Concert Coverage: Holy Golden @ Ophelia's Electric Soapbox 11/1/2017

  Photography by Frances Meng-Frecker

Photography by Frances Meng-Frecker

November 1st, 2017

Wednesday November 1st, it was a quiet ride into the city with my good friend Frances as we had no idea of what we could encounter that night at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. What we came to find was an eccentric duo, each based in different taste but equipt with a collaborative and unselfish mindset; all the sounds mesh together in a melodically facile way. Leslie Scott and Andrew Valenti mold together, forming Holy Golden, self described as a “euphoric dream-pop with lo-fi garage rock” sound that focuses on the experience of music and less of a formulaic structure to their music, which allow for their audience to genuinely connect to Holy Golden’s music in a personal way. This concept was exemplified in their concert on a compact stage surrounded by fellow musicians and local bar/ music lovers. Ophelia’s amplified the intimacy felt in their songs by how, quite literally, you felt the music; they began with a ditty called “The Movie”, a beautifully personal song off their new EP The Licking River. The bass shook the two-tiered seating, the guitar and complexly layered pedal work danced through my head for days to come and with a full view of the band, the show felt like a personal screening from each angle, I’ve never had a concert experience so personal and neatly presented.

Holy Golden is a diverse duo, Scott hails from Detroit, Michigan while Valenti grew up in Martha’s Vineyard, where the two would end up meeting later in their careers. Denver was only the band’s second stop on their second US tour. The most exceptional aspect of Holy Golden is their fully-developed and versatile branding; equipped with an excellent website, at least seven music videos and two albums on their website and bandcamp, Holy Golden markets and brands themselves with effortless taste. Keep an eye out for this experienced and versatile duo, I can only expect more to come as Holy Golden continues to both define and defy expectations.

Tom Petty: Remembering a Rock Icon

On October 2nd at 8:40 PM, we lost one of Rock and Roll’s greatest icons, Tom Petty. Petty died at the age of 66, after he went into cardiac arrest in his home in LA. The singer and guitar player has been influencing music with his California rock style since the mid 70’s when he started releasing music through Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He came to the conclusion that he would rather be a solo artist than in a band, however he preferred performing with the same musicians. Therefore, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was born. With the release of their first single, “Breakdown”, the band did not gain much momentum, however, after relentless touring, the song finally broke through in the states. In 1979, Petty’s music would be forever written in stone through the album Damn the Torpedoes, which reached number two, and is considered to be one of his best albums. Petty released a number of albums throughout the 80’s however, his work in the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, which includes Jeff Lynn, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, and himself, seems to stand out the most, as this group of incredible musicians came together to make something special. In 1989, Tom Petty released Full Moon Fever, which consists of the monumental track “Free Fallin”. Going into the 90’s, Petty had a great amount of support due to his recent releases, however he knew that he would have to forge a new fan base for a new generation. He did so with the solo release of Wildflowers, which kept the rock star’s magic around in a time where rock music had taken a much different turn. Going into the 2000’s Tom Petty’s new music fell out of radio favor as he entered the later years of his career. This last year marked the 40th anniversary of the creation of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This legend’s influence will forever be felt in rock music around the world, and he will be greatly missed by all those that he touched. Tom Petty, thank you.

Gavin Susalski