Bluebird TheatreThe EpiloguesMr RightMonroe MonroeInput My Body Sings Electric
We caught Mr Right at 8:00 as the room was starting to fill up. We are lucky enough to have seen Mr Right on multiple occasions in the past, and the progress they have made was definitely evident on Wednesday evening. Front man Drew Torres' humor breaks the ice between songs and his crisp, clear vocals shape the band's sound. His multi-tasking skills add a wow factor as he tackles covering the keys, vocals, and bass for the band. His bandmates, brothers Adam and Jarrod Barraza play drums and guitar, respectively, as well as supporting vocals. The band's original songs sound clean and cohesive, a clear indicator of the fact that they've been playing together for a very long time. We will definitely be keeping an eye on these guys as they continue to grow a following here in Denver. We'll keep you posted!
Next up was Monroe Monroe. The term indie is often thrown around in the music scene these days, and Monroe Monroe may indeed be indie, but they are also rock and roll. With strong riffs (guitar and vocals Tavis Alley), intense bass lines (Lauren Gale). precise drumming (drums and loops Matthew Morse), and the vocals of Bella Abbatecola, Monroe Monroe gives us a sound reminiscent of a cross between the Kings of Leon (a little more rock) and The Foo Fighters (a little less rock).
Input took the stage after Monroe Monroe, hyping us up for an awesome hip hop show. His DJ and beats engineer warmed up the crowd with a dub-step intro, and then laid down some impressive tracks for Input to rap over. Input's stage presence is definitely there; his passion and drive is evident in his performance and he knows how to work a crowd. It seems, however that he may still be searching for individuality in his sound. His tracks mirror the indie hip hop scene in some places, but the mainstream rap scene in others. I'd love to see Input polish his sound a little bit more, bringing something unique we haven't seen before to the table. In the meantime, I have much respect for his rhymes and the meaning behind them.
Continuing with the indie rock theme, next up was My Body Sings Electric. This was our first time seeing this band and right away we got the impression that they aim for perfection every time they step onstage. Backed by an impressive stage of strobes and visuals with the band's name on them (they make sure you know who they are) they commanded the stage with a confident presence. Even when technical difficulties halted the show in the middle of the set, they improvised, asking the crowd for "corny jokes". Castro was really hoping Bryn would volunteer her Lady Gaga joke, but she totally chickened out. Once MBSE was back on track, it was all business with hit after hit including a cover of MGMT's "Electric Feel," and their own "Step into the Light" which the crowd seemed to know word for word. Make sure you pick up their latest release, "Changing Color."
Keep an eye on The Epilogues and catch them while they are still playing small, intimate venues in their hometown; these guys are climbing fast and this is the time to catch them at their best!