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False Report bring their brand new EP to the Black Sheep


Denver’s False Report brings their new EP, Tear the Pages, to the Black Sheep stage on Friday, Oct. 18. - JEREMY CRAWLEY
  • Jeremy Crawley
  • Denver’s False Report brings their new EP, Tear the Pages, to the Black Sheep stage on Friday, Oct. 18.

Local music fans can look forward to adding another gem to their record collections (or virtual record collections, as the case may be), as Denver-based indie-rock quartet Fals e Report is primed to mark the release a new EP, Tear the Pages.

Recorded by Alex Scott at Denver’s Red Wall Audio and mastered with Kris Crummett (producer for Dance Gavin Dance and Sleeping With Sirens, among others), it’s immediately clear upon listening that False Report put plenty of effort and love into the new release.

Preceded by the release of the single “No Apathy” (which also appears on Tear the Pages), the five-track EP features brilliantly sharp songwriting with pristine production to match. “Reoccur” marries the band’s pop-punk melodic sensibilities with post-punk atmospherics with great results — throwing in a gigantic chorus, to boot. “Sirens” places the band’s interlocking guitars over a sinister groove, “Probably Wrong” distills everything engaging about post-hardcore balladry, and “Empty Secrets” again dials the band’s sonic wash to arena proportions.

You can catch False Report and pick up a copy of their latest efforts at the Black Sheep on Friday, Oct. 18, where they’ll be joined by Had I Known and the fairly newly resurrected Calling All Cars2, who have presented some new material of their own in their latest appearances.

Meanwhile, yet more new music has recently arrived on the scene courtesy of Upon a Field’s Whisper, one of the latest projects of local metal exemplar (and general man-about-town) Bryan Ostrow. Upon a Field’s Whisper began in 2018 as a one-man-band solo project exploring the relationship between humans and nature, documented by the four-track demo recorded entirely by Ostrow. The demo was an impressively well-realized concept, joining spectral acoustic neofolk with black metal to potent effect. Now functioning as a full band with drummer David Dempsey, bassist Josh Austin and guitarist Laddie Savage joining Ostrow live and in the studio, Upon a Field’s Whisper has a new self-titled EP that expands on the ecological anxiety of the demo in a cavalcade of black metal mayhem and funereal doom... you know, all the good stuff.

The demo’s delicate acoustic passages are largely eschewed on this EP in favor of a full-on electric assault. Ostrow’s vocals show astonishing range and ferocity, especially on “Retribution,” and his performance is matched and complemented at each turn by the intense performances of his new comrades. The grinding, discordant intro to closing track “Spread Death” is genuinely unnerving, and its blistering, crust punk denouement is exhilarating. Truly an inspired soundtrack to the climate apocalypse. Upon a Field’s Whisper celebrated the release of their new EP with a short tour with Clarion Void, making stops in Taos and Santa Fe, along with a home-stand show at the Triple Nickel Tavern.

Speaking of the Triple Nickel, fans of alt-country have a lot to look forward to this week, namely, two appearances from Fort Worth-based, hellraisin’ country twosome WhiskeyDick, who perform on Oct. 11 and 15. The duo, Fritz and Reverend Johnson, have earned a cult following through their rowdy acoustic guitar-slinging, sharing stages with luminaries such as Shooter Jennings, Scott H. Biram, Pentagram and The Reverend Horton Heat. Their 2015 LP The Bastard Sons of Texas is required listening for anyone who likes a bit of metal mixed with their honky-tonk, but the pair is truly in their element onstage.

On Oct. 11, WhiskeyDick will be joined by Washington-based singer/songwriter James Hunnicutt, and on Oct. 15, WhiskeyDick and Hunnicutt will share the stage with Mason Kinard, Erin O’Keefe, and local favorites Tejon Street Corner Thieves, freshly back from a sojourn in Mexico. Will they play any thematically appropriate Marty Robbins covers for the occasion? Only one way to find out.

While this all makes for a week of hootenannying that could put all three Hank Williamses to shame, you’d be wise to pace yourself, as Oct. 9 also features some more excellent roots-rock courtesy of “grease-folk” purveyor Kiel Grove, who hits the Triple Nickel stage with Hawk Rider and Robbie D in support. Grove, originally hailing from Denton, Texas, plays a bluesy brand of Americana storytelling that often verges on psychedelic desert-rock, thanks to the guitar pyrotechnics on tracks like “Coyote Call” and “Laid Back.”

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