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El Toro de la Muerte / Press

“In a world where the perfect pop record can be made in your living room — given the right equipment, sufficient talent and all the time in the world — it’s easy to lose track of the immediacy and spontaneity that make rock and roll so visceral and exciting. Fortunately, Colorado Springs-based El Toro de la Muerte hasn’t lost track. On the forthcoming EP, “Dancer These Days,” the veteran rockers prove that art-rock can still rock. While El Toro de la Muerte has won both fans and awards aplenty in Colorado Springs since its 2004 inception, the band remains relatively unknown in Denver. “Dancer These Days” should change all that. Drawing on power pop and ’90s alt rock, the record’s seven solid tracks suggest influences as diverse as the Police, Pavement and the Shins, with the kind of expert musicianship that allows the seasoned quartet to pull it all off. Above all, though, “Dance These Days” has the kind of urgency and playfulness that comes from a band that know”

“El Toro de la Muerte, roughly translated, means the Bull of Death. It's a somewhat odd moniker for a band better known for intricate harmonies and epic instrumentation than the speed, power or darkness that the English translation might have you believe. But, in other ways, it's the perfect metaphor for the Colorado Springs group's intricate and lusciously layered, alt-drenched modern bar-rock: the intimate dance of the matador and the bull, teasingly intertwined in a display of grace, seduction and, ultimately, death. That mix of beauty and drama permeated the group's 2007 debut EP, Atop the Belle Isle. An expertly drafted concept album, it was inspired by the life and death of legendary illusionist Harry Houdini. Atop complex harmonies, Toro indulged in cleverly written metaphors and double entendres, rich with imagery and urgency.”

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