All About Music in Fort Collins: by Argento Studios

Tim and Angel were recently interviewed by Cynthia of Argento Studios for an epic look at the Fort Collins music scene. We think it highlights all the best parts of who we are as a town. The article includes in-depth interviews with local heroes like Greta Cornett, Julie Sutter, Erin Roberts and Tim Massa. If you are new to Fort Collins or just curious to learn more about how we work as a music city, this is a must read for musicians and non-musicians alike.

“The thing I have learned because I haven’t been in the music industry except through Cohere Bandwidth is that the people who are supporting the musicians in Fort Collins are musicians. They form the foundation of the fan base.” -Angel

Read the full article: Fort Collins is the Startup City Built on Rock-and-Roll.

Hey Neighbor! Meet: Collin Ingram

Creating shared rehearsal space in downtown Fort Collins means that Cohere Bandwidth has some super-awesome neighbors. Like one of the directors of the Downtown Artery, Collin Ingram: dog owner, bass player, and occasional wearer of skintight latex costumes.

Hey Neighbor! Meet: Collin Ingram

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But first: a #selfie. Photo by William Knudsen.

How long have you been in the neighborhood, and what brought you here?
I’ve lived in Fort Collins for about three years now. I grew up in a little town near Yellowstone called Cody, Wyoming. I was lucky to be surrounded by some great musical mentors growing up and started making a living playing bass by the time I went to college. I went to music school in Minnesota for a bit, but after my first winter out there I was ready to head home and be warm again. A couple months later I drove down to Laramie to audition for the music program at the University of Wyoming. Since I was in the neighborhood, I paid some absurd amount of money for Radiohead tickets at the 1st Bank Center. On our way to Broomfield, my friend Dave and I stopped for lunch in Old Town. It took five minutes of me being in Fort Collins to know this was where I wanted to live. I moved down here a few months later.

What do you do for work … and play?
I’m one of the directors of the Downtown Artery, an arts and music organization here in Fort Collins. We have an art gallery, studio spaces, a coffee shop, a bar, a recording studio, a record label, and a live music venue. I mainly focus on our recording studio (State Line Studios) and our record label (Strange Light Records). I get to do fun stuff like produce and release albums, and slightly less fun stuff like working on record contracts.

I don’t play music as often as I used to, though I still perform occasionally with various groups, such as my hip-hop band Party Art and Libby Creek Original, when the opportunity arises.

I’ve recently grown fond of putting on a skintight latex bicycle costume, hopping on a ridiculously light bicycle I spent way too much money on, and riding until my skintight latex bicycle costume smells really bad. After that I’ll usually drink a beer and pretend that everyone in the bar isn’t secretly judging me on how ridiculous I look in my skintight latex bicycle costume and how bad said skintight latex bicycle costume smells.

If I’m not doing any of that stuff above I’m probably cuddling with my dog, Shia LaPup, or looking for someone to argue about TV shows with.

What makes your neighborhood unique?
First and foremost, I really dig how a healthy percentage of the people I care most about in this world live within a four block radius of my apartment. It really does the heart good to run into any number of your friends whenever you take your dog out for a walk or run to the grocery store.

It’s also important to me that I can count the number of chain restaurants, fast food joints, or big box stores in Old Town on one hand. I don’t think people quite realize how important small businesses are to fostering things like a healthy arts and music scene. So many Old Town businesses have local art hanging on the wall and host concerts (even if they realistically don’t have room for them.) That’s the kind of stuff that puts towns on the map. Chipotles and the like are cool but they have the tendency to suck the lifeblood out a neighborhood. When was the last time you saw a great band at Subway, or a local art show at T.G.I. Friday’s?

What makes YOU unique?
Once a year I read a book that I know I’m going to absolutely hate. I don’t really why I started doing this and I REALLY don’t know why I keep doing it. Anyway, past examples include:

  • The O’Reilly Factor For Kids: A Survival Guide for America’s Families by Bill O’Reilly
  • Amish Vampires In Space by Kerry Nietz
  • The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee
  • Left Behind: Nicolae — The Rise of Antichrist by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

I’m thinking about reading Go Set A Watchman this year. Does that count?

Oh! Also! Remember how I said I like arguing about TV shows earlier? Here’s some of my unpopular opinions. If anybody want’s to argue with me about these hit me up!

