Jeremy and Adam DeGraff, who perform under the name Slo Children, have certainly gone the extra mile to prepare for their Saturday, October 27, show at the D Note in Arvada. The pair of dark-humored acousticians recorded Born Ghost When Dead, an entire CD's worth of original songs designed specifically with Halloween in mind. As a bonus, they also include an abbreviated version of the appropriately dour folk/blues standard "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean."
Highlights include "My Ghostie," "Pumpkin Seeds" and "I Will Bewitch You," a witty and weird effort whose genesis Adam describes in accompanying liner notes. "Incidentally, we like witches," he writes toward the end of his account. "Brother Matthew and I, when we were very little, 6 or 7 years old, saw an actual witch on a broomstick crossing in front of a giant full moon on Halloween night. This is a shared memory. Since this trite oracular vision we've met many witches and get along with them famously. There is even a mural of the witch we saw as kids in the men's room of the D Note. Matthew commissioned me to paint it there with my fingers. So this song is for all of the lovely witches in our lives."
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Ghouls of all sorts should show up early at the D Note's Outerspace Halloween Ball on the 27th, since the Slo Children get started at 7:30 p.m. sharp, kicking off a show that also features Tempa and the Tantrums, So & So's, Chris Aaron and Wally Ingram. For details, visit the D Note's website or phone 303-463-6683. -- Michael Roberts