Failed State puts on a raucous show |

Failed State puts on a raucous show

Andrew Harley
Special to the DailyGypsum-based band Failed State gets rowdy at Half Moon Saloon tonight at 10.

Break out the head bang, the boots, the booze, and prepare to shake frustrations off with some powerful metal.

Failed State incites a metal riot at Half Moon Saloon tonight at 10.

“It’s just metal,” chuckled Scott O’Kelly when asked about the sound. “It’s pretty powerful and loud.”

Failed State, which based out of Gypsum, has been at it for two years, and includes O’Kelly on guitar, Joel Davis on vocals, Shane Brummer on the bass and Dennis Valencio on drums.

Valencio, who hails from California, was the original drummer for Sucker.

“Joel’s singing is more of a scream; kind of like Phil Anselmo of Pantera,” said O’Kelly. “He sings a lot about girls, drinking, anger, frustration and death.”

Tonight will be Brummer’s last show with Failed State before he sets out on his own project. The band will introduce its new bassist at the show.

Failed State has never played the Half Moon Saloon before, but they’ve opened up for Quiet Riot at 8150.

“We’re definitely excited,” said O’Kelly. “Getting new venues is always good. It helps spread our music to people who don’t typically go to other clubs.”

The band has two albums out, a self-titled album and its recent release, “Lost Hope.”

“Both albums turned out great,” said O’Kelly. “We sold quite a few at the CD-release party, and we’ve been getting airplay on the radio in Grand Junction and Denver.”

Smut kicks things off for Failed State at Half Moon Saloon in West Vail tonight at approximately 9:15 p.m.

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