  • Season 9 of “The Office” was better than any of the Michael Scott seasons.
  • This season of “True Detective” is just as good, if not better, than last season.
  • “The Wire” is WAY better than “Breaking Bad” ever dreamt of being. That being said, Breaking Bad is the second-greatest TV show of all time.
  • Daenerys Targaryen is awful. Like seriously. She’s the worst.

The series finale of “How I Met Your Mother” was nearly perfect. That was the best possible way to end that show. Really. I mean that.

Favorite neighborhood haunts:
Avo’s is a really wonderful bar. Pour Brothers is also a really wonderful bar. Social, The Whiskey, The Forge, and The Mayor are all really wonderful bars. Choice City has really great food. So does The Mainline, Pickle Barrel, Cozzola’s, and The Kitchen. I really want Surfside to open up again. I miss their pizza (among other things). Sometimes I wonder how many gallons of Illegal Pete’s queso I’ve consumed this year. That stuff’s good for you, right? I think I should point out that Mountain Cafe DEFINITELY DOESN’T have breakfasts that are just as good as the ‘popular’ breakfast spots without ever having a wait. Harbinger Coffee is next level and Starry Night has the best Americanos in the world. I get my hair cut at His & Her Salon. They’re wonderful people. Lee’s Cyclery and Peleton Cycles and probably have the friendliest, most helpful staffs in the world.

In your opinion, what makes a good neighbor?
Good neighbors are constantly looking for excuses to help each other out. This is really, really, important. Good neighbors support small businesses in their neighborhood. Good neighbors go to as many of those city council and community meetings as they can possibly bear to go to. Good neighbors go to shows (and buy merch). Good neighbors tell local artists and musicians how much they appreciate their work. Good neighbors tell everyone how much they appreciate them. This is really, really, important.

Current soundtrack to a day in your life:

  • Tame Impala’s new album Currents is genius.
  • Jason Isbell’s new album Something More Than Free is also very good. Much better than I was expecting it to be.
  • Father John Misty’s album I Love You Honeybear finally clicked for me a couple weeks ago. Such a wonderful album.
  • I found this album Peter Gabriel released in 2011 called Scratch My Back. It’s just Peter and a chamber orchestra covering everybody from Neil Young and Paul Simon to Bon Iver and Arcade Fire. It’s stunning.
  • On the subject of Arcade Fire I finally realized last month they are actually an amazing band. The Suburbs is incredible.
  • I’m still completely floored by how good Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Sufjan Steven’s Carrie & Lowell are. Two of the best albums of the decade released within a couple weeks of each other. What an amazing time to be alive.
  • Meek Mill’s Wanna Know is a bumping track.

COHERE BANDWIDTH OPENS REHEARSAL SPACE IN DOWNTOWN FORT COLLINS

Shared practice space for local musicians to celebrate grand opening on June 27 in Old Town

Arliss Nancy courtesy Craig Okraska of Chromatic

Arliss Nancy courtesy Craig Okraska of Chromatic

Fort Collins, Colo., June 9, 2015 — After two and a half years of planning, preparation and construction, Cohere Bandwidth announced today that it will open its doors on Saturday, June 27 for musicians looking for rehearsal space. Two fully backlined practice rooms featuring high-quality gear, secure access and state-of-the-art sound mitigation are available for bands to book online at coherebandwidth.com starting today. Located at 317 Jefferson St. in downtown Fort Collins, Cohere Bandwidth is housed in the same building as The Downtown Artery’s new music venue, also scheduled to open June 27.

“While the entire process has been lengthy, the result is completely worth it,” said Cohere Bandwidth owner Angel Kwiatkowski. “The location couldn’t be more perfect. We’ve been able to construct this safe, comfortable, convenient workspace for musicians in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, and it’s housed within the artistic ecosystem and creative community that’s blossoming at The Downtown Artery. The entire building is filled with people helping, inspiring and collaborating with one another, and the possibilities inherent in that are endless.”

Cohere Bandwidth offers plug-and-play hourly practice space for local and touring musicians, and was designed after extensive research and input gathered from several Colorado bands. Hourly rehearsal rates are set at $20, but a limited number of monthly memberships are also available at $145 for 8 hours of rehearsal time. Members of Cohere Bandwidth are also eligible for discounts and freebies from local merchants, including food, beer, gear, professional creative services, clothing, and more. Members also get advance priority access to booking, so they can choose and reserve regular rehearsal times in the Cohere Bandwidth schedule.

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Kwiatkowski, who owns and operates Cohere Community (shared office space for independent creative professionals and remote workers), was motivated to create shared rehearsal space for musicians after hearing the story of local bands Fierce Bad Rabbit and Wire Faces having their practice space robbed.

