Colfax Speed Queen
Once born out of the crystal clear Rocky Mountain water, Colfax Speed Queen quickly dirtied their bones with distortion, tremolo, and plenty of slap back reverb just like their heroes from the 60's and 70's. CSQ is far from a revival band though. They're an original breed of garage, punk, rock, and surf. CSQ is not about going fast. They're about being hopped up and strung out on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The Amphibious Man
Boulder-based macabre rock band The Amphibious Man was born in 2011 as a solo project of Jason Principi during his freshman year at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. The project soon turned into an occult-minded musical collective of the creepiest yet most palatable variety when, shortly after releasing their first EP, Haunted, Principi joined forces with friends to expand the vision. After releasing seven albums on Bandcamp since their inception, playing more than 150 shows around their home-state of Connecticut and embarking on two tours along the east coast, The Amphibious Man packed up and shipped out to land-locked Colorado in October of 2016. Since relocating, the band has released “Silver Alert”, their longest and most mature incarnation of a sound they’ve developed over the past half-decade. While the band’s sound has strong roots in punk, garage and surf rock, the Amphibious Man also draws inspiration from strange, cultish, off-putting horror movies to infuse their sound with an unsettling eerie vibe. The band’s unique pop-ish expression of these heavier sounds makes the listening all the more fun and bewitching. Like the experience of a deepening intoxication, the music starts off uplifting and fun, but takes sharp turns down paths of darkness one can find comfort in. “Our music makes people feel weird in a way that they’re kind of ok with”, Principi says. “It’s not so out there that people are like ‘jesus I cant handle this’”. GoldFlakePaint, a UK-based music magazine, aptly described the Amphibious Man as a band who successfully mixes “spookery” with a “rigorous and forceful bout of hardened rock and roll”.