The band’s set at the Marquis included five songs from the new album (which will be called 4 Arrows and is set to drop by mid-2023), as well as their 2020 single “Follow The Leader”.  Opener “Dad & Me” is about those tough relationships with the father figures in our lives.  That was followed by the title track from the new album, “Deeper & Deeper”, and “Circles”, which is about repetitive patterns of greed and corruption. Next came “Follow The Leader”, which is always a crowd favorite. The set closed with “Down Below”.  It was full tilt, from the word go.

Mike is an energetic and charismatic frontman who loves getting up close and personal with the crowd. Multiple times during a set he’ll step to the very edge of the stage for solos (see photo below). Following gigs he loves to interact with the crowd as he’s breaking down his rig, and at the merchandise table. As he told me after the gig, “I loved that after the set the kids from the front were asking me about my guitars and what kind of pedals I was using in my rig, because that was me at shows growing up. It’s all about that connection.”


One of the coolest parts of my job covering live music is when an opening act for the artist or band I was sent to cover completely knocks my socks off.  It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does it makes me feel like I just found buried treasure.

This happened most recently back on October 11, when I covered the LA-based band Starcrawler at the Larimer Lounge in Denver.  The opening act that night was a local threesome called The Trujillo Company.  I was at the venue early enough to hear The Trujillo Company go through their sound check, and I realized early on that these guys weren’t just another opening act.


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