“I was pretty horrified at the story, not just of the robbery, but of the conditions musicians typically work in,” she said. “The more I learned about what bands need in a practice space, the more parallels I saw between the coworking community and the music community. Why should our artists be forced to work in substandard conditions? They’re business owners, too, and deserve a workplace designed to suit their needs.”

To make sure the space continues to be inspired and guided by the musicians it serves, Kwiatkowski hired drummer Shane Zweygardt of Wire Faces as Cohere Bandwidth’s General Manager.

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“It feels good to know that one of the musicians that was the catalyst for this whole project is now helping to run the rehearsal space,” Kwiatkowski said. “Shane is one of the most respected artists in the community and his input has been invaluable as we build the space.” Zweygardt was formerly a long-time employee of Colorado Drum and Percussion, the now-defunct local music store that was once in the building Cohere Bandwidth occupies.

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Cohere Bandwidth will host a private party for friends and family on Friday, June 26, but has purposely scheduled the public opening of the practice spaces to coincide with the Downtown Artery’s venue grand opening, to demonstrate the synergy and camaraderie between the two businesses. “They’re the best neighbors we could ask for and we can’t wait to celebrate with them,” Kwiatkowski said.

Cohere Bandwidth offers 24/7 access via unique door key codes. Online booking for June 27 and dates beyond is available immediately. Bands can register online at coherebandwidth.com and purchase hourly rehearsal time or monthly membership as needed.

The Downtown Artery venue grand opening on June 27 features Denver bands Itchy-O, Super Bummer and Panther Martin, along with Fort Collins favorites Stella Luce.

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Cohere Bandwidth and Cohere Community

MEDIA CONTACT: Angel Kwiatkowski

angel@coherecommunity.com

(970) 219-4061

www.coherebandwidth.com

317 Jefferson St., Fort Collins, CO 80524

 

For more information about The Downtown Artery, please contact:
William Knudsen, Director of Marketing and Development

william@downtownartery.com – (970) 682-2668

www.downtownartery.com

252 Linden St., Fort Collins, CO 80524

Check-in & Check-It-Out: Open Friday for FoCoMX!

For a while there, it seemed like this moment might never come, but now the week has actually arrived. We are (kinda*) open!

Starting Friday at FoCoMX

*We’re not yet open for band rehearsals … however: beginning at noon on Friday, April 24, we ARE acting as the primary check-in point for the seventh annual Fort Collins Music eXperiment (FoCoMX). FoCoMX, presented by the Fort Collins Musicians Association, is a two-day festival showcasing bands from Northern Colorado in venues throughout Old Town Fort Collins. It. Is. Awesome. ! Festival sponsors, bands and VIPs will have an opportunity to check out Cohere Bandwidth when they check in to pick up their wristbands for the weekend. Will-call and ticket sales for the festival will also be located just outside Cohere Bandwidth on Linden St.

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Visit www.focomx.org to buy your festival wristband!

What this means: we are welcoming literally hundreds of musicians and music lovers into our brand-new downtown rehearsal space to say hello. We are beside ourselves with excitement and joy. It’s kind of surreal — from idea to opening has been a long journey.

More Good News for Musicians

  • Every FoCoMX band will get a nice little gift from us at check-in. (If your band is playing the festival, you can pick up your wristbands from 12p – 10p on Fri. 4/24 or Sat. 4/25; our address is 317 Jefferson St. in downtown Fort Collins).
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Our gift might not be as nice as a mustache riding a bicycle, but … really, what is? You’ll still like it, we promise. P.S. this is Michael Kirkpatrick — he kicks off FoCoMX on Friday at 3:30P at Equinox.

  • Whether you’re playing FoCoMX or not, Cohere Bandwidth memberships are now available and ripe for the picking. A membership gets your band 8 hours of rehearsal time per month at a discount over our hourly rates, plus a ton of other fabulous perks you can read about here. Securing a membership for your band soon! means you’ll have a better chance of selecting the days/times you want on an ongoing basis. Non-member hourly rehearsal times are based on availability after the members choose their preferred times. Contact us ASAP if you’re interested in a membership — we only have 18 left!
  • In addition to the aforementioned fabulous perks we’ve already lined up with our friends at the Downtown Artery, we are also always on the lookout for other sweet deals for our Cohere Bandwidth musicians. Case (heh) in point: we just put together a partnership with our nearby pals at Pateros Creek Brewing Company that will give Cohere Bandwidth members a) free beer at their first rehearsal and b) after 6 consecutive months of rehearsals at Cohere Bandwidth, an opportunity to create a collaboration brew for their band with Pateros Creek. More on that later! FYI, Pateros Creek recently collaborated with Post Paradise on a Rye Pale Ale and they have developed a reputation for being awesome. And for loving local music. And they’re a block away. So yay.

