The Donkeys

Radio 1190 Presents

The Donkeys

The Guestlist, Forces At Work

Mon, July 21, 2014

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


Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

The Donkeys
The Donkeys
California places a distinct sonic stamp upon the music born with in its boundaries. Owens had his Bakersfield, Parsons his Joshua Tree, and Malkmus his Stockton, and in their tunes you can hear dust, desert highways, and skateboards gliding over suburbia. The Donkeys have San Diego, and from that environment have woven a fundamental ease in their music - a rock, a roll, a sway, a slide - you could even call it a breeze. On Ride the Black Wave, The Donkeys continue their easy rolling, classic vibrations, but add a mystery and tension that make this record their most lyrically and instrumentally compelling.

Ride the Black Wave embodies what Jack Kerouac described of California's coast as having an "end of the land sadness." The Donkeys stare out at the ocean in a "fantastic drowse" - a kind of pensiveness towards their environs that summons the elements of sound and style that belong only to them. In "Blues In The Afternoon", a collective mantra, the band runs out of land and asks of the ocean to offer suggestions about their fate. It is songs like these that prove the Donkeys are a band in the true sense of the word, sharing each other's worry and wonder. With RTBW, The Donkeys have further caged their craft and have accomplished the delicate and artful challenge of taming the captured, while also letting it be wild.

Recorded at San Diego's Singing Serpent and mixed by LA’s Thom Monahan, the Telecasters have a golden shimmer, the drums seem to echo with a regional reverberation. The notes coming off the Rhodes float on like beer-buzzed afternoons, but just when you get lost in the hypnotic swirl of "Sunny Daze" the churning guitars begin to circle like sharks, reminding us of the realities beneath all beautiful surfaces. Ten tracks deep, Adrianne Verhoeven of San Francisco's Extra Classic appears like the mythic Calafia herself, delivering a vocal that would bring Cortez to his knees.

So, it is with Ride the Black Wave that The Donkeys add their own stratum to California's ever expanding musical frontier, while maintaining their golden "shine" as well as interjecting a tension with the sun and beauty. The record hypnotizes as much as it awakens; it poetically puts us at ease while we sit in traffic, peck at our keyboards in cubicles, or conversely, it accompanies us as we ride along desert highways, or sway with our lovers. It is about home; it is about waves, and surrendering to their movements, trusting that they will take us to where we truly belong.
The Guestlist
The Guestlist
The Guestlist are bringing their mountain sounds across the nation. Hailing from Denver, CO this six-piece rock band has been making a name for themselves across airwaves and music venues. With their upcoming release of Racing, Chasing (September 1), the band prepares to travel coast-to-coast in support. Coming off a fresh tour to the East coast in June, the band had the pleasure of performing in Rochester, New York City, DC, and sharing the stage with The Nude Party & Post Animals in Boone, NC. Without missing a beat, the band prepares to follow the summer with headlining shows in Denver, supporting at The Fox Theater in Boulder, and an August tour that will see them return to Seattle and Portland. The band has had the pleasure of performing with Fantastic Negrito, Paper Bird, Black Pistol Fire, and The Suffers.

Racing, Chasing takes elements of rock, blues, jazz, and americana to formulate a powerful album with its lead single, “Lonely”. Produced by Mark Anderson (Paper Bird) at Mammoth Cave in Denver, the album has had positive responses from their peers and associates. With the support of a national radio and publicity campaign, The Guestlist expect to build on an already thriving following.

".. (The Guestlist) has the meditative feel of a Rocky Mountain sunset. Chalk it up to the slow tempos, the haunting rounds of slide guitar or the bluesy lyrical plaints — whatever the source, the record offers a strong sense of high altitudes, late-night campfires and small-town calm." - Westword Magazine
Forces At Work
Venue Information:
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209