Wild Lives – April 22nd – Lion’s Lair

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Up and coming Denver Punk band Wild Lives took the Lion’s Lair stage on Friday night just days after their front-man, Hans Meyer, was featured on the cover of The Westword for his outstanding work with Denver’s immigrant population.  Though he, and the rest of the band, are consummate professionals during the week, what they put on display on Saturday night would make any Punk rocker from the CBGB’s scene of the late 70’s or early 80’s proud.

While their performance included hits by the likes of The Stooges and The International Noise Conspiracy, Wild Lives is by no means strictly a cover band as originals including “Call The Wolf” and “Contra Ataque” fit seamlessly into the hard edged set.  From the moment the quintet took the stage, the crowd that had come early was rewarded with Meyer’s frenetic presence, both on-stage and off, as he belted out the band penned “Sean Penn Apologists.”  As the 45 minute set progressed he used every inch of the stage, stood on barstools, writhed like Iggy Pop, and even performed a handstand.  While it could have come off as gimmicky, Meyer delivered the antics naturally and never missed a word of the fast-paced lyrics even when he was wrapped in microphone cable or hanging headfirst off the stage.  He is a true performer.

While this project is not a career path for these guys (at least not yet), it’s clear that they are serious about putting on an entertaining and memorable live show.  If you have the chance to catch a set by Wild Lives, I highly encourage you to make it a priority.


Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for Jambase.com, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!