Our Creative Community

We’ll be posting updates and photos throughout the week (feel free to follow along via Instagram for photos; we’re also posting some of our recommendations for must-see FoCoMX shows on our Facebook page this week). If you’re out exploring the festival — and we hope you are! — make sure to tag your social media shenanigans with #FoCoMX and #FoCoMusic so we can all stay connected.

Side note: the 2015 Creative Industries Summit takes place this week in Fort Collins also, on Thursday 4/23 and Friday 4/24. Creative entrepreneurs, emerging creatives, municipal and nonprofit cultural workers, and community leaders from throughout the state will be in town to attend and explore our city’s creative community. Say hi! (Pro tip: pop into Illegal Pete’s on Thursday night at 7:30P and catch a performance by the always-stellar Ian Cooke. After you’re utterly smitten … and you will be … you can see him again at FoCoMX on Friday night!)

Finally: THANK YOU. We’re here. Huzzah. It’s Opening Week!

Ian Cooke - photo courtesy Harper Point Photography/Articulate City

Ian Cooke – photo courtesy Harper Point Photography and Articulate City

Field Report: Road Trip to ToneVille

Those of you that follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook got a little sneak peek at the way we spent last Friday … going on an adventure to fetch a secret gift that will soon be part of our shared rehearsal space experience!

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Update — in shocking news, we have procured not just ONE gift, but TWO for you, our beloved Fort Collins music community. Gift #1: we decided the Cohere Bandwidth team needed some more enthusiastic young musical expertise, so we got you a tall and sprightly drummer!

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But not that tall and sprightly drummer. Another one:

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More Awesome Energy!
We are very excited to announce the addition of Adrian Wright to the Cohere Bandwidth team. Adrian is a tall and sprightly drummer who plays in a band called Yettie, and he is poised to step in with his bonafide brilliant musician mind should someone suddenly kidnap Shane and stuff him into the hatch of an SUV, never to be seen again. You can never have too many drummers, in our opinion. Someone’s always needing a spare. Please join us in welcoming Adrian aboard. And you should check out his band. You’ll likely see more and more of him as we move in and prepare for opening.

Speaking of preparing for opening …

More Excellent Equipment!
Gift #2 was purchased with a credit card, and required a bit of a road trip, so we shoved all our drummers in a car and drove off to Colorado Springs to get … an amplifier. It occurred to us at about the Longmont exit that maybe we should have grabbed a guitar player, too.

Julie: “do you think maybe we should have brought someone that could test this thing out?”
Angel: “Shane, can you play (surprises everyone by humming Black Sabbath’s Iron Man)?”

Then we remembered we were picking up said amp at a music store. Lucci Music, to be exact, where someone would surely know how to play some Black Sabbath if needed. Oh, and also Lucci Music is home to ToneVille Amplifiers. Ta-da!

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We mean … ta-da!tonevillerevealed

Lovingly handcrafted right here in Colorado, ToneVille amps are this beautiful blend of art and science that practically made Angel weep with joy:

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We purchased the Broadway model, which has insides made from “new old stock” tubes (a phrase, for the uninitiated, that sounds ridiculous but actually has meaning for those in the know; it refers to tubes that were manufactured in the past, but just never used. Good for built-to-last, authentic vintage sound, apparently). The Broadway’s outsides are made from black walnut and hard maple, with gorgeous dovetailed joints and a retro flair that is such a perfect fit with our branding that we nearly had to bring Julie some smelling salts.

Best of all, though, our ToneVille amp was made by Phil. We got to meet Phil and shake his hand, and talk to him about his business, and that doesn’t happen that often when you buy things these days. It was like a music farmer’s market. It was awesome.

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This is Phil. We did not make him play Black Sabbath.

