Music News

Undersea Explosion

Upon moving to Denver from Detroit in the '90s, Jim Paul joined the Christines. And when that atmospheric power-pop band moved to San Francisco — where, in true Denver fashion, it broke up shortly thereafter — Paul found himself drawn to New York City. He headed to Brooklyn, a place known for cultivating experimental music of all kinds, and formed Undersea Explosion, an outfit with gritty yet darkly ethereal songs that conjure a sense of déjà vu and exhilaration. A nightmarish halo hangs over the act's sound, which is driven by trebly bass lines that recall the nimble playing of Peter Hook and reverb-drenched guitars that channel the Wipers. Ultimately, Undersea Explosion, which is touring in support of its latest effort, This Is Undersea Explosion, comes off like a garage-punk band that's discovered how to let its music breathe.

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.