Wiredogs drummer Stefan Runstrom spent summer of 2014 as a driver for Riot Fest in Denver, and got the opportunity of a lifetime, shuttling Iggy Pop around during his stay. On one trip, according to Runstrom, Pop put down a newspaper after reading a story about a musician and commented “Kill the artist. Hype the trash.” So when the Wiredogs went into the Blasting Room to record their latest album, Pop’s comment not only stuck, but became the title of this Vans Warped Tour-ready release.
The Denver band’s modern punk style is bombastic and upfront throughout (except for maybe when they sing the refrain “killing the artist/hyping the trash” during the disc’s opener “Violence.” The group does lose a few points for occasionally putting forth a phony accent on their vocals, but otherwise it’s exactly what you’d want modern pop punk to be – edgy, aggressive, cathartic and fun.
Marquis Theater | January 24
WIREDOGS - Kill The Artist Hype The Trash
The Denver band’s modern punk style is bombastic and upfront throughout. It’s exactly what you’d want modern pop punk to be – edgy, aggressive, cathartic and fun.