Grayson County Burn Ban Album Release

Golden Blue Presents

Grayson County Burn Ban Album Release

Last of the Easy Riders, The Milk Blossoms

Fri, January 12, 2018

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


Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Grayson County Burn Ban
Grayson County Burn Ban
"A minimalist punk-rock approach to alt-country...with some introspective lyricism that rises above their rough exterior..."
Last of the Easy Riders
Last of the Easy Riders
From high in the Rocky Mountains, Last of the Easy riders descend with Unto the Earth, its new psych-infused country-rock long-player.

Like the Denver-based band's debut, a 2016 self-titled EP, the new full-length will be issued in January 2018 by Agitated Records on vinyl, CD and digital.

While the Easy Riders' first outing exhibited the band's kaleidoscope of trippy guitar sounds and production techniques, Unto the Earth unveils the band's earnest songwriting chops and knack for genuine Bakersfield-Sound country. Though, the guys certainly didn't abandon its lysergic-leanings, especially on the mind-warping title track - which also serves as the lead single.

With no shortage of jangly guitars, piano and pedal steel, the LP no doubt echoes Clarence White-era Byrds, but it doesn't stray far from the band's Southwestern-rock 'n' roll roots. The early-'70s AM rock sounds of Free Wheelin',' the opening track, reverberates the band's nomadic lyrical tendencies, while promptly setting up the sonic road trip Unto the Earth delivers. Turn the Tide,' which closes Side A, melds brilliantly modest Tom Petty-esque guitar riffing with the Easy Riders' signature vocal harmonies - which soar across both sides of the wax.

Being the first full-length for the band, the members - whom all share songwriting credits - were able to stretch out and laydown some lengthy and tastefully-stacked arrangements. From the fiery doors-esque jamming on Woodland Echoes' to the ominous western guitar lines of Shadow Cruiser,' numerous moods freely wander across the nine-song track list.

Almost all the lyrics are intended to paint vivid picture, and give listeners a sense of place,' says the band's co-founder Christopher Minarik (guitar/backing vocals). Certain songs and lyrics really lay it on the line and say exactly how the songwriter felt, or what they were going through. It's the most personal and honest songwriting I've ever done.'

Rounding out the lineup heard on the LP is bassist/vocalist Dan Duggan, guitarist Bradley Grear and drummer Mitch Mitchum. Unto the Earth was recorded in March 2017 in Lansing, Michigan by producer/songwriter George Szegedy - who also offered up his own song for the disc, the twangy-and-wistful It Won't Be Long' After five months of mixing and fine-tuning, the Last of the Easy Riders were ready to deliver the record.

In support of the album, the band's 2018 live shows will feature new bassist Gann Matthews and Hamilton Belk, who played pedal steel on the album.
The Milk Blossoms
The Milk Blossoms
The Milk Blossoms believe in the subversive power of fragility within music, within art, within life, and within each other. Combining ukulele, expressive beat-boxing and piano, the trio blends to create dark pop music. The Milk Blossoms have been featured on Colorado Public Radio Open Air, Radio 1190’s Local Shakedown, and was named “Best Experimental” band for the 2016 Westword Music Awards. This year, they are nominated for a Westword Music Award in the “Indie Pop” category.

“This trio defies easy categorization because its two singers, Michelle Rocqet and Harmony Rose, bring such strong voices and songwriting that are so different yet complementary. Rocqet is not just a human beatbox in the vein of Tez of CocoRosie, but also a powerful soul singer. Rose's more ethereal style brims with a raw emotional resonance. It's pop, it's soul music, and it's experimental at its core — but un-selfconsciously so.” Tom Murphy of Westword’s “The Ten Great Female-Fronted bands of Denver You Need to Know”.

They have been lucky to share the stage with acts including Cocorosie, Advance Base (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), Jessica Lea Mayfield, Julia Nunes and Daniel Ho.
Venue Information:
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209