Denver, CO, USA (Inactive)
A band that was influenced by the sounds of cities in the 90's. Louisville, Chicago and D.C. can be heard on various cuts. They were obsessed with releasing limited runs of vinyl and performing with respectable acts. All that remains are their sparse, distorted recordings.
Flagler, CO, USA (Active)
The Town of Flagler is a Statutory Town in western Kit Carson County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 567 at the 2020 United States Census. Flagler is near Exit 395 on I-70 and about 120 miles east of Denver and Colorado Springs. It is also where recently-turned-20-year-old Jaden William resides. Jaden has made music under the name Alien Neighborhood since their early teens and already has four albums in their catalog prior to the brand new, “Fear Is The Enemy!!! Ugly & Unlikable, Volume II”. Here’s the thing though… Jaden and their music are beautiful and very likable. Jaden was born to make music and Alien Neighborhood is starting to get some well-deserved attention. Jaden is 1 in 567 on the high plains, but they’re 1 in a million in every other way.
Canmore, AB, Canada (Active)
Seth Fandersons Unite!
Seth Anderson has spent his time on earth on a journey; in search of his truth, purpose, and an understanding of the world around him and his place in it. His songwriting offers an honest view of life from a unique perspective that has stemmed from years of travelling, moving from town to town, city to city, highway to highway; the high peaks, the low valleys, and all the spaces in between. Through all of this, there maintains one common thread- a bellow for love and hope. Few artists have such an intense emotional connection to their craft and this is where he shines. His delivery is genuine, yet at times ferocious with both conviction and vulnerability, comparative to artists such as John Moreland, Chuck Ragan, and Frank Turner. Seth’s musical intensity crawls up your backbone making the hairs stand on your neck while adding goose bumps on your skin. His evolution began in a small town punk scene where he grew up in Hartland, New Brunswick. It was then followed by years of a blue-collar approach to his career, putting in thousands of miles while taking his music to audiences all over the world. His highly lauded February, 2020 release, “We Could Be.”, is another impressive step forward for Seth in his exploration of songwriting, musical styles and sounds.
Sudbury, ON, Canada (Active)
Emerging from the depths of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, The Ape-ettes came to be, like a tiny musical gem unearthed from a mining town, nestled within a massive crater. This garage-pop trio is comprised of long-time friends, Andrée on bass, Melanie on drums and Julie on guitar and vocals. Formed in the cozy confines of Andrée’s basement, these girls have the gift of pumping out infectious tunes with their spirited less-is-more approach. Their live performances inspire a contagious sense of fun and neighborliness, the kind where when you look around, everyone is smiling and dancing. Their first self-titled album came out in 2017 and charted for a long while on Canadian college radio. Now releasing a four song EP for the first time on vinyl, with Reta Records and Snappy Little Numbers, the Ape-ettes are beyond excited for what is to come!
Ft. Collins, CO, USA (Occasionally Active)
How do you describe a band that should be a household name? Armchair Martian formed in 1993 in Ft. Collins, CO. In 1995, the band self-released a demo cassette. Shortly after, they would sign with then-powerhouse Cargo Music/Headhunter Records and tour regularly (including stints with Lagwagon). After Cargo ceased label activities, Armchair Martian moved to Joey Cape's My Records (remember the Lagwagon reference earlier?) after the turn of the century. Around this time, Armchair leader Jon Snodgrass would form Drag The River, a soon-to-be torchbearer for alt-country and Americana, along with Armchair drummer Paul Rucker and ALL singer Chad Price. As the 00's turned to the 10's, Jon would establish himself as a standout solo acoustic artist. Armchair and Drag shows occurred occasionally but rarely. The entire Armchair Martian discography went out of print. Most of it still remains unavailable digitally. Then in 2019, Snappy Little Numbers Quality Audio Recordings reissued the Armchair Martian "Demo" on cassette/digital and AM played the Blasting Room 25th Anniversary show. The Armchair demo was one of the earliest recordings done at the Blasting Room. Jon is still goin' solo when there's not a pandemic. Now you're all caught up.
