Thursday, July 26, 2012

2012 UMS wrap-ups, pt. 1

Natasha's take on this year's UMS:

Last weekend was fantastic thanks to the Underground Music Showcase.  The UMS is a four day independent music festival right here in Denver Colorado.  It is by far the biggest music festival in Colorado with hundreds of local bands and national acts.  This is just what I needed after such a harsh reality check last Friday with the news of a local shooting.  I think music was the very therapy we all needed, and I know everyone there felt the same. As the weekend progressed it became easier to smile and laugh, and by the end of the weekend I felt my heavy heart had been lifted a bit. I saw so many bands from all different genres, and some that had no genre: surprising acts filled with theatrics, serious rockers with a message, experimental oddities in costumes, punk screamers, metal thrashers - the UMS had it all!  This year I made a point of supporting the underdogs, bands that might not be headliners but have a solid place in our Colorado music scene. I saw a lot of bands from Colorado Springs and Fort Collins like El Toro De La Muerte, Stella Luce and White Cat Pink, as well as my friends in Denver bands like Glass Hits, Wheelchair Sports Camp and Jen Korte.  The national acts were just as diverse and surprising.  From Big Freedia & the Divas to Imperial Teen from Shabazz Palaces to Black Moth Super Rainbow there was a unique quality to each band there. The biggest thing I walked away with was a sense of community and I felt rich with the culture that makes this city/state so great.  I feel like we are extremely lucky to have such a talented community and so much support for local music. A lot of musicians were there supporting each other; it was a great way to feel reaffirmed about the good things in life.  I overheard a girl passing by late Sunday night saying "I am already looking forward to next year", I couldn't agree more!

Check out these pics below by Tony White and get taste of the full range of the UMS:
Bad Weather California

Cloud Nothings
DJ Bruce's AM Gold
Munly and the Lupercalians

Mark Mallman


Tin Horn Prayer

Tin Horn Prayer
Wymond Miles

Wymond Miles
Sid Pink


Ryan Spradlin said...

Thanks so much for coming to see us. We had a blast and we were really grateful to have so many people show up. We appreciate the support.

(El Toro)

Sid Pink said...

You've made me look somehow cool and not fat. Hired as part of my Publicity Squad.

- Pink