Music News

Mustangs & Madras

Mustangs & Madras had a rare ability to write introspective songs filled with nuanced emotional colorings and utterly convincing intensity. "I'll Never Live Long Enough to Spend All My Money (South Beach Bitch)" bears this out, and the streaming guitar swirls sound like a perfect marriage of post-hardcore urgency and dream-pop drift. "If I Start Snoring (Just Make Out With Me)" sketches a resonantly fragile melody over an insistent rhythm throughout while still managing to sound portentous. "Tomahawk" finds Mustangs in more familiar territory, with burning sonic catharsis and some sway in the controlled aggression of its pacing. The ascending, circling dynamism of "Demon Stance" traces the boundaries of where this band could go without completely changing up its aesthetic. Caution: Bang! is a consistently fascinating portrait of musicians going boldly above and beyond genre.

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.
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.

Latest Stories