One of my very favorite up and coming bands from the Colorado scene is Tin Horn Prayer. You can read my review of their debut album, Get Busy Dying, here.
Well, the band is in the studio working on their followup and a 4 song sampler happened to find it’s way into my inbox last week. While the album has no release date or title as of yet I can say there is reason to be excited. The 4 tracks I heard suggests that this “local supergroup” is becoming a cohesive, tight band and getting even better for it.
But don’t take my word for it. The band was kind enough to let me share a song with y’all so listen for yourselves:
Tin Horn Prayer – Call A Priest
If you live out on the
lessERRR…West Coast, you might be in luck as the band is headed your way in support of Get Busy Dying but I’d bet they’ll be playing the new songs as well. If they hit your town, go out, see the show & tell them ninebullets sent you. Here are the dates:
Feb 24th- Albuquerque, NM- Low Spirits Live
Feb 25th- Scottsdale, AZ- Rogue Bar
Feb 26th- San Diego, CA- The Ruby Room
Feb 27th- Las Vegas, NV- Bunkhouse Saloon
March 1st- Redding, CA- Bombay’s
March 2nd- Portland, OR- Laurel Thirst (Michael Dean Dameron release show!
March 3rd- Seattle, WA- The Funhouse
March 4th- Hood River, WA- Trillium Cafe
March 5th- Salt Lake City, UT- Shred Shed
Autopsy IV is on his annual pilgrimage to strap a board to the bottom of his feet and slide down mountains. While he is away 9B will feature a collection of guest posts. Today’s post finds our good buddy Shawn Kellogg returning to continue rubbing in the fact that I don’t live in Denver.
Even though both Tin Horn Prayer and Arliss Nancy’s new discs have been reviewed here and here on ninebullets.net by Autopsy4, I was geared up to write this because of the upcoming Tin Horn Prayer vinyl release show featuring Arliss Nancy. And I also want to apologize to all those who do not live in Denver and are lucky enough to have these two wonderful bands in their backyard.
Tin Horn Prayer features musicians that already have their stripes in other Denver bands, namely Andy Thomas from Only Thunder and Scooter James from Pinhead Circus. But it will be foolish to think of this only as a collaboration and not of a real band who wants to rock audiences heads off after the release of their debut album, “Get Busy Dying.” With it’s focus on death and other depressing topics that Americana bands like to sing about, you would be surprised to find how much energy these guys bring to the stage every single time they play. Due to the wonderfully incestuous Denver music scene, I have the honor to see these guys open some great shows, including Two Cow Garage and Tim Barry, and they always manage to hold their own and earn some fans every time. My personal favorite track from their album is “Fighting Sleep” with its distorted guitar and mandolin, combined with gang vocals that you usually only hear in punk, definitely is an ear catching tune that adds the edge that defines this band which is quickly tearing up the scene.
From the northern Colorado musical hotbed that is Fort Collins, Arliss Nancy has brought a EP that totally blew my mind. “Truckstop Roses” is five songs of wonderfully heart wrenching lyrics that every fan of ninebullets.net loves, and with crunchy guitar that reminds you of early 1990’s alternative rock. If you listen really closely to the track “Abacus” after having a few of our wonderful Micro Breweries, you might just be able to hear Jon Snodgrass singing some vocals for his fellow Fort Collinsers. Although I have not had the honor to see these guys live yet, the vinyl release show with Tin Horn should be a party and a half. One last thing, I just want to thank Autopsy4 for the chance to write a few articles for ninebullets.net as I am a huge fan and very stoked to do so cheers!
Tin Horn Prayer – Fighting Sleep
Arliss Nancy – Abacus
There are a few things I am bummed out about as I get ready to head out to Denver this weekend. One is that I was unable to talk Slim Cessna’s Auto Club into playing a show just for me (yes, I emailed and asked). Two, is that I won’t be able to catch Tin Horn Prayer either. Given band member, Andy Thomas’ relationship with SH I’d kind of hoped they’d end up on the actual party bill but it looks like it just ain’t gonna happen for me.
Tin Horn Prayer is a Denver local scene “supergroup” of sorts. Featuring members of Denver scene stallwarts such as; Ghost Buffalo, Love Me Destroyer, The Blackout Pact and Only Thunder. Having spent the past year creating a name for themselves in the local Denver scene they’ve finally managed to get their debut album, Get Busy Dying, released to the rest of the world.
The album comes out of the gates swinging with the opening track, “Better Living”, an anthematic track written for cramped bar rooms with six inch high stages covered in spit stained ripped red carpet. Almost immediately you notice that the singer isn’t, in the classic sense, very good but that he’s absolutely perfect for the music Tin Horn Prayer is putting on you. They seem to have an Irish bar band spirit to them in the sense that their charm lies in their raw, unpolished sound and if they were to clean it up any it just wouldn’t be the same. I don’t use the term “unpolished” as a polite way to call them amateur. Sometimes the best painters are the one’s who know when it’s time to stop adding brush strokes and the same can be said for bands when they’re in the studio. Tin Horn Prayer did a good job of knowing where the balance between rowdy spirit and over produced would lie and stopped painting.
On that note, I should stop adding strokes to this piece, let you know the album is Essential Listening and drop some mp3’s on you.
Tin Horn Prayer – Better Living
Tin Horn Prayer – Fighting Sleep
Tin Horn Prayer – Devil Makes Me
Tin Horn Prayer on myspace, Buy Get Busy Dying