Channel 93.3, Twist & Shout and Do303 Present
Retrofette, Coastal Wives, Levi Double U
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmLarimer Lounge
$22 - $25
This event is 18 and over
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Hard to believe that a little more than two years ago this foursome was an auspicious yet aspiring act playing unassuming opening slots on weeknights. The outfit quickly won fans over with a smart brand of guitar-driven pop, which has plenty in common with acts like Local Natives, Echosmith, and Florence and the Machine. Cleary, the act found its way — funny considering that the whole thing essentially started by being lost, as the title of the band’s 2017 debut, Lost With You, suggests.
“We were driving in the Redwood Forrest, and I was looking at my phone, trying to write down band names the whole time,” recalls singer Emma Cole, who coined the name last year on a road trip with drummer Caleb Thoemke. “I was just missing everything. I ‘missed’ the wilderness. So I wrote it down as a joke, and the guys -- we all texted each other our top ten names -- loved it.”
The moniker fits perfectly, just like Cole, who had been in her bandmates' orbit for quite some time, first as a member of an act she had previously played in with guitarist Seth Beamer, classmate from University of Colorado Denver – and later as a collaborator with Red Fox Run, the outfit that directly preceded Wildermiss and featured Thoemke and Beamer, along with guitarist Joshua Hester.
Shortly after Red Fox Run ended and right around the time Cole was finishing her degree, Cole asked the trio to accompany her at a graduation recital. The chemistry was immediate, and two months later, the foursome began writing songs together. After Red Fox Run ended, the three remaining members were ready to move in a different direction. Cole was the perfect addition.
A gifted vocalist whose expressive voice drives the group’s radio-friendly pop sound, Cole completed the quartet on vocals and synth bass, an instrument she started playing sort of by default — the outfit needed a bassist to bring out the bottom end but was reluctant to add a fifth member, so she stepped in. Since then, it’s sort of become a signature of the band’s burgeoning sound.
"We love the sound of two guitars. I don't know if we were really looking to add anybody,” says Beamer. “We had talked about who we could add — we know tons of musicians and have tons of friends who could definitely fit the bill — but there was something about the four of us."
This willingness to be flexible on the part of Cole is emblematic of the band’s overall approach to making music together, says Hester. “We've always been in service to the song,” he explains. “That's our goal. If we're writing something, it has to be to the benefit of the song, not our own ego. Our rule's always been we leave our ego at the door whenever we go into rehearsal. It's all about the music. It's not about what we're trying to do individually.”
“Yeah, the music is bigger than all of us,” Beamer agrees.
Indeed, judging from the songs on the act’s debut EP, this dynamic certainly seems to be in play. The songs are instantly memorable as much for their melodies as for their meaning -- both of which are equally as integral to the impact of the song, if you ask Hester. "I've always thought lyrics find their validation through melody,” he says. “You can sing the simplest line but if a melody has conviction, then it works better than the most poetic paragraph you can write."
Talk about seeing the forest for the trees.
Denver-based Retrofette is the byproduct of keyboardists Sean Culliton and Xavier Provencher's love for vintage synthesizers and sweaty dance floors. Joined by synth bassist Ben Weirich and drummer Dylan Johnson on stage, the quartet’s brand of 80s tinged synthpop was born in March 2016 and has since garnered a steadfast following.
In June 2018 Retrofette released its latest single, Lover in Japan, a summery dance anthem that inspired by classic 80s new wave. Retrofete has shared the stage with acts such as Anomalie, Magic Sword, Fever the Ghost, and Mark Mallman. They have played on the legendary Red Rocks stage, sold out audiences at Denver venues Hi Dive and Ophelia’s, and were selected as the Best Pop of 2017 act in Colorado by Westword Magazine.
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