This is an entry in an ongoing series for 303 Journal, which will offer a assortment of community album reviews. It is our intention to emphasize the talents of area musicians, no matter if veterans to the marketplace or newcomers. Like the bands, the album can be refreshing or one thing we just have not experienced the energy to choose off repeat in the previous handful of months. Check out out previous entries in the series in this article.
Boulder-based mostly bluegrass band Bowregard has found the silver dwelling during a traditionally gradual reside tunes year, releasing their first album just past month to a hungry nearby bluegrass fanbase. Like most bands and musicians right now, Bowregard has been compelled to re-concentration their summer designs from stay demonstrates to new new music. Just as the fivesome experienced joined forces and lastly identified their groove as a band, profitable the Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest previous yr and the Ullrgrass Bluegrass Band Contest the year in advance of that, factors took a grisly turn — but that has not slowed down Bowregard at all. When we’ve been starving for songs, they did us a sound by churning out a highly outstanding debut album, Arrows.
The single “Fallen Angels” was introduced prior to Arrows and gave us a sweet style of what to be expecting from this up-and-coming band whose sound exceeds expectations of a single only a few of several years younger. It was not that very long ago that guitarist Max Kabat and banjoist James Armington had been joining neighborhood jams, pickin’ away with each other and other like-minded musicians. That was where by they serendipitously met bassist Zachary Smith and fiddler Colleen Heine, who experienced just moved to city. Once they’d performed jointly, Kabat remembers, “it became obvious that our designs of audio overlapped in the suitable approaches, and our seems truly gelled with each other.”
The four fashioned close to the idea of getting a band, and the closing addition of dobroist Justin Konrad, says Kabat, “rounded out our audio, and gave us an expressive bluegrass tone.” He recalls the earn in Telluride in 2019 as “a forging minute for us.” Given that then, Bowregard has been pushing whole steam ahead in the experience of a crowded community music scene and an impending pandemic. Not all is shed, nonetheless, mainly because you can catch them perform this weekend — on Saturday at Upslope’s Safer Summer New music Series, and on Sunday at Boulder Arts Outside. And at the time are living displays do return in whole, Bowregard will have plenty of material to assist verify to Denver supporters that they are incredibly significantly in the bluegrass game.
“Fallen Angels,” created by Kabat and the album’s to start with keep track of, right away features the maximum high quality and skill that Bowregard has to present. The tune is the to start with of a handful of highlights, the next of which is “High on a Mountain,” an previous-timey tune that falls in line with classic bluegrass, a beloved style of each the band’s and of Kabat’s in particular. The back-to-back again lineup of that tune followed by the banjo-major, Celtic-influenced instrumental “Cousin Sally Brown” firmly seals the deal only halfway through the album. The album’s namesake, “Arrows,” will come in direction of the conclusion and oozes a wailing, place-grass sound that keeps up well with the genre’s speedy-paced and high-tempo musicality.
While Kabat is the bulk vocalist and songwriter, he expressed the importance of harmonies in the band’s sound and described the band as a collective. “Zachary, Colleen and James deliver a net of articulate harmonies. We all trade-off, we all pull our bodyweight.” It goes further more than the music — with Colleen acquiring made the band’s artwork, coordinated the images, and accomplished the graphic design and style for their apparel. Total, Kabat spelled out the 5 of them as having “a genuinely awesome breadth of sources inside our team.” This camaraderie is specifically mirrored in their tunes, and you can genuinely really feel it all over Arrows. Kabat also discovered that they’ve already “got a nice bulk of new content on one more album shortly,” which usually means when we’ve fallen in love with the debut album, we may possibly, the good news is, come across a second in its wake.