Fort-Collins has struggled to make a name for itself as a music hub for decades. As NPR said in 2010, “This college town is big enough for an assortment of music collectives to thrive, but maybe not big enough to accommodate them.“
However, this space dilemma did not stop the Fort Collins’ music scene to continue to grow. New local groups form each year, such as the Fort Collins Musicians Association keexpanding ep and even after a pandemic, the music scene is rich in talent and supporters.
Here is a playlist which will hopefully stimulate your interest in the Fort Collins music scene and all of the amazing bands that are currently involved or have been involved in its creation and expansion.
“Caught” by the descendants
While the band formed in California, their 1996 album “Everything Sucks” was recorded at The blasting room laughedhere in Fort Collins. The Blasting Room is a recording studio that was built in 1994 by members of the punk rock bands Descendents, All and Black Flag.
The Blasting Room still records, mixes and masters music for local and non-local bands, recently recording Rise Against’s ninth studio album “Nowhere Generation”.
“Pangea Girls (Magic Feeling)” by Candy Claws
Formed in 2007 here in Fort Collins, Candy Claws is one of the most successful bands to come out of this city. Combining elements of shoegaze and psychedelic pop, Music Composed by Candy Claws iis sure to transport you to your own wonderland of fuzz guitar, trippy electronic effects and whispered lyrics.
Released in 2013, their album “Ceres & Calypso in the Deep Time” tell a unique and unforgettable story, which has earned them a rightful place in this playlist and in Fort Collins Music History. Their song “Pangea Girls (Magic Feeling)” really gives you a magical feeling with the eerie chord progressions and the almost underwater landscape of the sound created.eaten with distortion, synths, heavy and bubbly bass and delicate, floating vocal lines.
“Rain” by Stella Luce
I have formedm Fort Collins in 2008, Stella Luce were an experimental art-rock group best known for their use of classical string instruments.
“Rain” is a prime example of the unique style of Stella Luce that captivated this town. Beginning with a repeat of a plucked viola line and slowly transforming into a heavy, classic rock chorus, “Rain” keeps your earis intrigued and waits to hear what happens next.
“Goosebumps” by Write Minded
Write in the mind has made a name for himself in this city with his funky hip-hop music, influenced by soul and rock.
“Goosebumps” is a prime example of the wide variety of sounds created by Write Minded. With a rock-style electric guitar, soulful touches, a catchy chorus and rap, this song has it all.
“Lipstick revolution! »By Plasma Canvas
What would Fort Collins be without yout Plasma canvas? Much less punk rock, that’s for sure. If you’ve ever been to a bathroom, chances are you’ve seen a Plasma Canvas sticker stuck somewhere on the cabin door or on the toilet seat.
“Lipstick revolution! Has become a Fort Collins punk anthem since its release in 2016.
“Pushing Daisies (On Your Day Off)” by Chess at Breakfast
Trained in the summer of 2016, Breakfast chess is the worst group to come out of this town. Absolutely awful – at least that’s how they’re known to market themselves, and somehow it works like a charm.
With lyrical themes of darkness, despair and illusion, Chess at Breakfast combin elements of rock and punk to create some of Fort Collins’ most scary music.
“Cheeto Hot Fries” by The Sickly Hecks
There isn’t a single song I can think of that better represents the DIY and house show scene of Fort Collins. Prior to its official closure due to frequent shutdowns of shows by Fort Collins Police Services, The Sickly devils were known to run a place outside of their home known as the Heck House.
“Cheeto Hot Fries” is a song we remember from the days of constant house shows, questionable substances and sticky floors of spilled beer.
“Satan of the Day” by Robert Shredford
Robert Shredford, nameed after actor “Your mom loves it,” brought surf rock to our coastless home, often in a drought-ridden town. Robert Shredford makes music for those whose hearts are surfing the California coast but the bodies work 9 to 5 in the suburbs.
“Daytime Satan” sounds like the hook of ’60s bands like The Beach Boys buIt also adds a level of authenticity that many popular groups of the ’60s lacked.
Check out the playlist on Spotify here.
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