By Marlee Keeven
Just because fourteen Colorado musicians put together a tribute album full of covers for Denver-based band Deadbubbles, don’t assume that they’re a rock ‘n’ roll band of yore.
Also, just because Deadbubbles has a raw sound reminiscent of seventies bands such as The Stooges and The Cramps, don’t assume that they actually came from the seventies.
In reality, Deadbubbles started up in 2006. However, many local artists thought highly enough of them to do a tribute album only five years after the group’s conception.
Reclamation Now! captures Deadbubbles’ psychobilly madness. However, the musicans take away some of the garage punk qualities, while keeping the rawness and adding in a bit more of an indie twist, making the music of Deadbubbles even more lovable for today’s hipsters.
Some songs, such as “Zoo Kicker and I,” are done better the second time around. There are two different versions of this song on the album – one by The Firebird 4000 Project and one done acoustically by Matt Shupe.
Multiple bands covered the same song on the album, such as “Soldier of Misfortune.” The version by Manotaur sounds like a Fraggle Rock version of the original, and the other, by Dave Rosset, stands alone as a sort of slam poetry performance with tribal drums.
These fourteen artists truly know the art of creating a good cover, so check out the album, and check out the originals, too! The songs are catchy and crawling with the creamy crust of seventies garage rock.