The Epilogues play in Avon on Saturday
Vail, CO Colorado
An epilogue is usually found at the end of a book – the winding down of a story that brings closure to the whole work. But for the Denver-based band The Epilogues, things are just getting started. For the past few years the band’s been gaining recognition throughout the city and beyond, released two albums and are working on a third. And on top of winning Westword magazine’s Best of the West competition this year – a massive battle of the bands involving many of Denver’s finest musicians – they also played a set at the third annual Mile High Music Festival three weeks ago, a memorable milestone for a band that’s already been getting a lot of buzz.
“That was huge for us,” said Jason Hoke, drummer for The Epilogues. “That might be one of the coolest things we’ve done … we had a great crowd, great exposure there and it was just a blast to play with some really good bands there too.”
Sharing the bill with big-draw bands like Weezer, My Morning Jacket and The Dave Matthews Band is no small feat, a thought that wasn’t lost on the members of The Epilogues.
“It was insane,” Hoke said.
The Epilogues – Chris Heckman on guitar and vocals, Nate Hammond on keys, Jeff Swoboda on bass and Hoke on drums – will play a free show at Loaded Joe’s in Avon Saturday night. The band’s synthesizer and beat-heavy sound is reminiscent of The Killers and Silversun Pickups with a slightly darker tone. Heckman’s slurring vocal style adds an almost Shane MacGowan-esque (formerly of the The Pogues) touch.
“We’ve been told that our music is too pop to be indie and to indie to be considered pop,” Hoke said. “I think that’s kind of right where we like to be. We don’t want to be grouped in with a large group we just want to have our own sound.”
The band’s powerful and singular sound is one of the reasons why Laura Wilkinson, booking manager for Loaded Joe’s, wanted them to perform at the Avon venue.
“They’re kind of a dance rock band with a really upbeat sound,” Wilkinson said. “It’s something different and unique to the valley.”
Mason Miller, co-owner of Loaded Joe’s, agreed. He looks at The Epilogues show as a way to tap a Colorado music market that the mountains get very little exposure to, despite only being a few hours west.
“As far as the music scene up here in the mountains, I feel like it’s really important to try and create this bridge between Denver and here,” Miller said. “There’s so many good bands out there and if we’re able to pull them from elsewhere in the region then there’s no reason not too. And if they’re as good as these guys sound, then all the better.”
But the small stage of Loaded Joe’s is a far cry from the giant stage they performed on at Mile High Music Festival. Not a problem, according to Hoke.
“I think we do have a bigger sound that’s more appropriate for bigger venues but we can turn a small room into a big room and make it a party,” Hoke said. “To have the crowd there and feed off them and have people dancing and having fun, that’s what it’s all about. It doesn’t matter the size of the room we’re in or what the stage is like.”