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Tomorrow night, One Flew West are hosting their sold out EP Release show at The Larimer Lounge, and lucky for you, we got a sneak preview of their new Selective Memory EP, as well as a pair of tickets to send you to the show!
It’s safe to say that we’ve been obsessed with One Flew West since Denver was first introduced to this folk-pop sextet through KTCL 93.3’s “Hometown For The Holidays” competition last winter. Their first single, “Kind of Love” has all the trappings of a successful radio single: witty lyrics, a deceivingly addicting chorus, and the gentle addition of horns, bringing the song new life with it’s playful inclusion. 

The new Selective Memory EP steps up to the expectations set by the single, proving that One Flew West is more than a one hit wonder with solid songs to stand on, and room for these young artists to continue to grow. Opening track “Had it All” begins with a tantalizing melody line reminiscent of early 2000’s rock from the likes of Third Eye Blind and Something Corporate, accompanied by a heartwarming trumpet that immediately gets your head bobbing. Lead singer Linden Jackson’s voice glides through verses and chorus' with an ease and timbre that feels as familiar as your favorite drink on a Friday night. Nothing about this EP feels forced or out of place, a welcome change compared to so many artists who are focusing on trying to stand out, rather than standing up with solid music.

We get a taste of their “rock” side with the track “Motion Sickness”, featuring gang vocals and driven guitars on the chorus. The rest of the EP takes the quieter route, with tracks “In The Water” and “These Old Bones”, a touching sentiment that’s sure to tug on listener’s heartstrings. 
One Flew West’s debut does exactly what an EP should for any young band. Without backing themselves into one particular corner, the group plays their cards just right and showcases variety in their songwriting, while establishing themselves as solid performers with a good understanding of their musical identity. If there’s one thing you take away from Selective Memory, it’s that this band very clearly has a story to tell. Catchy lyrics that are easily relatable paired with familiar melodies, this EP is easy listening for anyone regardless of musical taste. A great diving board for the band, we’re curious to see what comes next.

http://www.ultra5280.com/music/2015/10/28/music-review-one-flew-west-selective-memory-ep

Prelude Press
Review by Shannon Shumaker

One Flew West’s new EP, Selective Memory starts with a bang and promises to keep listeners entertained and eager for more throughout all five songs. Each track on this EP has its own distinct sound, but as a whole it has a very solid sound as well, a feat that is hard for many bands to achieve on a five song EP. One Flew West, however, pull it off effortlessly, giving listeners five memorable, crisp and well written songs. 

“Had It All” kicks off Selective Memory with big, bright horns, and is sure to put you in a good mood right away. This song is everything an opening track should be - it’s crisp, warm, inviting and the vocals are catchy and soothing at the same time. The entirety of “Had It All” is very upbeat and easy to listen to. The following song, “Kind Of Love” is going to be the track that puts One Flew West on the map, though, and for many reasons. Musically, this track takes a more folky route than “Had It All” with acoustic guitar, but is still very upbeat and fun to listen to, especially when the horns come in later in the song. It’s the vocals and the blunt and straight to the point lyrics, however, that really make this song strong. Lines like, “You’re a sly she-devil and I hope you get hit by a bus,” are not only comical and fun to listen to, but they’re also relatable. “Kind Of Love” is about an unhealthy relationship, but instead of taking the sad and somber route, One Flew West keep things upbeat and catchy. The result is an incredibly relatable, comical and real song. 

“Motion Sickness” follows “Kind Of Love,” and while energy seems to take a bit of a dip in this song, it still has many strong points, too. The lead guitar hook is strong and catchy, and the vocal runs in this song will make you want to sing along. Bringing up the second half of the EP is “In The Water,” which shows another amazing side of One Flew West. This acoustic song is emotional, personal and beautiful. The higher and softer vocals are different from the vocal work on the rest of the album, but the change is perfect, especially for a more mellow and emotional song. “In The Water” has that same crisp sound that makes the other songs on Selective Memorystrong, but it also feels more stripped down and raw, especially in lines like, “How many stumbles does it take to hit the ground?”

