By Jonathan S. Gang and Joanna Halverson
Who ’dat?: Dan Sims (vocals), Ryan Jensen (drums), Peter Henricksen (bass), Corey Woessner (guitar), Anthony Arge (keys)
Facespace Categorization?: rock/blues/indie
We’re not saying they are these guys, but they kind of sound like: pre ‘80s ZZ Top
What’s their deal?: They don’t make ’em like Mechanical Dan anymore — at least not very often. Mixing hard, ’70s influenced blues-rock with some seriously soulful vocals, Mechanical Dan recall and blend the ’60s heyday of Motown rock and soul bands like Rare Earth and the MC5 with hard hitting riffs straight out of the ’70s. Combining a classic sound and reverence for their forebearers with a modern approach that takes into account the past three decades of indie rock and punk — especially bluesy shitkickers like the Black Keys and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion — Mechanical Dan are a new link in a long chain that stretches from the Mississippi Delta in 1925 to Denver, 2010.
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O.K. When?: Sept. 10 @ Old Chicago in LoDo