Westword Music Showcase

Meet 100(ish) of Denver's best bands: Part one

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Calder's Revolvers

Westword Music Award Category: Rock -- Traditional

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

We make people dance. -- Andy Schneider


Call Of The Void

Westword Music Award Category: Hardcore

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

We make dirty angry music, but we are all really happy fun dudes. -- Patrick Alberts


Casey James Prestwood and The Burning Angels

Westword Music Award Category: Country

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

How much we care about what we do. We are not the young bucks on the scene with minimal responsibility and an abundance of time. We all have families, full time jobs and all the things that make most bands break up or fizzle out. We love it so much, that we just keep grinding. There are quite a few of us (bands) in that category, and sometimes you wish the fans could see that. -- Jeff Martin


Chase Ambler

Westword Music Award Category: Punk

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

Punk Rules. Love yourself. -- Anthony


Chimney Choir

Westword Music Award Category: Avant-Pop

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

Chimney Choir is an exploration. It is the culmination of the interests and inspirations of everyone involved. It has a mind of it's own, which can change at any point in time. It all comes out of a love of a moment and the people in it. It's about taking what we've got and making something out of it, finding what is inherently magic about right now. If we don't have the resources, we make them out of cardboard, scrap wood, spray glue and fabric. Imperfection is what gives a creation it's personality, so we say we are "Janky-Fantastique!" As soon as Chimney Choir establishes a form it changes into another. What began with Americana, a singing 3 part harmonies around a campfire with banjo, mandolin and guitar, soon became an electronic, poly-rhythmic percussion, found-sound, field recordings, performance art and dance. At this point, we just do what we want, and we don't know what it's going to want tomorrow. What if we did know? Then we would be bored. -- David Rynhart


Church Fire

Westword Music Award Category: Electronic -- Pop

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

Go out, be kind. -- Shannon Nonnahs


Colfax Speed Queen

Westword Music Award Category: Rock--Garage

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

Brothers and Sisters of the revolution, unite! -- Matthew Loui

Band profiles continue on the next page.


Covenhoven

Westword Music Award Category: Singer-Songwriter

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

Covenhoven is the name of the cabin my Grandfather built in southern Wyoming over the course of a decade. This music comes from that place. -- Joel Van Horne


CP-208

Westword Music Award Category: Post-punk

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

"Prospective new fan"- that's a good one. -- Tiana Matsuko Bernard

More artists are on the next page.

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