Motion Trap

Colorado Public Radio's OpenAir Presents:

Motion Trap

Retrofette, Graveyard Club

Friday, 6/21

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20 - $23

This event is 21 and over

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Motion Trap
Motion Trap
Though the band developed a highly distinct sound that’s all its own in the short amount of time it took them to rise from basement and warehouse parties to being billed with indie rock go-getters like Small Black and Moving Units and super producers like Rusko, Motion Trap is anything but easy to pin down. Alternately compared to “Mogwai on crack” and “Tycho with dance moves,” the group is beginning to make an impression up and down the Front Range of the Rockies.

Marrying classic guitar tones with the sonic capabilities of a digital workstation, what began as a few rough demos traded back and forth between a few friends spread out across I-80 quickly picked up steam as Nathan Rogers (guitar, keys, vocals) and Anthony Chelewski (guitar, keys) joined Kyle Williams (bass, keys, sound design) in Denver, Colorado. With the chance to work in the same room, spring 2013 saw the band quickly drop a self-titled EP on unsuspecting listeners. Shortly thereafter, the band added Sean Conlin, a drummer with a surplus of technical chops to bring the sound to the stage—not to mention spice up the songwriting process. In a scene more familiar with the throbbing beats of dubstep, Motion Trap has spent the year since its first release teaching fans that it’s ok to get down and dirty when there are guitars on the stage.

Recently, Motion Trap has been building a dedicated, burgeoning fan base on the power of a consistent concert schedule with likeminded locals. Summer will see the band perform at festivals such as Denver’s Underground Music Showcase and the Arise Music Festival in Loveland, CO. With an album in the works for the fall, 2014 looks to be a big year for the genre-agnostic rockers.
With something for everyone, Retrofette makes music that will make you want to bust out the tracksuit, dust of the Delorean, and dance.” –Bandwagon Magazine August 2016

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.

Since its inception, Retrofette released its debut three song I Don’t Mind EP and shared the stage with acts such as Magic Sword, Fever the Ghost, Mark Mallman, and The Other Black. They have played in front of sold out audiences at Denver’s Hi Dive, listed as one of 303 Magazine's top acts at the Underground Music Showcase, and selected as the Best Colorado Pop band of 2017 by Westword Magazine.
Graveyard Club
Graveyard Club
Graveyard Club recorded a collection of haunted, synth-laden songs in a 19th century mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota in the fall of 2013. These songs would comprise the group’s lo-fi debut EP Sleepwalk, released in January 2014. Founding members Matthew Schufman (vocals, synths) and Michael Wojtalewicz (guitar) began the project inspired by a unique list of shared interests: the classic short stories of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, the music of Ryan Gosling’s little-known band Dead Man’s Bones, and a fascination with both 50’s crooners and 80’s pop music.

By the spring of 2014, the band had expanded to include members Cory Jacobs (drums) and Amanda Zimmerman (bass, vocals). The newly bolstered lineup resulted in a more dynamic sound, adding a brighter dance-friendly feel to the spooky retro vibes of their earlier work. The four-piece then teamed with Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis to record their first full-length album, Nightingale. This release saw singles “Into the Dark,” “The Night is Mine,” and “Fire in the Sky” quickly become fan-favorites. During this time the band also began establishing a reputation for their live shows around the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, including playing supporting slots for various indie acts such as The Drums and Cayucas.

In the latter half of 2015 and early 2016, Graveyard Club wrote and recorded their sophomore LP, Cellar Door at Humans Win! studio in Minneapolis. The album stays true to their dreamy new-wave sound while venturing into more ambitious sonic territory. The songs range from sugary dance-pop (No Heart, Dying Days, Diamond City), to dark and surfy (Lose My Vision, Forever), to boldly anthemic (Nightcrawler, Werewolf Teeth). Lyrically, Schufman consistently eschews personal narrative in favor of gothic-romantic imagery, tackling larger bittersweet themes of nostalgia, love, and death.
Venue Information:
Lost Lake
3602 E. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO, 80206