Closing out Selective Memory on a positive note is “These Old Bones,” which holds some very pretty guitar work and beautiful vocal harmonies. “The dust will settle/Everything will be fine,” is a perfect message to close out the EP, and by the time “These Old Bones” comes to an end, I’m already longing for more. If One Flew West is capable of creating such diversity, strong songwriting and powerful messages and stories within five songs, I cannot wait to see what they do with a full-length.

http://www.thepreludepress.com/album-reviews/2015/10/25/one-flew-west-selective-memory

Scene & Heard
Reviewed By Alex Michaud

The year was 2001 and I know exactly where I was: sitting in a lawn chair set up between rows of cars in a parking garage. We were playing The Ataris’ “Looking Back on Yesterday” on two acoustic guitars for the rest of our friends who were standing around smoking cigarettes, trading weed and making out. None of those relationships had a chance of lasting, but we didn’t know that at the time. Those were amazing days and I hadn’t thought about them in well over a decade until I hit play on One Flew West‘s new EP, “Selective Memory“.

Every good album does at least two things: tells its own story and brings your attention to your own story — past, present and future. You know your story (and now a little bit of mine) but not this album’s story; this album’s story is one of lost love. We journey from reminiscence in  “Had It All”, stopping at playful hatred in “Kind of Love”, followed by apathy in “Motion Sickness”, depressive longing in “In The Water”, only to culminate in resignation with “These Old Bones”. Now, that description may lead you to believe that “Selective Memory” will take you on an Elliott Smith-esque journey, moping through another sad story. Oh no, it’s WAY more fun than that.

It only takes a few seconds into the album to get an idea of what I mean.: “Had It All” leads with powerfully-fructose guitar riffs, strong production, and a really clean pop hook. Alone, those qualities are enough to keep you listening to the story, but it’s what appears over time that keeps you hooked. Most notably, Linden Jackson’s lyrical content is downright hilarious — whether tongue-in-cheek or blatant. Combing through my musical catalog, I can’t remember a lyric that made me laugh out loud (with commiseration) like his line from the first single, “Kind of Love”:

And that may not even be the finest turn of phrase on the record. Other gems include snide remarks about nappy hair and split ends, which is a well-scripted gut punch to someone who’s already down. Maybe the focus on lyricism is why the band describes itself as “folk rock” or maybe it’s the auditory kickback to Frank Turner’s punk-folk ethos. When I listen to this album, though, I can’t help but hear them on stage with the likes of Say Anything, The Ataris, Panic! At The Disco, and even Paramore.

While the focus on the lyrics puts the story at the head of each song, strong musicianship throughout serves as a firm backbone that helps this record stand tall. There is a tremendous amount of skill and consideration that goes into making something this fun sound as good as “Selective Memory“. It really shows up on the second half of the EP, which is where One Flew West have placed the more pensive, acoustic tracks.

“In the Water” brings in the big ballad sound with  universally relatable themes — moments that highlight that a relationship is really over: self-doubt, despair, frustration, and the kind of self-reflection that asks “What the hell am I doing?”.

“These Old Bones” wraps up “Selective Memory” with heart-crushing vulnerability after an album full of bravado and confidence, a reminder of our (and One Flew West’s) inescapable humanity. The line, “Don’t leave me just yet”, reminds the listener just how impermanent things can be in affairs of love.

One Flew West‘s new EP “Selective Memory” is an incredibly bold effort that is definitely worth your time. It’s fun, it’s real, it’s high-quality and very relatable. If you’re not already friends with the guys, and you have a good sense of humor, you won’t be able to help but want to befriend them. The EP will be available on October 29th at the usual links.

http://sceneandheardco.com/album-review-one-flew-west-selective-memory/

Music review: ‘One Flew West’ has the usual instruments — and a cowbell

 

Julia BarnettArapahoe Pinnacle Music Critic
November 3, 2015

This band comes with some edge.

One Flew West has six members, all of whom are young and ambitious.

One Flew West classifies its music as “rock with an acoustic guitar and a trumpet,” said Jonah Bartels, drummer. The band recently played a sold-out show for its EP release Selective Memory at the Larimer Lounge in Denver.

The members are:

• Jonah Bartels – drums, percussion

• Linden Jackson – lead vocals, acoustic guitar

• Dillon Mount – keyboards

• Joe Pineda – trumpet, rhythm guitar, vocals, cowbell

• David DiSalvo – lead guitar, vocals

• Jordan Gurrentz – bass

The good news for the band is that Gurrentz was at its Oct. 29 performance. But the bad news is that he is leaving, having been offered a job at Paradigm Talent Agency in Austin, Texas. The other band members are happy for him, but say he will be missed.

