Emerald Siam

Arising out of the ashes of beloved Denver noise rock band, Overcasters, the gents of Emerald Siam present their brand of big, loud, droning, danceable space and psych rock, catapulting audiences ears and souls forward, forward to the precipice of the abyss.

Emerald Siam began at the end of 2012 with the shared vision of guitarist/vocalist Kurt Ottaway and bassist Todd Spriggs. Over the last year, Emerald Siam has added bassist-turned-organist Dave Meyer, and guitarist Billy Armijo. The four-piece, all veterans of the Denver rock and roll trenches, meld both their shared and disparate influences into a swirling mass of jarring reverbed guitars, thumping bottom end, deep swirling organ tones, and a monster beat.

To date, Emerald Siam has been incredibly overjoyed to have shared the stage with the likes of The Warlocks, Crystal Stilts, Dead Meadow, Wovenhand, Weekend, Tjutjuna, The Fresh & Onlys and many others. The band is heading into the studio this summer/fall 2014 to record their debut single and album.

Hindershot was founded on a simple premise: music, however challenging, should always be a good time. Despite poetic lyrics, unusual chord changes, complex harmonies, and an eclectic list of influences (Beck, T. Rex, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, The Pixies), Hindershot boasts a repertoire of post-whatever jams you can dance to. With lyrical content ranging from the mundane and light-hearted (inhalers, insects, and oscillating fans) to the grandiose and grim (black holes, death, political unrest), songwriter Stuart Confer weaves a complex, mythologized autobiography through details and metaphor. The immediacy, earnestness and breathless energy of punk rock still grin through, missing teeth and all.

Flash / Cub

Denver’s electro-pop darlings Flashlights have been turning heads ever since their Binary Records debut “Hidden Behind Trees EP”, earned them a mention in NME’s Buzzworthy Artists, and was named one of Westword Magazine’s best releases of 2011. Known for their intoxicating light & fog show, Flashlights have shared the stage with the likes of New Order, Tycho, Toro Y Moi, Miami Horror, Cherub, Youth Lagoon, and Gardens & Villa, and have been cutting their teeth on the festival circuit with performances at SXSW, CMJ, UMS, SnowBall, Treefort, and Westword Music Showcase.

2012 marks the release of their sophomore EP “So Close To Midnight“ through Holy Underground (HUG Records) to rave reviews. SCTM is a brighter, more dance-oriented collection of songs, and boasts remixes by the likes of Brothertiger, Slow Magic, and Fabian. Download the EP for free via Bandcamp, and keep an eye out for a new single to be released late this October.

Colfax Speed Queen

""And now…
a message from you friends at 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!"

(Colfax Speed Queen is distilled in sunny Denver Colorado, 365 days a year. Patrons of all ages should enjoy Colfax Speed Queen responsibly. Copyright 2010, C.S.Q. Inc.)

The Royal is the brainchild of lead vocalist Tyler Hayden with percussionist Eric Marshall, guitarist Jack Schuler, bass guitarist Matt Clark and Nashville's Colby Rogers on piano and synth.

The Royal sound is loosely influenced by and/or a mix between Queen, Hall and Oates, The National , Muse, Roxy Music, The Smiths, ELO, The Boss (Bruce not Rick), Martin Grech, Long Pigs, Hudson Mohawke, Sparks, The Rapture, Cut Copy, Mr. Hudson, The Cars, The Presets, Prince and Denver bands.

Violent Summer

Violent Summer is an indie rock band from Denver, CO made up of former members of Le Divorce, The Don'ts & Be Carefuls, Ideal Fathers, Wombmates.

Colfax Speed Queen

""And now…
a message from you friends at 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!"

(Colfax Speed Queen is distilled in sunny Denver Colorado, 365 days a year. Patrons of all ages should enjoy Colfax Speed Queen responsibly. Copyright 2010, C.S.Q. Inc.)

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Known Pleasures: A Joy Division Tribute for the Benefit of Mike Marchant with Emerald Siam, Hindershot, Flash / Cub, Colfax Speed Queen, The Royal, Violent Summer, Colfax Speed Q...

Saturday, May 18 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Hi-Dive

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