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Inactivists / Press

“...the outfit has a knack for penning incredibly catchy songs that creep back up on you in unguarded moments, not just because they're funny, but because the music is genuinely inventive and well-crafted. Curiously operating on the fringe of the local underground scene, the Inactivists have garnered high praise for bringing together musical virtuosity and a keen sense of the absurd.”

“The Inactivists, are best described as a cross between Zappa, Danny Elfman, Tenacious D and the Commodores.”

The Yellow Scene Magazine

“Lundy is quite an accomplished thereminist. The musicianship throughout the rest of the group was just as sharp. And they spent zero time taking themselves seriously. With the incongruity between the bright, punchy nerd-rock and the surrounding repellent digs, it was like watching an episode of The Muppet Show in prison.”

Dave Flomberg - Rocky Mountain News

“Beloved Denver art-rockers the Inactivists have always seemed to stray a bit off the conventional path, but that’s one of the things that makes the band bizarrely endearing.”

“Apart from their sweet-ass ukulele and theremin, the Inactivists had some tight songs that featured fairly complex but never overblown arrangements and a singer dressed like a retarded six year old, complete with helicopter beanie. The combination boldly stated, "Yeah, we're pretty smart, but we're not afraid to pretend that we're even dumber than you are," which is a powerful message. ”

Cory Casciato - Westword, Backbeat

“As annoying as heavily distorted ukulele and Theremin can be, though, Dreaded Concept Album is an undeniably witty swipe at the type of prog-rock extravagance that The Inactivists, ironically enough, demonstrate they're fully capable of.”

AV Club

“With The War on Jazz Hands, The Inactivists are doing what it does best: Making provocative upbeat songs that separate those who have a sense of humor and like to have a good time from those who don’t.”

“The combination of instruments and humorous off-kilter lyrics make the Inactivists sound like Morphine and Primus playing a set of Frank Zappa covers.”

JeffCo News

“The Inactivists are friends and maybe the closest thing to what we do in Denver, at least in their sense of aggressive and twisted nerdiness. ”

Little Fyodor - Westword Interview

"Nerd-punk" taken to the extreme with eccentric instruments, off-beat arrangements, and comic relief.

The Denver Post

“Their quirky songs fall somewhere in the no-man's land between Jazz and Rock.”

Steve Graham - Colorado Music Buzz

“Denver's own Inactivists remind me of a certain genre of New Orleans music made by punks who love Tom Waits and live in a city full of working jazz musicians who get off their gigs at midnight and proceed to drown their sorrows in whiskey and outlandish music.”

Sarah Jaffe - Kaffeine Buzz

“They play it straight- if by straight you mean Beefheartian renditions sung by Kermit the Frog. The instrumentation, while including your standard guitar/bass/drums also features a plinking ukulele while a theremin weaves in and out of the mix. ”

Ben Levisohn - Enfuse Magazine

“They go beyond mere novelty to, well, novelty-plus.”

Michael Roberts - Westword review of Dreaded Concept Album

“One of the best records I have ever received here in the studio that has one of the funniest songs ever on it that I just can't play for you but you got to get the record and listen to it. ”

Jake Schroeder - 99.5 The Mountain

“If you've heard the Inactivists, if you've seen them live, theremin and everything, you know it ain't quite normal. It may not be all there, but they're worth checking out.”

Alf - KTCL 93.3

“As self-deprecating as they are innovative, the nerd-friendly members of the Inactivists take a playful approach to pop confection. But what exactly to call it? Theremin-addled funk? Clarinet-driven spazz-lounge? Jazz-baiting excursions into the darkest underbelly of the 4H Club? It's all that and more, Poindexter. ”

Westword's best of 2005

“Difficult to pigeonhole, the Inactivists seem to channel the experimental nature of Lothar and the Hand People, the playfulness of They Might Be Giants and the DIY spirit of the Minutemen.”

John La Briola - West Word