Their favorite venue is the Fox Theatre in Boulder, which is near where they lived when they started the band. This is a venue they love to perform at and “can’t wait to play [there] again.”

“We grew up 20 minutes away in Longmont, and the Fox was always the holy grail of what we wanted to do as a band,” Bartels said.

Looking to the future, the band hopes to be touring in the next year. They have a West Coast tour planned.

One Flew West has had some bigger performances with the help from radio 93.3. They were the one of the top three bands in the Hometown for the Holidays competition and played Keggs and Eggs in March at Lodo’s in Denver. This has been their biggest accomplishment as a band. They opened for The Dirty Heads, 3OH!3 and Brick + Mortar.

They are grateful for the help from 93.3 and even more grateful that people keep listening to their music. It is what gives them the opportunity to continue playing shows.

The members work well together, and you can see this when they perform. They use one another’s energy, and are able to make the crowd dance. The music has a great beat, and it is hard to not want to dance to it.

A key factor that sets them apart from other bands is their trumpet player, Joe Pineda. Pineda pulls a stunt at almost every show, and this has become ta trademark.

“Joe rips his shirt off and rocks out on the cowbell,” Bartels said. “This has become a signature of ours. [Also, there are] borderline riots that take place in the audience when he runs in there with a cowbell [which] are hysterical.”

These musicians are great friends, which is one of the things that makes this band work. They understand one another and know what to do to keep improving. They have been friends since they were kids.

The name of the band came from a favorite novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” It was changed to that in July last year, after they started as Continuum (in 2010). The One Flew West name helps distinguish them from other bands, they say.

 

The Rooster

By Brian Frederick

If local accolades were enough to break out an act, One Flew West would have, eh, flown west, a long time ago. But winning the love of a hometown is only part of it. With its new EP, Selective Memory, OFW looks to keep the heavy momentum in its favor. With standout, radio-ready tracks like “Had It All” and “Motion Sickness,” the alt-folk act is ensuring a strong run in the local scene. There’s more from this group, we can feel it.

http://www.therooster.com/blog/quickie-reviews-nme-one-flew-west-jain-and-den-sorte-skol#sthash.gcqjq7Hp.dpuf

PRESS

ULTRA 5280

"One Flew West’s debut does exactly what an EP should for any young band. . .Their first single, “Kind of Love” has all the trappings of a successful radio single: witty lyrics, a deceivingly addicting chorus, and the gentle addition of horns, bringing the song new life with it’s playful inclusion. . .Without backing themselves into one particular corner, the group plays their cards just right and showcases variety in their songwriting, while establishing themselves as solid performers with a good understanding of their musical identity. If there’s one thing you take away from Selective Memory, it’s that this band very clearly has a story to tell. Catchy lyrics that are easily relatable paired with familiar melodies, this EP is easy listening for anyone regardless of musical taste. A great diving board for the band, we’re curious to see what comes next."

- Reviewed By Maddie Casey | Link

SCENE & HEARD

"One Flew West‘s new EP “Selective Memory” is an incredibly bold effort that is definitely worth your time. It’s fun, it’s real, it’s high-quality and very relatable. If you’re not already friends with the guys, and you have a good sense of humor, you won’t be able to help but want to befriend them."

- Reviewed By Alex Michaud | Link 

PRELUDE PRESS 

"Each track on this EP has its own distinct sound, but as a whole it has a very solid sound as well, a feat that is hard for many bands to achieve on a five song EP. One Flew West, however, pull it off effortlessly, giving listeners five memorable, crisp and well written songs. . .If One Flew West is capable of creating such diversity, strong songwriting and powerful messages and stories within five songs, I cannot wait to see what they do with a full-length." 

- Review by Shannon Shucker | Link

THE ROOSTER

"If local accolades were enough to break out an act, One Flew West would have, eh, flown west, a long time ago. But winning the love of a hometown is only part of it. With its new EP, Selective Memory, OFW looks to keep the heavy momentum in its favor. With standout, radio-ready tracks like “Had It All” and “Motion Sickness,” the alt-folk act is ensuring a strong run in the local scene. There’s more from this group, we can feel it."

- Reviewed by Brain Frederick | Link