The Fresh & Onlys

The Fresh & Onlys

Flaural, American Culture, DJ PG-13

Sat, December 30, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

The Fresh & Onlys
The Fresh & Onlys
The Fresh & Onlys began in 2008 as a collaboration between front man Tim Cohen, guitarist Wymond Miles and bassist Shayde Sartin. A jangly, literate guitar pop band whose early records were key in pioneering San Francisco’s modern garage rock movement. Known for their rhythmic swagger, tender melodies, and devotion to song craft; their sound is equally aligned with pastoral psychedelia, brooding new wave, post-punk, western twang, psych-rock, Dunedin jangle and garage rock rave-ups. The band is notoriously prolific (both Cohen and Miles also have deep respective solo discographies) with records released on several prominent indie labels.

2008 saw the group releasing a slew of raw, home-recorded 7” singles and a debut self-titled album for Castle Face records, followed shortly by the sophomore album “Grey Eyed Girls” on Woodsist in 2009. The Fresh & Onlys then toured as the backing band for the soon to become legendary Rodriguez. The lineup began to shift as the band’s girl group backing singers Heidi Alexander and Grace Cooper (The Sandwitches) moved on, along with original drummer James Kim. Kyle Gibson entered the fold on drums and a relentless year of touring began, along with many 7” singles and the EP “August In My Mind” for Captured Tracks. They stepped into an outside studio for the first time (with Tim Green) to record what would become their touchstone album at the time “Play It Strange”, due in part to the success of the single “Waterfall”. The album was a culmination of the band’s early work, full of playful nods to generations of guitar arcana—Gun Club, 13th Floor Elevators, Mekons, Wipers, REM, Beat Happening, Only Ones, Deviants, Iggy Pop, Link Wray—to make what Pitchfork called a “non-stop hit parade”.

The tone of The Fresh & Onlys then took a sudden turn with the cavernous sound of 2011’s “Secret Walls” EP for Sacred Bones -full of Miles’ sprawling guitar solos and the haunted baritone croon of Cohen. With the arrival of 2012’s “Long Slow Dance” on Mexican Summer the band shed their lo-fi tag altogether to make a shimmering love-lorn anthem in the vein of The Go-Betweens “16 Lovers Lane”. Recorded to 16-track analog tape by Phil Manley and mixed by Mark Needham (Chris Isaak), “Long Slow Dance” became their most diverse and confidant sounding work, ripe with glistening 80’s college rock hooks heard strikingly on “Dream Girls” and the singles “Yes Or No” and “Presence Of Mind”.

Inner turmoil within the band then led to the volatile times around the recording of “House Of Spirits” in 2014. The long sessions also produced the sister EP “Soothsayer”. Again recorded by Phil Manley and released by Mexican Summer, “House Of Spirits” carries a more dreamlike distance than their previous albums, heard in the Cure-cum-Morricone single “Animal Of One” and “Bells Of Paonia” fuzz bliss. Bassist Sartin and drummer Gibson parted ways with the band soon afterward and the band toured the record with a new lineup. In 2015 Castle Face released “The Early Years Anthology” compilation which brought together a selection of unreleased material from the 2008-2009 era that stands on equal footing with the rest of the band’s early catalog.

“Wolf Lie Down” is the sixth full length album from The Fresh & Onlys and their debut for Sinderlyn Records. The album is full of anthemic garage rock burners and a haunted vividness now driven by the duo of Tim Cohen and Wymond Miles. Initial recordings began with Bay Area garage veterans Kelley Stoltz and Greg Ashley, then completed at guitarist/producer Miles’ studio in 2017. Perhaps ironically, “Wolf Lie Down” stands as the best introduction to this multi-faceted band’s vast canon of work.
Denver based quartet Flaural is an outfit with its eclectic roots of influence lodged as firmly in the fertile grounds of psychedelic pop as in the less-often associated soils of shoegaze, new wave, and contemporary experimental. Only seeming to look back as a means to gaze into the future, Flaural walks the tightrope that often separates originality and accessibility with uncanny ease.

Flaural is the unified sum of four equal parts. The hypnotic pulse of Nick Berlin’s kraut rock drum grooves crystalize as the backdrop atop which sprawls the band’s ethereal pop-songwriting pallet. Connor Birch’s expansive synths and keys, the unique virtuosity of Noah Pfaff’s guitar playing, and the resonant croon of Colin Johnson’s vocals over his driving bass lines all coalesce into the rare type of experimental music that warmly invite the uninitiated listener into the unknown.

Formed in 2015 the band has released two EPs. 2015’s ‘Thin King’ established the parameters for Flaural’s exploratory vision and 2016’s ‘Over Imaginary Cigarettes’ pushed further their already immense scope. Gold Flake Tapes described the latter as a “humdrum flood of sound, colour, and exquisite vision.”

The band’s rigorous tour schedule has taken it on six total tours totaling fourteen weeks and 75+ dates along the west coast and through the Midwest. The burgeoning act has shared the stage with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Thee Oh Sees, Built to Spill, Wand, Wild Nothing, Gardens & Villa, Quilt, Diane Coffee, Methyl Ethel, Mild High Club and others. Appearances at Boise’s Treefort Music Fest, Denver’s Underground Music Showcase, San Francisco’s Hickey Fest, Chicago’s Tomorrow Never Knows, and other high profile festivals have further grown the band’s national reputation.

It sometimes feels rare that a band founded on pushing boundaries is conscious of not alienating the listener. This is not the case for Flaural. Their music, in effect, feels like the spoils of a deep space exploration, brought back down to earth for all to observe. The band is currently writing and recording their debut LP rumored to be slated for release in 2018.
American Culture
American Culture
Music for introverts. Heartswelling bubblegum hooks & punk anthems to roll yr windows down to on the way to the mall/roller rink.
Self described, *Music for Introverts*. We call them *Introverted Punks*.

Anthemic and noisy. Pop racket. American Culture is the music that we all grew up with as American wasteland kids. Music that got into our blood during those fragile and formative years. The soundtracks to when we first tried drugs, cut class, had sex, became who we are. When ever that may have been.

They come from the desert near four corners (where Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico meet.) They really like Guided By Voices, Jesus and Mary Chain and Dinosaur Jr. And also powerpop bands like The Soft Boys, The Shoes and The Records. They don’t really want the world to know who they are personally. Just as a band. Just the music.

American Culture can be seen live in various warehouses and punk spaces through out the desert west.
Venue Information:
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209