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Concert Review: Young Coyotes at the Hi-Dive

by on Jan.26, 2009, under Concert Reviews

issue14_youngcoyotes2-timweilertWhat happens when you mix one of Denver’s best hipster bars with some of the best up-and-coming local musicians? The answer: last Friday’s Young Coyotes show at the Hi-Dive. I was first introduced to Young Coyotes during winter break, when I saw them open for the Hot IQs. Even then, I knew I wanted to hear more of their fresh style of music. Before I dive headfirst into a review, let’s start with a little background. In mid-2008, Atlanta based band Moros Eros broke up. A few months later Greeley, CO band The Axe That Chopped the Cherry Tree also called it quits. Zach Tipon and Adam Halferty, who had played and toured together in the above-mentioned bands, decided to start something new. Since then, Young Coyotes have been keeping busy touring and recording material for their upcoming release.

Critics, both local and national, have not let Young Coyotes go unnoticed. Most recently, they were featured in the January issue of Marquee magazine, a Denver music-scene guide, and back in December they recorded a session at Daytrotter, a famous recording studio and website that offers free mp3s of exclusively recorded sessions with some of the biggest names in indie. Needless to say, there was a certain air of excitement at the venue last Friday.

issue14_youngcoyotes1-timweilertThe one word I have used to describe the entire night is relaxed. Even from the first local band, The Wheel, the show played out like a bunch of old friends getting together for a party. The Wheel’s singer, Nathaniel Rateliff, played a reverb-drenched classical guitar while belting out deep, reflective lyrics with his unique baritone. He was backed up by Joseph Pope, who provided organ parts which provided the necessary bass and a polished sound.

Next up was another local group, Bad Weather California. Lead singer Chris Adolf’s intense delivery and Adam Baumiester’s pedal steel guitar work gave them a unique sound. Think Beach Boys meets Black Flag meets steel guitar. To be entirely honest, it would be difficult to accurately describe their sound, but there is one thing that is certain, they put on an entertaining performance.

Finally, it was time for Young Coyotes. They came out and began with one of their more popular songs, “Momentary Drowning.” From there, they played through a number of “older” tunes and new material. I use quotes when saying “older” because this is still an incredibly fresh group, they don’t really have any old songs, just ones that are already available via MySpace. They continued to play through their set, occasionally stopping to figure out which song to do next. Friends of the band shouted out for different songs as the set list wandered throughout the night. During the course of the show, Tipon announced that the group would release about 12 tracks sometime toward the end of February. As they tried to finish their set, the crowd asked for another song and the Young Coyotes delivered. Overall it was a great show, it was well mixed and featured what makes the Denver music what it is: real, talented musicians.

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