Larimer Lounge Presents
James Swanberg, Mr. Atomic
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmLarimer Lounge
$14 - $16
This event is 16 and over
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The two don’t remember clearly how they met, but Frankel, home from tour with garage rock outfit Twin Peaks, began dropping in at Bailoni’s residence in the winter of 2015. The two began writing spontaneous songs in Bailoni's synth-laden bedroom studio, which had long stood as the base of operations for his own wonderfully weird solo and producer work as Home-Sick.
By 2016 the two friends were sharing an apartment, along with a growing fondness for red wine, bad weather, and the music of Yukihiro Takahashi. Though still without a name or any intention to release their music, as roommates the two collaborated more and more often, at all hours of the day and night. Soon they had quite a score, and agreed to play a show opening for their close friend Knox Fortune for his upcoming album release show.
They chose the name Grapetooth, an affectionate slang term for a wino, and decided to make a video in support of the upcoming show for their song “Trouble”, one of the earliest songs the two had written together. Like the song itself, which had been written and recorded in the course of one night inside Bailoni’s bedroom, the video was similarly unplanned and on the cheap, and they posted it online without further ado.
The reception was encouraging, and the pair went back to the bedroom and focused on completing their album.
The album captured a feeling the duo happily felt was somewhere between the doomy disco of 80’s new wave and the woozy laments of artists like Arthur Russell and Jeff Cowell. It contains songs about death and love and the movie Badlands and more than a few songs about wine.
With a complete lineup finally assembled, Mr. Atomic set out to solidify their sound, drawing influences from late 80s/90s rock bands such as Blondie, Garbage, and Nirvana. Mr. Atomic cultivated a dedicated following of fans within the Denver music scene with melodic, grunge-tinted, punk rock accented by lyrically-dense verses. In 2017, the band ushered in the release of their debut EP, "Avert the Skies", in early January, followed by a mini-tour across the Midwest, the departure of Suriano, and the arrival of a new drummer, Ryan Fraser. With a new drummer in the mix, the band set to work, spending over a year crafting new material for their first full-length album, Spectator Sport.
Spectator Sport explores the struggle between growth and resistance, and the viewpoint from which it is perceived. The lead single, “Made for TV”, is an abrasive, yet melodic anthem focused on resistance to the norm. According to guitarist and lead singer, Boneth Ahaneku, “The single questions how we as humans decide whether to think for ourselves or take everything at face value.” The album release comes after a busy summer for the band filled with recording, a short southwest tour, and an appearance at Denver’s own Underground Music Showcase.
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Denver, CO, 80205