Punk music might not scream sentimentality, but friendship is what keeps the fourteen-year-old group together Elway to create.
âYou end up having a pretty tight community around music,â says singer Tim Browne. âNobody really makes any money. They are just there for their passion for this genre.
In 2010, the group signed with Red Scare Industries and “played concerts or toured with pretty much everyone who’s been on that label,” Browne continues. Two Red Scare artists even unwittingly helped forge the title of the band’s new two-track release, English wishbone, which fell earlier this month.
The songs arrive a week before Elway returns to the stage with three shows in the Denver area over the weekend of October 1 – opening for none other than a few fellow Red Scare comrades, The Menzinger and Broadway calls.
Browne says he fell into punk music during his high school years in a conservative small town in Colorado “for failing to become an athlete, a cop, or a meth addict.” There was a political side to music that he agreed with, but it was also a good excuse to get drunk and jam with friends.
He formed a four-piece band called 10-4 Eleanor while attending the University of Fort Collins at the end of the year. He developed the group with the help of former drummer Garrett Carr and his current comrades Joe Henderer (bass) and Brian Van Proyen (guitar). William Orender eventually replaced Carr as the drummer.
Then 10-4 Eleanor changed her name to Elway in 2010 when the band signed with Red Scare, and the band members called their sound “a unique, intoxicating take of a proven formula: aggressive punk rock with melodies. flights â.
They received instant national spotlight, but only because Denver Bronco John Elway sued them in 2011 for using his name. He then surrendered his case. âWe had an invaluable piece of public relations over the course of a month,â says Browne. They spoke to national news outlets like AP and ESPN and “became snotty assholes on the national stage, which was funny,” Browne adds. “And then it faded pretty quickly.”
Yet Elway continued to perform up to 200 annual shows for a number of years, until the band grew tired of being broke and driving in a nearly broken down van. Today, Elway members are scattered across the country: in Philadelphia; Chicago; Johnson, Colorado; and Denver. And they all pursue full-time careers. Browne works as a software engineer.
While stability might not seem “as conducive to angry or aggressive music, as I became more secure in my life, my relationship with creating art has become so much more intimate and fruitful,” Browne says. “It’s much more meaningful because I absolutely want to play music and I don’t feel like I have to.”
This state of mind prompted the recording of Elway’s next album, due for release in 2022. It explores “the existential discomfort that I personally felt, to which I was unwittingly married, that there is or is not a pandemic, âBrowne explains. “It’s just a lot more obvious when the world is falling apart so blatantly.”
An example is “Kronos V. Kairosâ, Which was not included in the album but is the B-side single released on September 24th. The mood of the song is disparate and disjointed, passing from one section to another. âThis is how I felt for a while during the pandemic,â Browne said.
He wrote the track after visiting a 7-Eleven and seeing another customer cash in scratch lottery tickets only to buy more scratch tickets. Something in the scene seemed dystopian. Since Browne was “already sort of the wrong way,” he remembers having a little breakdown, breaking up and using his agony to create a storyline for the song.
“English wishbone“- the single from side A – sets a very different scene. The title refers to Sam russo and James Hull from Apologies, I don’t have one – both Red Scare artists and “twiggy and waifish English”, says Browne. Together they remind him of a triangle. And hints to lines in two of their originals complete Elway’s song’s “melancholy memory of being young, reckless, and in love … I wanted to pay homage to them.”
In their own way, the two songs lend themselves to the central question of the entire album: “Are humans good?” Are we doing well with each other and the world we live in? Is it really the best of all possible worlds? Browne explains.
Whether or not he comes to a conclusion on the album will have to wait for its release, but until then, Browne can’t wait to get back on stage with his pals for the first time in two years. This is the reason why the group continues to play – for the sake of being together.
Even “when the world seems to be balanced on the hairpin,” adds Browne. They can always “pretend [are] much like before, for only three nights.
to listen The English Wishbone here. The Elway Show in Denver with The Menzingers and Broadway calls Saturday October 2 at the Marquis Theater is sold out, but tickets are still available for the band’s show in Fort Collins on Friday October 1 at Washington’s, 132 Laporte Avenue, and a Colorado Springs show on Sunday October 3 at Black sheep, 2106 Avenue Platte Est.