friends were in that weird funk-rock crossover band? They played, like, every weekend, and even though the band wasn't really your thing, they were good at what they did, so you went to their shows? Be the Ant could be that band. From the opening track ("Marmaduke") on, vocalist Erik Petersen's voice fluctuates between catchy and grating, often terrifyingly doubled up, as if to accentuate its ability to punch out all other instruments in the mix. Electric guitar twiddling and needling and jerking also hams up the record so much that underlying bass and drum sounds are barely a lumpy afterthought. Who knows — maybe Be the Ant is just so far ahead of its time, we aren't catching the throwback references yet.

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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