Phil wrote down every individual tube included in our ToneVille for our reference. And he gave us ToneVille T-shirts. And he sat cross-legged on the floor and painstakingly took us through the features of the Broadway. If you want something akin to that experience, you can check out lots of demo videos on the Internet, like this one from Guitar World at the NAMM show earlier in January:

But what we would like most of all is for you to come experience your new gifts in person when we open, of course. When do we open? Well, we’re getting closer to exact dates, but for starters — we’ll be acting as the artist and sponsor check-in venue for FoCoMX April 24 – 25. So if yours is among the 266 bands playing at our favorite Fort Collins music festival, then we’ll see you very soon. We’ll open for rehearsal room bookings shortly thereafter and you can come try out all the amenities in our home in the Downtown Artery building, including the ToneVille amp. And the Colorado-made Mantic Effects pedals. And you can high-five our getting-increasingly-taller team.

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In the meantime, don’t forget to get your band on our wait list to stay up-to-speed on our official opening date. It’s all happening, faster than you think. We can hardly wait!

Rock ‘n’ Stole: Gear. Gone. Gah!

We know way too many bands who have had their instruments and equipment stolen. (Knowing just one is enough, really). Local bands getting ripped off was, in fact, the impetus for Cohere Bandwidth’s inception, and even though we feel like we’re doing our best to create lemonade — some jerk is always showing up with more lemons and making our musician friends miserable.
Such tales are far too abundant. Unfortunately, if you keep reading, you’ll hear another one. Fort Collins musicians Daisy and Brian (she of local bad-ass band The B.A.B.E.S. and he, the bass player for SpokesBUZZ bands Wasteland Hop AND The Echo Chamber) recently had their stuff stolen. We think that sucks.

If there is good news, it’s this: you can help. Here are some ways to do so:

  • A Community Funded project has launched where you can donate funds to help directly with gear replacement, and with Daisy and Brian’s upcoming trip to Austin for the Colorado Music Party. Check it out and give if you can.
  • Speaking of the road to Texas and supporting local bands: there’s a kickoff party in Fort Collins on Sat. March 14 that will feature several musicians headed to Austin (The B.A.B.E.S. among them). You can buy tickets for that and help put some money in their pockets that way.
  • There is also a similar sendoff event in Denver on Fri. March 6 being organized by Illegal Pete’s (Wasteland Hop is playing that one). Buy tickets here for the South Broadway shows.
  • (Super-depressing side note: if you search “stole” on Community Funded you get the Cohere Bandwidth launch project where Wire Faces tells their tale of thievery. However: “successfully funded” is nice. People are nice. Most of ’em. Also: Shane has since purchased insurance for his gear, a mere $14/mo. for $10K in coverage! So that’s sort of a lemonade of its own. Or at least an Arnold Palmer.)

We will let you know if we hear of more ways to help these bands recover their financial losses, if not their gear. It’ll be impossible to “replace” their things, of course — read on if you want to get sad and mad, and then fired up to help them out.

Here’s Daisy and Brian:

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We’re two local musicians who had our car broken into while it was parked in our driveway.

…and here, in their own words, is their “Rock ‘n’ Stole” story:

It’s just stuff, right?

Metal and plastic and inanimate things that can be replaced.
Just strings and tin and carbon fiber.
That’s what we had to keep telling ourselves as we smoked too many cigarettes, drove on autopilot, ignored texts. No one was hurt, right? I mean hell, there wasn’t even any damage to the car.
It was just stuff.
Some idiot, some dope fiend, some whatever had broken into our car the night before. The CR-V is an unassuming loser of a car. It’s covered in stickers from New Jersey to California. Its windshield is cracked.
And on the Sunday night after Valentine’s Day, it’s broken into by a thief. Broken into while parked in the driveway. Broken into while the cul-de-sac suburbia neighborhood we live in is soundly sleeping.
Broken into and relieved of close to five thousand dollars of our musical gear.
Our life work.
It’s just stuff, right?
After the moment of panic, the “did we bring it in and forget,” the call to the police, the reeling, Daisy found herself half-sitting, half-lying on the driveway, laughing and screaming and crying all at once like a madwoman.
They had played a show the night before. They’d gotten home at two in the morning, and after driving down to Denver and rocking out, they figured it’d be fine.
She couldn’t understand how it had happened, really.
It’s fine, we live in a little neighborhood far from downtown.
It’s fine, the doors are locked.
It’s fine, it’s only one night, we’ve done it before and nothing happened. 
It’s fine, it’s just stuff.  
Except that stuff is her first and only electric guitar, the Flying V she worked her ass off for to buy herself when she made up her mind to make music her life.
And the pedals – Jesus Christ, the pedalboard she’d painstakingly researched and put together.
Fast forward to the hole in my chest.
The churning in my stomach.
The thought that I have to call my mom and tell her the pedalboard she got me for my birthday in December is gone.
The pedalboard her and my dad ordered custom for me.
The pedalboard they sent to me saying
We want you to keep doing what you love.
We want you to play music
We want to help –
Here.
And some fucking asshole just broke into my car and took it.
Took it for whatever reason that will never make sense to me, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
Daisy collapsed back on the driveway, the crying over but the terrible, gnawing, twisting in her gut remaining.
But it’s just stuff, right?

