Note: $15.00 is the day of show price.
The Denver Broncos UK (shortened DBUK) is comprised of Munly Munly, Lord Dwight Pentacost, Rebecca Vera and Slim Cessna of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club from Denver, Colorado. Opposite to the rousing sounds of SCAC, they create a sound that is clearly more subdued, ethereal and intimate with a lot of strings and percussion reminiscing of an agrarian, pre-industrial time.
As the album title implies the bands’ new full length consits of no less than 16 songs (!), Gothic Americana in a class of its own. A beautifully haunting brand of stark acoustic-gloom that will inevitably send shivers down the spines of the most seasoned fans. Having worked with an array of prominent musicians in the past, including members of Devotchka, Tarantella and David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower, DBUK lead-vocalist and celebrated alt-country songwriter/storyteller Jay Munly’s voice is equal parts Peter Murphy and Nick Cave, and contrasts beautifully with Rebecca Vera’s falsetto on a number of the tracks on Songs One Through Sixteen. The album’s strings and percussion are intoxicatingly dramatic and are provided courtesy of Auto Club members Dwight Pentacost and Slim Cessna respectively, all culminating to create one of the more evocative releases the genre has seen quite possibly in years.
The band appeared on 2013’s Jack White Rockin’ Legends tribute album alongside Wanda Jackson, Shooter Jennings, Robert Gorden, Los Straightjackets, Gary U.S. Bonds and more and was recently named the Westword Weekly’s Best Denver American Artist! Songs One Through Sixteen, the new studio album by DBUK was released via Glitterhouse Records on November 9, 2018.
Norman Westberg is a guitarist from Detroit best known for his work with Swans. Present through almost the entirety of the band’s existence, Westberg was brought on for Swans’ debut album Filth (1983) and appeared on every album through 1991’s White Light From the Mouth of Infinity (he also played on the 1995 album The Great Annihilator). Westberg became a full-time Swans member once again when Michael Gira reactivated the group in 2010.
Westberg’s playing can also be heard on many Swans side projects, including The Body Haters and solo albums by Jarboe. Before Swans, he was a member of Carnival Crash. Westberg was for a short time a member of The Heroine Sheiks with Shannon Selberg (ex-The Cows), as well as John Fell (ex-China Shop). Aside from the present incarnation of Swans, he currently plays in the NYC bands NeVAh (with Vinnie Signorelli & Algis Kizys) and Five Dollar Priest (formerly Size Queens) with Ron Ward of Speedball Baby & Bob Bert among others. He also appeared (credited as Norman Westburg) in a short film, The Right Side of My Brain, directed by Richard Kern and starring Lydia Lunch.
Wax Lead is a post-punk band. The name gives hints of sound: metallic elements that soften, melt, morph, burn, and solidify. Place and time bends us into unexpected things. Sometimes it’s best to amplify the environment and channel coincidence. Wax Lead is the product of instruments salvaged from fires and alleyways, east-coast bluntness at a mid-west tempo, grand piano on a zip disk, gunshots in the night and the pile drivers of gentrification.
The debut EP, Husband, Lord, and Master, started as a joke, but the world has a way of normalizing absurdity. The project became a reaction. The songs became a purgative.