Concert Reviews

Over the weekend: Endotrend Festival

Maybe it was the last minute switch of venues from the Auraria Campus to the 3 Kings Tavern and Oriental Theater, but it was pretty slim turn-out for Saturday night's section of the festival at 3 Kings. Although not many folks came out that night, there was still a lot of solid local talent, as well as a few national acts.

19 A.D.D. explored some technical instrumentals, delving into odd time signatures and samples. The trio excelled at the super heavy riffage as well as diving into some jazzy and ambient interludes. Yerkish also delivered a decent set of intricate and sometimes odd-metered tunes from its latest effort, Fear Conquers America, as well a few tunes from another album the band is working on. The monkey-centric visuals were equally as engaging as the tunes.

Washington D.C.-based Edie Sedgwick delivered something completely different with set of electro pop tunes about celebrities and pop culture. The duo, made up of a guy in drag and a hot brunette gal, sang along with songs that were synced to visuals pulled from films. Stills from the film Carrie showed on the screen while they sang about Sissy Spacek. They also sang about Robert Downey Jr., Rob Lowe, vampires and Natural Born Killers. It was interesting stuff and not quite the kind of stuff I'd expect from an act on Discord Records.

Led by former Warlock Pinchers' King Scratchie, Murder Ranks kicked out a set of gritty dancehall with a punk attitude. Scratchie was the entertaining frontman as usual, dropping somewhat bizzare lines about killing a girl and killing her again, while guitarist Mike Buckley, who also plays in Nightshark, former Ghost Buffalo bassist Ben Williams, and former [email protected] drummer Nate Weaver laid down the heavy hitting grooves.

Canton, Ohio's Most Beautiful Losers treaded on mid-period Social Distortion territory, walking the line between punk and country. Although Red Stinger's singer had been sick for the last few weeks he did a noble job of banging out some punk vocals. Fourth Yeer kicked out the jams as well.

While most of the bands delivered some solid sets, it was a bit strange that nobody got on stage between the acts to talk about what the Endotrend Festival was all about, especially since it was being billed as the country's first fully altruistic and sustainable music, art and film fest.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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