Brian was on total cruise control the whole day. At first it was a typical morning – wake up, pound some coffee, get ready to meet up with Wasteland Hop, the local indie hip-hop group he plays bass in. Then the panic. The police report. The brief false hope. It wasn’t until the band was practicing that night it hit him like a sucker punch to the stomach.
It wasn’t so much like getting the wind knocked out of him. It was like having his lungs ripped out and being put on mass life support, the doctor is the police officer shrugging and saying
That’s really all we can do.
A loaner bass graciously arrives. just in time for practice that same day.
Some purple, good enough, get-the-job-done bass.
It wasn’t until his fingertips were stumbling and skipping over unfamiliar fretboards that the finality of our crisis started to creep in.
I’ve had that bass for ten years.
It’s been to Los Angeles, Wisconsin, Alaska, Austin – you name it. 
It’s been a part of so many projects, it’s been thrown across stages, it’s been abused and loved and the ultimate tool of my trade.
Yeah, remember that time –
No, don’t. Because it’s gone.
Just like that, the thing I used to fashion my soul into a vehicle others could understand and hopefully find help in, is gone.
Brian got through practice quietly suffering, pushing memories of shows and songs out of his head.
It’s just stuff, right?

They drove to Cheyenne the next day, an ultimately useless endeavor. Pawn shops ignored them, the police refused to file a report because the case originated in Colorado.
Out of their jurisdiction.
Out of their hands.
Out of their minds.
It didn’t seem to matter to them that someone could drive an hour north with our gear and it would be lost forever. See, in Wyoming, the pawn shops don’t use the same checking system for serial numbers that Colorado does. So even if something is reported missing in Colorado, complete with serial numbers and description, Wyoming doesn’t get that information.
So Brian and Daisy dropped of their information at as many pawn shops as they could before they had to head back to Fort Collins for work. And all the time, there’s that gnawing feeling.

This biting, tearing, awful plague creeping in them.
As musicians, that’s all we had.
The stuff we sunk everything we had into because we love to create, we have to create.
The stuff we bought instead of food.
The stuff we found sense in when everything else was chaos.
The stuff we used to make audiences happy, angry, awed, dance.
The stuff we worked our asses off for.
The stuff we had just perfected for the upcoming South By South West showcases.
The stuff we treasured and loved.
The stuff we kept our souls in.
But it’s just stuff, right?

Save the Date for Cinemusico: This is Spinal Tap!

While we (kind of) patiently wait out Cohere Bandwidth construction this winter, we keep looking for ways to support and connect with our community. Because that’s our favorite part anyway, and it requires zero hard hats. Fortunately, our friends at SpokesBUZZ have just the ticket for keeping our minds off our winter woes. And better yet: it’s a movie ticket! Our favorite nonprofit is bringing back Cinemusico — their music-meets-movies event series that brings songs and cinema together onscreen. The event includes the usual music community camaraderie, with local bands screening their music videos prior to a feature-length music-centric film. Cohere Bandwidth is proud to sponsor the first Cinemusico of 2015 on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m., at the Lyric Cinema Cafe.

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While the last week in February might seem like a distant point on the horizon, let us explain why you should buy a ticket NOW:

  • SpokesBUZZ hasn’t hosted a Cinemusico event since 2012 … and the community tends to turn up in force, bands AND fans
  • This particular Cinemusico will feature music videos by known rockers and current SpokesBUZZ bands Wiredogs and Shatterproof …
  • …AND a brand-new video from SpokesBUZZ alumni band Wire Faces. They haven’t release a music video in 9 months, not since Space Age Trees. It’s like we’ve all been pregnant with anticipation.
  • The new Wire Faces video includes a star-studded cast of young local actors, including members of Slow Caves and Yettie
  • …PLUS it is the product of the geniuses over at NoCoast Artists, including director Tomas Herrera

And that’s just the stuff that happens before the featured movie starts. Cinemusico’s featured movie this time around?

