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Thirty-Nine Punk Bands Contributed to Social Distancing: A Compilation

The Yellnats organized 39 Denver bands to contribute to a compilation album.
The Yellnats organized 39 Denver bands to contribute to a compilation album. Andrew McLane
With all concerts canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, Denver pop-punk band The Yellnats wanted to do something good for the city during this period of social distancing.

The group, which formed in 2018 and has been busy dropping EPs, was in the middle of demo-ing its first full-length record when the stay-at-home order was issued. So bandmember Tom Dodd set out to create a massive compilation album showcasing a murder of local bands.

"I wanted to do something involving music that would help as many people as possible," says Dodd. "I figured, why not ask bands around Denver to contribute a song for some sort for a compilation, and whatever I make from the compilation, I'll donate to a couple of Denver organizations that are doing great work in our communities."

By the time he finished the project in late March, he had brought on 39 acts, including Denver favorites like SPELLS, Television Generation, Bud Bronson & the Good Timers and Rotten Reputation, along with plenty of lesser known — but just as scrappy and worthy — punk bands.

"I have three goals of this project: to give people amazing music to listen to during quarantine, to give exposure to musicians who may be out of work due to the coronavirus, and to raise money to donate to local organizations," explains Dodd. "The organizations I chose to split all of the earnings between are SafeHouse and Food Bank of the Rockies. I just think they both provide extremely essential services to our community. These are tough times right now, so anythings that helps is super-important."

Hear and buy the album, Social Distancing: A Compilation, at the Yellnats Bandcamp page
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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