Strange Americans / Gold Crayon / Around the Bend at PJ’s Lager House

Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am

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Wednesday, August 10 / 8pm / $6
Strange Americans (Rock and roll)
Gold Crayon (Indie rock)
Around the Bend

Strange Americans: It’s the kind of music that the Carhartt-wearing, hard-working, industrial beer-drinking, regular Americans would listen to — the ones who could end up on an episode of TV’s Dirty Jobs. It’s a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest. It’s blue collar rock and roll and it’s something that Denver’s Strange Americans are crafting with both brawn and finesse, like a hot rod mechanic bringing back an old barn find.

In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straight-forward, no frills rock and roll, and a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, but presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it.

Strange Americans first began in 2009 through a series of Craigslist ads and mutual acquaintances. The group, which released its much applauded debut full-length A Royal Battle in 2012, released its sophomore album That Kind of Luster in September of 2014 . The ten-song, 45-minute rocker which the group began working on in the summer of 2013, showcases a band that has dialed in an authentic, raucous live show and somehow convey that same energy in the studio as well.

Contributing author: Brian Johnson, Marquee Magazine

Gold Crayon: Detroit indie/rock band.

“A shimmering indie-pop with trippy vocal incantations and charging guitars, somewhere between the swagger of the Strokes and the strut of T. Rex. Scrappy as it is smooth and cerebral as it is soulful, Gold Crayon’s channels the cruder furies of rock into aurate art-pop.”

_jeff milo