This is Spinal Tap

That’s right, the Rob Reiner rock-mockumentary that Time Out London named The Best Comedy Film. EVER. The only movie that IMDB rates on a scale of one to ELEVEN. The movie that celebrated its 30th birthday last year but still remains ridiculously relevant to rock and roll. We’re so excited to see it with you that it’s as if there’s a cucumber in our pants. And if that doesn’t ring any bells for you, well then you’d really better be there to brush up on your legendary rock films.

Our favorite part of the whole event is the part where we get to hang out with some of our beloved local musicians and laugh and clap and watch music movies together. We’re not gonna lie. However, it’s also pretty neat that a portion of the evening’s proceeds will support SpokesBUZZ, which is why we’re so happy to kick down for the cause. We hope you’ll get a ticket and join us for Cinemusico on Feb. 26!

Field Report: Metal, Pedals and Mantic Effects

Now that shared rehearsal space in Old Town Fort Collins is totally, officially a thing it’s time to do some more shopping for gear for the Cohere Bandwidth backline while we wait for construction to begin. On the shopping list: effects pedals. Friday being the perfect day for a little field trip, we decided it was a good idea to detour to Denver. We paid a visit to some of our more intriguing and innovative friends, Luis Etscheid and Caleb Henning, the musicians-turned-mad-scientists behind Colorado’s Mantic Effects.

Mantic (aka Mantic Conceptual) was a business born from a desire to create new sounds, good old-fashioned experimental entrepreneurial drive, and Luis’ self-confessed pedal addiction (“I have a real problem,” he says). The result: a local boutique effects pedal company with national buzz and a rapidly expanding A-list clientele after only two years on the scene.

Yeah. They’re kind of a big deal. So where else would we shop?

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Luis, tinkering.

The fellas showed us around their workshop/lab, patiently answered our questions about knobs and thingies, and of course, let us listen in on some of the Mantic magic. It was basically like being backstage at Red Rocks before a Jack White show.

Production Heads: Caleb and the Mantic mascots

Production Heads: Caleb and the Mantic mascots

We’re super excited to combine forces with Mantic and introduce more local musicians to their genius gadgetry. These are two super-duper smart guys. Angel and I admittedly tuned out for a bit when a conversation about circuit bending started blowing our minds to the point where we kinda needed a helmet. Which they totally had. Because they rocked it at Moogfest 2014 (all the way to the finals).

Mantic Moogfest Helmet

Our hope at Cohere Bandwidth is to cater to more basic needs (like reverb and distortion pedals) via the permanent backline gear, then to also introduce a beta testing/prototyping program in conjunction with Mantic so musicians at the space can demo some of the more specialized stuff. And we can, in turn, provide Mantic with some … wait for it … feedback. Heh. Funny every time.

While they recently established their first retailer relationship with Eastside Music Supply in East Nashville, the bulk of Mantic’s sales come from direct-to-musician transactions. So while we all wait excitedly for Cohere Bandwidth to open, in the meantime we of course encourage those of you with a bit of a “pedal problem” to check out the Mantic product line. They make gorgeous-yet-rugged handcrafted pedals that some of our favorite musicians love.

Mantic Faces

Wire Faces “Mantic Monday”

Thanks to Luis and Caleb for letting us into the lab! Enjoy a little music by a Mantic fan — Denver’s Alex Anderson of ManCub and Rose Quartz:

 

Composing Ourselves: Blueprints for Cohere Bandwidth

Well, in the land of shared rehearsal space, it’s back to the drawing board … nope, just kidding! — it’s forward >> to the drafting table! Or the computer version of that, anyway. We’re making more progress with Cohere Bandwidth. We’re putting pen to paper. And while we haven’t signed off on architectural plans or anything, Angel did make some drawings in her Moleskine. They don’t look like this, not even a little:

blueprint

She did, however, come back from a meeting with Amy (our soon-to-be landlady, of Downtown Artery fame) and Brandon (Amy’s construction company contact, of Downtown Artery massive renovation fame) with some knowledge and some rough sketches for the rehearsal space.

Here’s what we know thus far:

  • There’s a restroom! It’s small, and unisex, but ADA compliant, fully functional, and fully non-gross, in our plan
  • There’s one lockout room, 22′ x 15′, that band(s) can rent for the longer term, to practice and securely store their gear
  • There’s one hourly rental room, 18′ x 20′, with full backline, which is conveniently located adjacent to the Artery’s planned venue space
  • There’s a small (very small, skinny jeans only) lobby for pacing and quickly pivoting
  • There’s “lab” space allocated in the hourly room, with a repair and rumination workbench
  • There’s a door-within-a-door entry system (more security!) and a room-within-a-room construction concept (more soundproofing!)

