When Straight White Teeth performed at Open Media Foundation's monthly Open Music Session in June 2015, the locals pulled out their most-loved pieces including "Hot Blood Shaking in a Cage," "Hurricane" and more. While indie guru Patrick McGuire was the frontman for the Denver band Flashbulb Fires for the past five years, he began his own venture with his partner Ella Trujillo on drums, and they call it Straight White Teeth.
The duo has always called Denver home, yet they are relocating to the East Coast this fall and touring in support of their new EP. Open Media Foundation was lucky enough to grab the band before their move. Below is the first song, "Hot Blood Shaking in a Cage," which showcases McGuire's pipes and stunning lyrics: If there is any good in you/ Won't you show me now? The song resonates with an intelligent, powerful voice.
The second song is featured below: another show-stopper called "Hurricane." "It's not hurricane like a storm that's dangerous," McGuire explains, "It's hurricane like the alcoholic drink." The sound is meticulous, yet combined with the lyrics, the song has an emotionally broken-down quality.
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About Open Music Sessions: Every month, Westword joins Open Media Foundation and Greater Than Collective to bring you Open Music Sessions: A video series aimed at introducing people to bands and providing context for their music. Every First Friday, we bring a band to the Open Media Foundation studio on 7th and Kalamath and record a live performance. In addition to broadcasting the show live on the Denver Open Media TV stations (Comcast channels 56, 57 and 219), we edit the clips for certain songs, which you can find on Westword's website. You'll also find additional information about the band and the recordings of individual instruments on select songs, which you are welcome to download in order to create remixes or simply to learn more about the way the music is constructed.