Profiles

Rob Burleson on SPELLS: "It's a laid back band. There's no egos and no pressure for anything"

SPELLS (due this Friday, December 20, at 3 Kings Tavern) got together when Chuck Coffey and Rob Burleson, two longtime veterans of the scene, realized they shared a mutual love of East Bay pop-punk and San Diego noise rock. When the pair decided to form a band, they enlisted Ben Roy as the outfit's charismatic, transgressive frontman and Don Bersell to play bass rather than his customary role as a drummer. The sound they arrived at is based on melodic punk infused with more than its fair share of rambunctious energy.

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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.