Denver, CO, USA (Inactive)
Back in 2008, Tommy Ventura had a plan. He’d started wood-shedding several song ideas in the late 90’s, his post-college years in Urbana, IL, while playing in a band called Jagtown with drummer Mike Ricketts (of Planes Mistaken for Stars). That outfit, though, wasn’t exactly the right home for these particular songs, and life continued. Skipping ahead to 2001, Tommy relocated to Denver, CO and within a couple of years he’d joined the local music scene as the bassist for Ghost Buffalo, reuniting with Mike along with guitarist Matt Bellinger, both of whom having migrated with Planes from Illinois to Colorado, to conquer the West and the world beyond. After a demo, a debut album, and a couple of short tours with Ghost Buffalo, Tommy felt the pull to devote energy to his own material. The body of songs he’d been sitting on had grown, and he wanted to figure out exactly what they were meant for and what he was meant to do (in life, that is). It was Spring 2008: he would either try to make a new life outside of Colorado or stay put to nurture the roots he’d begun to plant. The excellent friendships he’d made over the years would prove pivotal to this story. If he was going to leave town, he’d have to leave something behind. A plan had formed: finish arranging the songs with an ensemble of his favorite musicians, play a show or two, and make a record. The project was meant to start and end over the course of that summer. Tommy’s stint in Ghost Buffalo and his relationship with Planes connected him to a vibrant community of Denver artists and musicians. He was rich in talented friends and the lineup of 8 members came together quickly: the Army Of Summer was formed. Once in place, the band brought the songs to life, achieved its modest goals, and came to a close in 2009 – later than expected – as members moved on to other projects and adventures. The recordings made the rounds on burned CDs among friends, and was a very fond memory, both for those involved and for those who followed the group from inception to retirement. Life, once again, continued and Tommy wisely chose to stay in Denver, where he still writes songs and plays in bands. So here we are in 2021. SLN head honcho and one-show, fill-in drummer for The Army Of Summer, Chuck Coffey, was chatting with Tommy and wondered aloud about the whereabouts of the original recordings that he himself had on an aforementioned burned CD. The original engineer, Trevor McMorris (multi-instrumentalist in TAOS – are you sensing a theme here?) still had the files. It was Chuck’s opinion that the recordings needed a proper release and Tommy agreed. They selected four tracks to brush up with some light remixing and mastering. The result is a stunning display of pseudo-progressive indie rock that leans heavily on Americana while incorporating the brighter elements of baroque pop. What does all that really mean? It means the music is timeless. With the song germs dating back 22+ years, yielding a final product that still sounds as fresh and relevant as it did in 2008, timeless isn’t even remotely hyperbolic. Now any interested party can finally hear the music that was a lifetime in the making. It’s going to sound just as good 22+ years from now, as well.
Vancouver, BC, Canada (Active)
The original idea that guitarist Jiffy Marx and bassist C.C.Voltage had for this project was more about starting a band that would tour to sunny destinations than starting a new wave band, but it was their mutual admiration for punk and power pop that brought the two together. Along with drummer The Silo, the three had been connected through the Vancouver music scene, sharing stages, friends and even band members in seminal acts such as Jerk With a Bomb, The Spitfires, Blood Meridian, Lightning Dust, Hard Drugs, Black Halos, Black Rice and Black Mountain.
Denver, CO, USA (Active)
Hailing from southern California, Becky Hostetler created bellhoss in 2017 after relocating to Denver, Colorado. She began as a solo artist and eventually grew to collaborate with other people, bands, producers, and more. bellhoss is an indie sadcore space folk project that sits in a purgatory between folk and DIY punk, writing songs for herself and for people who keep secrets. Becky also specializes in puppy birthday parties (alongside run-of-the-mill sad dog birthday clowns) and government acronyms, FYI.
Denver, CO, USA/Los Angeles, CA, USA/Lima, Peru (Active)
Riko Suave (drums) met Pinche Mono (bass, vocals) in their native Peru in 1996 and they immediately began playing music together. Papi Chulo (guitar), Riko’s brother, was always hanging around and the two brothers eventually played in a different band together. Several years and bands went by, but all three of them never played in the same band at the same time. Finally, in 2017, they decided it was time to form a band together. They wanted to keep it simple and go back to the 3 chord-mostly downstroke-1/8 note punk rock they first fell in love with and formed Bricheros. Splitting their time between Peru, Colorado and California, the power trio issued their debut album, “Making Our Way To The USA”, in 2018. The band’s latest release, “Live At Hensley”, is a snapshot of the band in peak performance during a 2019 show at the legendary Bar Hensley in Lima, Peru. Mixed and mastered in 2020 for a 2021 release, “Live At Hensley” not only shows a great band in full control of their powers, it also showcases a band that is still ascending. Whatever they decide to do next, rest assured that it’s gonna be rad.
