Anxious Little Friends Fest Day 2
Off With Their Heads, The Bollweevils, SPELLS, Friends of Cesar Romero, Lawsuit Models, Great American House Fire, Bad Year
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Off With Their Heads
Est. in 2003
Led by the sneering vocals of lead singer Daryl, The Bollweevils are direct inheritors of a Chicago hardcore tradition handed down from acts such as Naked Raygun and The Effigies.
Undisputed as one the finest Chicago punk outfits during the 1990s, The Bollweevils were, and still are, defined by their spirited live performances and a song catalogue that demonstrates both their roots and creative ability as a band.
Known for their connection with fans, The Bollweevils began their recording career on Underdog Records, but soon were noticed by Dr. Strange Records. And shortly thereafter, the band released the punk staple “Stick Your Neck Out,” which featured favorites such as, “Dehumanize,” “Bottomless Pit,” and “John Doe.” The album defined The Bollweevils sound, which is laced with high-paced drumming, aggressive guitar and bass workings, and witty and sometimes tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Because of this, The Bollweevils soon garnered one of the largest local audiences and became one of the preeminent bands during the 1990s Midwest punk scene.
During this time, the band began playing more shows throughout the United States and shared the stage with bands that were both influences and contemporaries, including Naked Raygun, Rancid, AFI, Pegboy, Down By Law and Youth Brigade—many of which who later appeared on the band’s album liner notes.
The Bollweevils' second album, The History of the Bollweevils, Part One, collects previously released material from EPs and compilations. 1995's new studio effort Heavyweight boasted a more mature approach, with increasingly complex arrangements and backing vocals. The album concludes not only with a cover of the Bad Brains' "Pay to Cum," but also a 10-minute-plus, audio tour-diary entry.
And although the band went through several lineup changes, The Bollweevils never lost focus on creating an everlasting effect on the Chicago punk scene. Perhaps, one of the best representations of this is their release “Weevil Live.” To see The Bollweevils live is not only an experience, but an assault on the senses and the album surely captures that spirit. The band gels on stage like very few bands can—with Daryl flying around stage and jumping on the audience, Ken and Bob shredding guitars and the fans just eating it all up.
However, like all good things, things had to come to an end and the band officially disbanded in 1996 when they announced, on the legendary Fireside Bowl stage, that they would be playing their last show. To put it simply, fans were not only stunned, but very disappointed as well. At that time, it appeared that The Bollweevils were destined only to become folklore to a new generation of punks.
But in 2003, The Bollweevils reunited for a one-off sold-out show for WLUW at The Metro with a new drummer, Pete. The show, at that time, was considered as the best Bollweevils’ performance to date and whole new generation of Chicago kids were now even more intrigued by the band.
So when the band officially reunited once again in 2006 which included Naked Raygun, The Blue Meanies and 7Seconds, there was a resounding “Hell Yes” by the punk community because unlike many bands who have come and gone, The Bollweevils’ music is as relevant today as it was when it was first written. In the upcoming months the band plans new releases, more shows and a dedication to its fans that will be rivaled by none.
~ Partly written by Erik Hage, All Music Guide
SPELLS is a five-piece rock juggernaut from Denver, CO. They are vacation rock to be exact. They produce short
blasts of intense melody and driving rhythms that are custom made to entertain the band members athemselves and
serve as an excuse to go play shows in cities that have beaches nearby. If your city’s best offers include said beach
and a good breakfast joint, count them in. If the best your city can do is a punk house that smells like cat shit and a
Subway restaurant inside a gas station, they will pass.
SPELLS is signed to Snappy Little Numbers Quality Audio Recordings, which is now on the cusp of being a
household name the world over. Focused on excellence in music and packaging, SLN is dedicated to the fine art of
the analog format, especially vinyl (but maybe a cassette on occasion). Take Time/Slice Away”, their debut 7”, was a
runaway hit. “Double Cassingle” is the band’s follow up effort and contains four sure-fire hits that are guaranteed* to
distract you from the worst 10 minutes of your day and probably turn them into the best 10 minutes of your day.
*The band makes no guarantees but thinks this scenario is realistic considering their immense artistic vision and talent
Friends of Cesar Romero
Tape hiss aficionados.
Lawsuit Models is a 4-piece pop punk band from Denver, CO. Formed in 2010, Lawsuit Models have been described as, “a little Lawrence Arms, a little Wonder Years, a little Off With Their Heads.” Whatever you think they sound like, you can always expect to see a good show and have their catchy melodies stuck in your head.
Great American House Fire
A female fronted Indie rock / Post-punk / emotive rock band from Denver Colorado. Formerly known as The Good Gracious
Your friendly neighborhood pop punk band.
Featuring members of SPELLS, Only Thunder, The Pin Downs, My Pal Trigger and Down By Law