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A combination EP and video, Quality! is something you wouldn't play in your car unless you had a DVD player. "Jovian," the first video, starts off like a late-'90s party-band video, but as the song goes on, it's clear that it's about the ways in which we ritualize and rationalize fitting in with the expectations of others, be it at work or while socializing. "Nvurlture" shows the band in some kind of cage while angry lyrics are thrown about, encircling rhythms with images of fire as a symbol of a rebellious spirit. The title track is clearly a stab at the empty gestures of cartoonish patriotism rampant in America of late and the way it erodes our country from within. Intelligent and thoughtful, Yerkish offers food for thought and not pathetic slogans.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

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Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.