With that being said, I had the pleasure of witnessing three of Colorado's best punk bands The Brown Noise, 3 Grams Over an Ounce and Stab Crew invade our beloved entertainment Mecca on Oct. 18, eager to bring the house down.
Now, I had arrived early and noticed the place was a little vacant. However, as soon as The Brown Noise took to the stage, it was as if concertgoers answered a call-to-arms.
The three-piece from Colorado Springs was loud and explosive from the start. With cleverly named songs like "I Gave Myself to Jesus and He Quit Calling Me," and "Ted Haggard's too Haggard for You," The Brown Noise and frontman Marcus "Spook" Skiff's growling vocals made sure the crowd knew that they had arrived. A big plus was the ol' switcheroo between drummer Corey "Sleep" Lorell and guitarist Ray "Dirty Ray Valentine" Carreon, midway through the set.
A couple of songs later, the two switched back. The crowd loved it. Hell, I loved it. What better way to prove your talent than by swapping instruments, without fault?
Drawing inspiration from zombies, horror movies, McDonald's, Jesus and, of course, Ted Haggard, these guys are serious musicians who are all about having a good time. And it seems to be working very well for them.
Next up was Denver-based 3 Grams Over an Ounce, a street-punk band with a stage presence so commanding I had to struggle to keep focused on my note-taking. The entire band encouraged audience interaction, and seemed to thrive off of the energy of their fans.
Bottom line: If these guys released a CD, I would buy it.
Stab Crew, the Springs act that closed out the night, was impressive largely because of broken guitars, guest vocals and a little "Eye of the Tiger." The band had the crowd in the palm of its hands, and a couple of times, on stage, where friends sang vocals with Pat Marshall-Clancy.
In retrospect, the friends weren't half bad. And Stab Crew seemed like it's been doing this for years or certainly more than the single one the guys have spent together.
Summing up: You'll want to check these bands out the next time they assault the stage at The Black Sheep, or any other venue.