Formed in the Summer of 2010 in the small town of Longmont, Colorado, One Flew West has grown from a high school garage band into a full-scale rock machine storming up and down the front range. Now based in Denver, the four-piece has made a lasting mark on the local music scene and look to make that mark on the national scene in the near future. Uniquely combining rock and roll with various aspects of folk, pop and punk rock, there are few bands out there that sound like One Flew West making it difficult to fill in the cliché definition of, "They sound like so-and-so". The band has been recognized by numerous Colorado-based radio stations and publications as a soon-to-break-out artist. Known for their high-energy live shows and multi-dimensional songwriting, One Flew West has built up a dedicated fan base and is on their way to the national touring circuit. Their Selective Memory EP came out in October of 2015 and instantly made a splash throughout Colorado and into the Rocky Mountain region. In the spring of 2017, the band released two singles, "All In My Head" and "Ten Years Later" to glowing reviews leaving fans and the community eager for more. Late 2017 will see the release of the first single from the One Flew West’s next EP, ‘Trial And Error’ - slated for a full release in early this year.
Ultra5280: Tell us about the new EP. What makes it special for you?
OFW: "For me, Trial and error is an ep that represents somewhat of a metamorphosis for us as a band. I think that through these songs, we have really been able to find a sound that makes us unique, as well as the ability to translate our personalities into the music like never before. I wanted this ep to provide a youthful, whimsical, and honest outlook on life whether the subject matter is growing up, being in love, or being fucking pissed off at someone. As a writer I always tend to go towards the darker subject matter, so this Ep has been a brilliant opportunity for me to do something a little different and I couldn't be happier with the final product!" -Lead singer Linden Jackson.
Ultra5280: Over the past few years the bandmates have changed a few times. How does the band chemistry now compare with past?
OFW: Linden, David, and Jonah have been playing together since 2010, and were still together when One Flew West formed in 2014. Since then, five other people have played with OFW. Dawson is our newest addition, and he's been playing bass for us for about a year. He's a real sweetie pie. The other four guys are all still friends of ours, things just didn't work out with them in the band for various reasons. In this band, the chemistry has pretty much always been the same regardless of who is playing with us. We just like to have a good time, and we're happy to be around anyone who is playing music with us!
Ultra5280: What song are you most excited to debut this Thursday at the Bluebird?
OFW: Honestly, all of them. We got to release "Trial and Error" as a single beforehand, and were blown away by the amount of people listening to it on Spotify and everywhere else. We love all of the songs on this EP, and we can't wait to see how people respond to them when they finally get to hear them. We truly believe this EP is our best work yet, and are excited for everyone to hear it!
Ultra5280: Can you tell us a little more about the other songs on the EP aside from Trial and Error? What was the inspiration?
- "What Do I Know" explains all of our feelings about growing up, and the pressures society puts on people to figure their life out at an early age. This is especially hard when you're a musician or artist, because people expect you to "get a real job."
- "Best Worst Thing" can be interpreted a few different ways, but that song is mainly about doing something that makes you happy regardless of how other people perceive its value.
- "Staying In" is about not wanting to deal with the bullshit of going out and being social.
- "Out of Time" is a song about wanting the best for a relationship, and an ideal vision of what love can be. But at the same time, also the feelings of having an expiration date.
Will you be getting dinner at a sub-par establishment before the show like you do with Carl's Jr.?
Our heart belongs to the Carl's Jr. on the corner of 8th Avenue and 10th Street in Greeley, and only the Carls Jr. on the corner of 8th Avenue and 10th Street in Greeley. We would never betray it by visiting another sub-par fast food establishment. We're strictly monogamous when it comes to destroying our bodies.
(Seriously how could you not love these guys?)
$10 tickets are still available for their headlining show at The Bluebird tomorrow, January 25th! Link below!