Featuring razor-sharp chompers, crimson shark lips and life-like grey skin, the shark stage proved the perfect complement to FaceMan's brand of ambitious rock and roll. Here's hoping FaceMan and his crew of creative geniuses find a way to top themselves this year. Maybe there's a way to build an accurate re-creation of the polar vortex...
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Even with their hectic schedule, the three musicians of FaceMan took a few minutes to discuss their career, unique sound and live shows with AXS.
The Third Annual FaceMan’s Waltz has become a staple at the Bluebird since it began three years ago. Joining FaceMan in the festivities will be a plethora of local musicians and bands including members of Lee Avenue, The Dendrites, The Knew, Mike Marchant, A. Tom Collins, Strange Americans, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Achille Lauro, Martin Gilmore, The Outfit, Hindershot, PANAL, Shady Elders, Indigenous Robot, Jesse Manley, Chris McGarry and the Insomniacs, The Raven and the Writing Desk, Safeboating is No Accident, Sawmill Joe, Vitamins, Scatter Gather, Go Star, Vox De Ville, Cop Circles, Boba Fett and the Americans, Bonnie and the Beard, Bonnie and the Clydes, Skeleton Show, Jacob Herold, Varlet and Space In Time. Just to name a few.
The Larryville Chronicles: Our Chat With Denver's FaceMan: "We mostly play for my mom's bridge club."
Denver rock-trio FaceMan is just plain strange, and we love 'em for it. They are bringing their antics to LFK's Barnyard Beer this Thursday, Nov. 8, alongside locals Til Willis and Erratic Cowboy (re-read our recent political chat with Til over here prior to the election tomorrow!).
Enjoy this chat with the FaceMan himself (with brief interjections from bandmates Dean and David) in which we discuss the band's evolution from masked oddballs to general oddballs, recording with music legends, dead dogs, and the difficulty of building a sweet bike jump.
Behind all of that theatricality and grandeur, however, are FaceMan’s songs. Subtle, often simple and pathologically sincere, Steve’s tunes — not unlike those of the Band — resound in stark contrast to the group’s ostentatious performances.
“The Gospel” — our exclusive premiere from FaceMan’s as-yet-untitled third album, slated for release in 2013 — is a shimmering example. Recorded with Bryan Feuchtinger at Uneven Studios, the track includes contributions fromJulia Libassi (the Raven and the Writing Desk), Eric Johnston (the Outfit) and Neyla Pekarek (the Lumineers), but all of those cooks in the kitchen lead to a surprisingly subdued, sparse and moody tune. The centerpieces for this aural feast are Steve’s supplicating lyrics and his earnest vocal delivery. The effect — as the title suggests — is somber, soulful and hymn-like.