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Strange Americans / Press

“When bands take to the road to tour in support of a new album, they play a lot of shows in a lot of different venues –some small, some cavernous, all of them unique. The trick is to adapt to the room, so that the songs connect with the audience — whether that’s 12 people or 1200. Strange Americans is one of those bands.”

“Currently touring the state in support of their sophomore album, That Kind of Luster, Strange Americans have made quite the impression on the Denver music scene. Local bands such as FaceMan, The Mayit and The Belle Jar all sing the praises of the Americana rock quintet, and for good reason. Strange Americans have demonstrated their incredible talent in their recordings and live performances.”

“There needs to be a third understanding of “classic rock,” one that describes rock music made today that has a classic sound. Perhaps we could call it “neo-classic rock.” Denver’s Strange Americans would fit comfortably under this label.”

“In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straight-forward, no frills rock and roll, and a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, but presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it.”

“...at times they just sit back and let the lead guitar fly for a bit before crashing into home with slam-steady drum beats.”

“After establishing themselves as one of Denver’s bands to watch through live shows… Strange Americans have finally released a full-length album. A Royal Battle is a soaring debut that mixes country, Americana and rock ‘n’ roll to create a sound that is at once familiar and exciting. For a debut, Strange Americans have surpassed expectations. In fact, they may have put out one of the best local releases of the year.”

“A Royal Battle is certainly a release in which the members of Strange Americans can take pride. The group succeeded in injecting a lot of fervor of the live shows into the more rocking cuts. But it also had little difficulty reeling things in on slower tunes… After all, this isn’t exactly your everyday, standard brand of Americana.”

“The 6-piece Denver band classify themselves as Americana… and they rock… their strong harmonies and appearances by the eerily soulful B-3 electric organ, the harmonica and the mandolin really take their music from really good, to really great.”

“Barroom rock ain’t all fuzzy guitars and hoarse vocals. Good barroom rock needs the basis of strong songwriting, and Denver’s Strange Americans do so wonderfully on their debut. It’s a white-hot mix of Drive-By Truckers and Crazy Horse with some awesome pedal steel.”

“#14 Record of 2012 by Colorado Sound, #7 Peoples Choice”

“For a debut, Strange Americans have surpassed expectations. In fact, they may have put out one of the best local releases of the year.”

“A Royal Battle continues on, gracefully straddling a rickety picket fence of 1970s FM rock on one side and outlaw country on the other, teetering back and forth just enough to keep it consistently fresh and interesting. It’s truly a wonderful album for such a young group.”

“Strange Americans are Denver’s up and coming Americana rock band. Part folk rock, part classic rock. Its like Dawes made sweet, sweet love to My Morning Jacket on a writhing pile of your dad’s favorite bands. As appetizing as that sounds, the energy and pure musicianship of Strange Americans will blow you away. Matt Hoffman’s golden voice forges a path through huge slices of electric sound. Strange Americans just keep getting better. Their new songs fill a void in their live show I didn’t even know existed. G to C is of the opinion that there is no better rock band in Denver right now. Take notice, rest of the world. Strange Americans are coming for you.”

“...it all comes back to feeling and authenticity, and that’s something Strange Americans have in spades. This band, which formed in 2010, has made all the right moves and recorded a debut album that listens like a much more mature effort.”

“a certain electricity filled the air. Perhaps it was because the other spectators knew what was in store; but, I was blown away when Hoffman belted out the first few lines of Benji’s Pjs. Much like a schizophrenic, I am prone to chasing ideas through my head when preparing to write; but, Hoffman’s vocals demanded attention, slicing through my inner peanut gallery and sucking me into the present. The lyrics of the fourth song took me beyond the state of direct correlation I was experiencing, “there’s a kid in me that says we’ll get what we deserve.” The foot stompings around me told me I wasn’t alone. ”

“The guys that make up the band are incredibly talented and genuine and their strong harmonies and appearances by the eerily soulful B-3 electric organ, the harmonica and the mandolin really take their music from really good, to really great.”