The dissociated complexes of the preconscious can be made to dance together into a single braid, some unity whose potential outdistances its fragments. Defined and in defiance of this reordering, chaos threatens to pull the braid apart and start again, looking not for measurable progress but simply newness. These twin forces of unification and chaos are at war and in harmony – the individual is a part and apart of the whole, pulled by what makes him unique and what makes them together. The process of integration into the true self is a bridge between the past and the future, held over the expanse of right now. Rubedo is three selves as a tempest – they spin away from one another and create a system oscillating between disorder and unity, building structure just as it sounds like they’re threatening to separate. On their first recorded whole, Massa Confusa, each member takes turns building or tearing down through his tools. Within a single song, Alex Trujillo’s guitar will move between gentleness, taut restraint, and an inevitable cathartic explosion. Greg Ziemba’s nuanced drumming holds structures together in one hand and expresses itself furtively with the other. And somewhere between or in front of these two energies is Kyle Gray, setting song machines in motion on a synth’s edge, or with the melodic gathering of notes on well-traveled nylon strings. But it’s his haunting voice and evocative lyrics that are most immediately magnetic and forceful, individuated from the instruments and also urging them forward.
Easily the sexiest thing to come out Denver since Don Cheadle, Achille Lauro has spent the past 5 years building a dedicated and bloodthirsty fan base across the front range. They are the soundtrack to the devils stolen sex tape, a livid and confessional mix of Post-Rock guitar swagger and soulful dance music, punctuated by too many influences to mention, something akin to MIA fronting a garage band Radiohead attempting to recreate the soundtrack to the film Amelie. They are the perfect band to play at a dance party inside of a collapsing building, something both indulgent and necessary.
Described as "a [sound] that will most likely define a new breed of dance music for Denver", ManCub is producer/multi-instrumentalist Alex Anderson. Joined live by a rotating cast of Denver musicians, ManCub is known for their wildly entertaining live shows which feature a strictly analog setup of Casiotone keyboards, drum machines, and effects pedals used to tastefully blend elements of noise with electro-pop songwriting. ManCub has recently supported live acts such as Mickey Avalon, Bag Raiders, and Walter Meego and will be hitting the road this fall for their first tour. Keep an eye out for the new EP "Business Dogs" out May 25th on HUG Records!
COLFAX SPEED QUEEN
1. Rock: Pumping, Churning, flailing about the ceiling, stage, or bar top.
2. Roll: Wringing sweat from the brow, pelvic gyrating, and the capacity to 'strut'.
3. Mix equal parts Rock and Roll, stir, shimmy and shake!...
Then, pour generously for your friends, and Boom! Pow!! Everybody's enjoying Colfax Speed Queen all night long!"