Hearsay bits: Strange Condition gets new frontman, Hearts Like Lions change name and more

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Strange happenings: We've received word that frontman Ryan Malloy has parted ways with Strange Condition, which signed a development deal with Universal Records this past summer. The outfit is keeping the reason for Malloy's exodus quiet, but has confirmed that his slot is now being filled by Matthew Furlong, who previously fronted Fat Knuckle Jack, an act out of Fort Colllins. The band makes its live debut with Furlong this Friday, December 18, at Herman's Hideaway.

Young Hearts: Armed with brand new material and a new drummer, Hearts Like Lions has undergone a name change. The band (previously confused with similarly named groups like Lions the Brave, Lion Sized) has officially changed its nom de tune to Young Cities (not to be confused with the dearly maybe/maybe not departed Young Coyotes), and launched a new website. The act is slated to make its debut with its new moniker this Friday, December 18 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge with OneRepublic.

Spin city: The Spin Cycle has been tapped to warm up dates on the Breathe Carolina's upcoming tour with Hypercrush, which kicks off on Tuesday, February 9 in Scottsdale, Arizona, after Breathe makes a short jaunt to play some dates overseas next month. Should make for excellent fit given the Spin Cycle's sugary synth-pop laden sound, which is undeniably kindred to Breathe Carolina's -- minus the screamy hardcore vocals, of course. After his nightly opening sets, the Spin Cycle's Joshua Aragon, will hop onstage with Breathe as part of its backing band.

Unchained: Chain Gang of 1974 mastermind, Kamtin Mohager, is clearly working overtime to build the excitement for the release of his new full-length next month. Just months after making Guerilla, a ten-track album full of remixes and b-sides, available for free download this past October, he's sent word that he'll now be posting another batch of gratis songs within the next few days on his site. The record, which he's dubbed Fantastic Nostalgic: The Early Recordings, consist of songs from the Chain Gang's first six months of existence.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.