Denver, CO, USA (Active)
Bud Bronson is the raging hellfire of a Friday night. Bud Bronson drives an '88 Ford Bronco and never gets his oil changed. Bud Bronson lives in his parents basement, but his parents are out of town for the weekend. Bud Bronson's palm is a coozie. Bud Bronson has postponed all hangovers until after death. Bud Bronson does not care for Chuck Norris jokes. Bud Bronson is old enough to know better, but too young to care. Bud Bronson is the sum of man's most carnal, indulgent, primal desires, and he will not apologize for having a good time.
Colorado Springs, CO, USA (Active)
Cheap Perfume is a feminist punk rock band that formed in 2015 in Colorado. They’re fun. They’re angry. They’re dirty, foul-mouthed and unapologetic. Through lyrics written by singers “Jane No” and Stephanie Byrne, Cheap Perfume explore topics of equality, sex, relationships, violence and politics. Stephanie’s shout-singing and aggressive stage presence drive live performances that excite and empower audiences. While playing her loud, fuzzy electric guitar, Jane sings catchy melodies that complement Stephanie’s sass talk. David “Hot Dave” Grimm’s heavy drumming and Geoff Brent’s powerful bass lines deliver straight-up punk rock that’s influenced by riot grrrl, pop and metal.
Chicago, IL, USA (Active)
Greetings, bridezillas! Davey Hart created the Christmas Bride many years ago to satiate his desire for power pop, new wave, and 70's British punk! Whether or not these vapid genre exercises were successful is for the listener to decide! Now is the time to experience a faster, louder Christmas Bride. Steeped in long forgotten Punk-O-Rama comps and an entry-level preoccupation with classic youth crew hardcore, "Dark Romance of a Midnight Wanderer" is the latest full-length by Mr. Hart as the Christmas Bride- Chicago, IL's premiere one-man band. Singing unexpectedly intelligent songs about food and spiritual stuff like getting over shyness, the Christmas Bride will nestle its way into the hearts of even the most jaded show-goers! Written and recorded over a span of about three years, "Dark Romance..." documents the many ups and downs of Davey exploring his songwriting as a solo artist without a dedicated band. Eventually the album became a collaboration with friends Pasha Pear (The Crustations), Phil Sudderberg (Spirits Having Fun), and Angel Marcloid (Fire-Toolz, Nonlocal Forecast) rotating to fill the drum throne and bring their own energy to Davey’s songs. Additionally, Bret Koontz (Cool Memories, Truancy Club) sang back-up vocals 'cause he's a great singer and there shouldn’t be too many Daveys harmonizing with themselves. All of these contributions created a more mature, complex Christmas Bride record than classic bridezillas are familiar with. A Bride stripped of crude artifice. A Bride of both shadow and light. A Bride who croons about shredded wheat as if it were a tender-hearted yet darkly erotic lover. A Bride who wanders the unseen hills of mind, seeking the next clever wonder. A Bride who isn't afraid to traverse the land of dreams and make-believe. A true Christmas Bride.
Denver, CO, USA (Active)
The "Punk Rock Jingle Machine"!
But for reals, his name is Chuck. Well, technically, it's Charles. No one calls him that. He's a Denver, CO-based musician, songwriter, performer, producer, recording engineer, music mogul and tastemaker. At least some of those things are true. Besides this little solo thing, he also plays in SPELLS and Bad Year (plus a couple other projects at any given time). He also writes songs for things like TV shows, podcasts, (cool) companies and anything else that needs a tune. Oh, and he runs this here "label".
Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland (Active)
They are a band. They make melodic music that makes them happy. They sound like Sergie Loobkoff having a knife fight with Matt Pryor and Mike Carter in the 90's! The air was still and days quiet in the Spring of 2015. Out of a mutual need of outing some tunes, they began laying down what eventually became a band with songs.
Baltimore County, MD, USA (Active)
Joe Rankin and Dinged Up have been churning out earworms all across Maryland and the East Coast since 2013. Joe had put Dinged Up on hold for a bit a couple years back, but reformed the group in 2019 with a solid lineup. The current crew includes players that have done time or still do time in such heavy hitters such as The Jons, Deep Sleep and Night Birds. That's just a few examples of the serious pedigrees that comprise Dinged Up! (Deek Chooglin)