Music News


If only Repeater-era Fugazi had sounded like the members were actually having fun, or (International) Noise Conspiracy had come from freezing Regina, Saskatchewan, instead of freezing Ume, Sweden, then Despistado's twitchy take on obliquely political hardcore might not sound so fresh. As it is, these four friends -- the first non-U.S. band signed to Jade Tree -- blow the doors off a self-regarding scene with white-hot dance-floor hardcore from the Great White North. While vocalist Dagan Harding shouts enigmatic lyrics about love, laws and materialism, guitarist and lifelong friend Leif Thorseth jerks and shudders. Meanwhile, drummer Brenan Schwartz and four-stringer Joel Passmore doggedly pound out a rump-shaking foundation. Coming from a city that boasts only 2,365 hours of sunshine each year, it's no surprise that Despistado generates plenty of intelligent hardcore heat.
KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Eryc Eyl
Contact: Eryc Eyl