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It’s the kind of music that the Carhartt-wearing, hard-working, industrial beer-drinking, regular Americans would listen to — the ones who could end up on an episode of TV’s Dirty Jobs. It’s a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest. It’s Americana rock and roll and it’s something that Denver’s Strange Americans are crafting with both brawn and finesse, like a hot rod mechanic bringing back an old barn find.

In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straight-forward, no frills rock and roll, and a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, but presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it.

Strange Americans have three full-length records, Royal Battle (2012), That Kind of Luster (2014), and Borrow You, Brother (2017), along with the 7″ Vinyl Places (2015).  Borrow You, Brother was recorded with Echo Lab engineer and producer Matt Pence (Centro-matic, Justin Townes Earle).

[Contributing author: Brian Johnson, Marquee Magazine]

 

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Courtesy Atwood Magazine:

“Their ability to weave new sounds and styles into their established classic, guitar-driven, blue-collar Americana rock speaks to the band’s creative strengths: They’re not going anywhere, nor is the grit and rubble that has defined rock and blues music since their earliest days.” Read more…

Courtesy Marquee Magazine:

“In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straight-forward, no frills rock and roll, and a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, but presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it.” Read more…

Courtesy Reverb (Denver Post):

“There needs to be a third understanding of “classic rock,” one that describes rock music made today that has a classic sound. Perhaps we could call it “neo-classic rock.” Denver’s Strange Americans would fit comfortably under this label.” Read more…

Courtesy Denver Westword:

“When bands take to the road to tour in support of a new album, they play a lot of shows in a lot of different venues –some small, some cavernous, all of them unique. The trick is to adapt to the room, so that the songs connect with the audience — whether that’s 12 people or 1200. Strange Americans is one of those bands.” Read more…

Courtesy Colorado Music Buzz:

Strange Americans new album is rockin’. That is the bottom line. The Denver five-piece let their influences fly and mix in their own style, creating a sound that bridges the gap between alternative rock and the roots of the genre.” Read more…

2013 Westword Best Rock – Roots Band in Denver

 

Courtesy ListenUpDenver!:

“While Denver’s near unanimous enthusiasm for A Royal Battle has been well earned, the potential of this album’s impact on the national scene is staggering and listeners lucky enough to be in-the-know remain awed by it months after its release.”  Read More…

Courtesy The Marquee:

“4.5 out of 5 stars.. It’s fairly astonishing that A Royal Battle is Strange Americans’ debut album… gracefully straddling a rickety picket fence of 1970s FM rock on one side and outlaw country on the other, teetering back and forth just enough to keep it consistently fresh and interesting. It’s truly a wonderful album for such a young group.”  Read more…

Courtesy Denver Westword:

A Royal Battle is certainly a release in which the members of Strange Americans can take pride.   The group succeeded in injecting a lot of fervor of the live shows into the more rocking cuts. But it also had little difficulty reeling things in on slower tunes… After all, this isn’t exactly your everyday, standard brand of Americana.”  Read more…

Courtesy 303 Magazine:

“After establishing themselves as one of Denver’s bands to watch through live shows… Strange Americans have finally released a full-length album. A Royal Battle is a soaring debut that mixes country, Americana and rock ‘n’ roll to create a sound that is at once familiar and exciting.  For a debut, Strange Americans have surpassed expectations. In fact, they may have put out one of the best local releases of the year.”  Read more…