… and there’s MUCH more to be done. The space is located in a warehouse area of the Artery building and will get new electrical, and a new HVAC system (the duct work will need careful attention in our area of the building because ventilation = sound escape route). There’s an ancient and problematic sewer pipe that will get capped off completely. There’s stuff to be rearranged and ripped apart. There’s jackhammering that will happen.

Worker with Jackhammer

But first — there’s a Proposal (Brandon’s whipping that up for us), and there’s more Planning, and there’s a Permitting Process. And those are just the Ps, who knows what Qs might need minding? … but, hey: it’s PROGRESS, our favorite P of all. We figure that if we pull the trigger in July, we’ll be open by November if all goes well. Permitting alone is scheduled to take the month of August. We’re continuing to practice Patience (our least favorite P) in the meantime.

Also: we’re looking into Pricing — a very important P for the music community. We’re working with some super-smart people to make sure we do that part right. More on that in the next post. We’re hoping you’re hanging in there and we would love to hear from you as we being to take action on the tangibles. What should we remember to absolutely do to make this work for you? What are all the don’ts and be carefuls? Because while bands will certainly come and go throughout the tenure of Cohere Bandwidth, we’re planning to build this thing to last.

Soundtrack: Risk Assessment by The Don’ts and Be Carefuls

Rehearsal Space(s): Exercising Options

Choices

Oh, hai there — we’re back with a dispatch from Cohere Bandwidth land, where the news is good but our space is still in the initial planning phases. A glimmer in our collective eye (ow!). With dates that are more fermata than firm.

Still: good stuff is happening! Like:

  • Our pals at the Downtown Artery just celebrated their one-year anniversary by flinging wide their doors once again for First Friday. Also: Angel remembered that the Artery folks were the VERY FIRST to reach out to us about collaboration and space, right after we posted our VERY FIRST blog post about the idea. Isn’t it funny how things all come together eventually?
  • Speaking of eventually — while we work on our plans for Cohere Bandwidth, we promised to keep our ears to the ground about other spaces, temporary or otherwise, where bands might be able to practice. The folks at Scene Magazine  clued us into this little tidbit:

    Yum Yum’s/Ma’s Juice Bar is available to you either as a practice space or venue on Sundays 4pm-8pm. They’re located at 1300 West Elizabeth, next to McDonald’s west of campus, on the corner of Elizabeth and City Park – a great time to set out for more live music as the weather warms up.

    Contact Scene for more deets!

  • We sat down with Jahna, one of the very nice founders of the Fort’s forthcoming Higher Ground Rehearsal Studios, and got the scoop from her on their progress. They’re working on three fully-equipped rehearsal rooms that will be available for rental at hourly rates. Rates correspond to room sizes; they’re planning a 19′ x 20′, a 22′ x 25′ and a 50′ x something-gah-I-can’t-read-my-own-writing.(But you know, small/medium/large). While their construction is underway, they have their 20′ x 12′ front room for rent NOW should you simply want to see about temporary practice space. Get in touch and she’ll give you the scoop.
  • We’re still building our waiting list so we can keep interested parties apprised of our Cohere Bandwidth breakthroughs and let you know when we’re ready to rock and roll. Contact us to get on the email list!
  • We submitted a revised grant proposal to the Fort Collins Office of Economic Health — fingers crossed; we’ve added a bit of a laboratory component (which has already inspired more offers of help from the music community, yay)
  • We wrote a piece for a digital publication called New Worker Magazine that has inspired contact and support from across the country, including some funny chats about snake sex (<<you’ll have to read the article), plus an offer of advice/maybe even a field trip from a musician from Manhattan who has been involved in running rehearsal spaces in NYC. He started that email out with “By way of convincing you I’m not a weird rando …” and then included a numbered list of non-weird-rando attributes, which was lovely 🙂
  • We found out about this awesome project going on in Boise and we’re going to make them our BFFs

So — there you have it. Progress is progressing along at its own tempo, like it does. More to come! We’ll let you know if we hear of other opportunities for practicing while we fuss over blueprints and continue to make plans with the help of bands. We will likely be reaching out to some of you for some more advice as we get to delve into MOAR DETAILS soon, so brace yourself for another round of interrogation, possibly with more pizza. Because this is your space, and we love you. And pizza.

I love pizza! (integrale)

 

 

 

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