Big Dopes Album Release
Spirettes, Whiskey Autumn
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Big Dopes hearkens back to the loose, lighthearted feel of 90s alternative and indie, like Pavement and Built to Spill, with evocative lyrics inspired by 70s songwriters like Paul Simon and Lou Reed. Lead songwriter Eddie Schmid (also of Denver dream-pop band Oxeye Daisy) uses a warm, conversational vocal style to sing through everyday neuroses about long-distance relationships, being a good houseguest, and wasting money on shitty headphones. Veteran drummer Ricky Brewer (Card Catalog) lends a steady groove and harmonies, and Justin Catanzaro’s bass often takes the lead, playing energetic, melodic lines.
Spirettes (Kate Perdoni [guitar/vocals], Kellie Palmblad [guitar/vocals], Emily Gould [drums/vocals], Lisa Show [cello/vocals] and Desi Garcia [bass/vocals]) formed and evolved in Colorado Springs, starting as a two-piece in November 2016 and adding drums in Spring 2017. The ethereal guitar-driven rock, supported by pop structures and sprinkled with myriad ghostly female vocals, launched a unique sound, style, and expressive collaboration for five songwriters and friends. Spirettes head to the studio as a five-piece at the end of 2018!
Perdoni and Palmblad joined forces in 2015 through a mutual friend, embarking on musical collaborations in several pre-established projects. The two found immediate synergy, blending their musical tastes, writing styles, and aesthetics with reverb-heavy, atmospheric, layered soundscapes and vocals. Perdoni’s work in a previous project, Eros and the Eschaton (Bar/None Records), was richly accentuated by Palmblad’s vocal composition style from former experimental bands including Eyes Caught Fire. Perdoni and Palmblad, seeking to solidify their team, brought on drummer and vocalist Emily Gould. Armed with Gould’s keen sophistication and versatility -- informed by 18 years of playing in a variety of projects -- the group’s sound elevated to a hard-hitting power trio. Their combined creativity and emotive writing quickly cemented a foundation for the band’s forceful, raw, and lush expression of the female experience.
The band produced a lo-fi recording of their original set in April 2017, dubbed “The Horse Barn Recordings” for its setting in a reconstructed horse barn built in the early 1900’s. From this stark, haunted initial sound, the band landed a spot in Denver’s Underground Music Showcase, then began booking throughout Colorado. Playing art houses, DIY space, and rock clubs, the project gained ground, then received the support of engineer Andrew Jones, who recorded their self-titled EP in August 2017.
The recording process solidified the band’s blended vocal arrangements, layered guitars, and stirring waves of sonorous frequencies. David Lynch-infused dark atmospheres mixed with feminine harmonies and playful power-rock moments on the recording, leading to band’s actualization of a dreamy and ghostly soundscape -- and a new name, Spirettes. The convergence of vocal harmonies, alluding to classic-girl-groups like The Shangri-Las, thickened in overdrive-drenched reverb, ghost-harmonics, and driving drum lines, resulted in something otherworldly, and rooted in an older rock heritage. The name Spirettes, like the band’s sound, nods to an early female rock and roll legacy, utilizing an old-french female diminutive.
In fall 2017, the band performed an acoustic version of the EP at the Colorado Springs Gallery Of Contemporary Art (GOCA) featuring local classical performers on violin and cello. Spirettes have since summoned a version of the EP’s live rock set to include Lisa Show on cello, blending legato bass movements with wall-of-sound guitars.
Spirettes’ influencing sounds range from Warpaint in vocal creativity, to early Broken Social Scene’s guitar layering, paying tribute to hints of darker 80’s and 90’s new-wave as in New Order or The Cure. Classic guitar riffs and songwriting borrow from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and dynamic spaces between heavy and soft lend tribute to Yo La Tengo.
Whiskey Autumn is an indie pop rock band from Boulder, CO. Their new EP 'Ice Cream In The Sun' dropped on April 14, 2017 and showcases Whiskey Autumn expanding upon the ‘60s pop stylings of their previous work with synths, hip-hop beats, and electronic elements in what is their most confident release yet.
Founded by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Laut, Whiskey Autumn began as a bedroom folk project before recruiting bassist Jason Paton and drummer Matty Schelling into the fold. The revamped lineup delved into influences ranging from 1960s pop and soul to 1990s R&B and rock. The band’s recent material is currently featured on college radio stations throughout the country and has received critical acclaim from publications such as Colorado Public Radio, Denver Post's The Know, Marquee Magazine, Bolderbeat, The Prelude Press, and Yellowscene Magazine.
Whiskey Autumn is diving headfirst into 2017 with extensive tour dates planned throughout the US.