High Plains Underground Archive

Cricket on the Hill Was the Great Equalizer of the Denver Music Scene

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The Emmas were punk without the scene baggage. Similar bands like Wanker and Pin Downs used to play the Cricket. The latter's Heather Dalton helped to put together the Stars of Cricket On The Hill compilation. This photo is from Lisa Cook's 34th birthday celebration. In the foreground is part-time backing vocalist Anne Schummer.

My Sister Outlaw was one of the bands Suzi Allegra from Fingers of the Sun and Ancient Elk was in for a few years. Everyone in the band switched up instruments and sang lead and played bass and guitar. Also in the band were Jocelyn Holst (who lives in the Netherlands now with her husband Martijn Bolster, former drummer of The Swayback), Andrea Allen and Sophia Throop, who had also been in Catatonic Lydia with Allegra.

Slim Lizzy was a Thin Lizzy cover band that actually got it right.

The Bronze is still around and making '70s style sludge rock the way it was meant to be -- with passion and conviction. The bill for this night was a typically eclectic mix for the club, with the Bronze, Slim Lizzy and my old shoegaze/post-punk band Tornado Alley.

Seraphim Stitch was fronted by Charity Mudd, and her incredibly powerful voice kind of made the band. But overall it was an enjoyable goth-industrial band with some metallic elements. It was short-lived and never really put out any music you can get a hold of. Hopefully no one mistook the group for Seraphim Shock. Charity now does vocals in electro-ambient project Mingo.

Into the Ether was the sort of punk, sort of psych, sort of prog outfit that featured future members of the Pollution, Ed Marshall and Jay Fox. It played shows all over town and was certainly no stranger to the Cricket.
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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.