Stitched Up Heart

106.6 KBPI Presents

Stitched Up Heart

Hell Or Highwater, Autumn Burn, Thousand Frames

Mon Jun 26 2017

6:00 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

Stitched Up Heart
Stitched Up Heart
Stitched Up Heart is an American hard rock band based in Los Angeles, California. The group was founded in 2010 by vocalist Alecia "Mixi" Demner and guitarist Merrit Alfero, later joined by bassist Randy Mathias and drummer James Decker.
Hell Or Highwater
Autumn Burn
Autumn Burn
Hailing out of Northern Colorado Autumn Burn is a band that blurs the edge of metal, hardcore, and rock. Their sounds are dynamic, hard-hitting, as well as sensitive in a risk-taking truly EXPLOSIVE fashion. Autumn Burn is a band that by design makes you take notice. Members include Eric Romero - Vocals & Guitar, Kent Cutler - Bass, and Matt Durnil - Drums. Keep posted with the boys and their travels at

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In Colorado's massive hard rock and metal scene, one power-trio is spearheading a movement of local progressive metal with a unique addition to the genre. Making more noise on the local scene with every show they perform, Autumn Burn has gained Colorado's attention as one of its top progressive rock/metal groups.
Fort Collins-based Autumn Burn ( consists of Eric Romero (vocals/guitar), Kent Cutler (bass) and Matt Durnil (drums). The sound they bring to the table isn't your run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter rock or metal, and because of that, it makes it hard to pinpoint the group's genre of rock.
Romero describes the band's sound simply as, "Us," then further defines Autumn Burn's thrashing sound as progressive, melodic hard rock and metal.
Autumn Burn pulls from a combined extensive pool of musical influences, including Faith No More, Dream Theater, Acid Bath, and older sounds of Metallica and Killswitch Engage, just to name a few. From out of this, only an extremely unique style could emerge.
Romero says he first picked up a guitar at the age of 8, but quit soon after. It wasn't until six years later that he decided to give it another go.
"Autumn Burn really began about four years ago," Romero says. "I started recording guitar parts I had written, and put some beats to it. I sang for like four years, and sang badly for about two of them."
At the time, Romero was the vocalist for another band in Loveland. This was how he met Cutler, who was serving as the band's bassist. After both taking their leave from the Loveland band, the two musicians got together to form the original foundation of Autumn Burn.
The year 2007 has seen several lineup changes for the band, mainly in the position of the drummer. However, Romero and Cutler sound certain that they have found the missing piece to the puzzle … enter Matt Durnil.
With 16 years of experience on drums under his belt, Durnil brings a new form of technical ability to the table. Called a human metronome by the rest of the band, Durnil shows the progressive rock/metal drumming ability that suits Autumn Burn's sound perfectly.
"He's not just an addition to the band, he's an integral part," Cutler says. "We love his energy, his input and his creativity. You run across a lot of drummers, and a lot of them are sloppy. Matt is just stuck on time and tempo."
Durnil adds, "What I love most about this band is how we all work as a team. We can try a lot of different styles, and that really opens up the opportunity to change the rules of rock."
One of the rules they're changing is by not sticking with one band-defining sound. By hopping around from genre to genre, they have created a sound that as a whole keeps the crowd interested and into the songs from beginning to end. Through this, Autumn Burn has gained the reputation as a band true to its roots, with commercial appeal, as well as appeal to both the rock and metal underground. They have even gained airplay on multiple occasions on Denver's 106.7 KBPI.
"Uncle Nasty likes our sound, so we're killing it on Metalix," Romero says, referring to Uncle Nasty's nightly hardcore and metal radio show on KBPI. "I mean, we're the softest band played on the show, but we still get played a lot. We even got played twice in the same night on the show. So, we do have that ability to be played on the radio."
Autumn Burn uses a writing strategy that gives every member of the band equal exposure. Avoiding a natural occurrence in rock and metal bands, they stay away from writing songs that makes one individual the lead focal point, which would force the rest into the background.
"We try to write songs in which everyone can stand out, but not too much," Romero says. "Each song is a feeling or an emotion in and of itself."
Romero explains that recently they had attempted to make Autumn Burn a four-piece group, but the addition of a second guitarist didn't work out like they had hoped.
"The guy was a good guitar player, but he was too young," Romero says. "He wasn't really ready to run with the big dogs yet."
However, the group hasn't given up on the idea of a second guitarist quite yet. They are hoping that before the year is out, Autumn Burn will have four members in the band.
"With Eric having to be stationary with his guitar behind the mic, we're kinda restricted. That pretty much leaves me to be the only one roaming the stage to work the crowd," Cutler says, to which Romero agrees, adding, "We're missing that power of a two-guitar band, we need another. We have an awkward setup right now, and we can't have that. We're looking to have another guitarist within the month, and that's when the power can explode."
Saying they're looking for a like-minded individual, Autumn Burn wants a guitarist who can fit right into the already dynamic group of musicians with a professional take on being in a band.
"We're not just players, we're a family. We're all brothers," Romero says. "But being in a band is also like doing a business deal. We want someone who can sit down, write music and collaborate with everyone else. We want someone who can create good music and be professional about it, yet still have fun doing it. Because, if it's not fun, why do it?"
One thing Autumn Burn is looking to accomplish in the near future is going into the studio and recording a full-length album. They have discussed the possibility of beginning the recording of their material in December, which is one reason for the unofficial timeline they have set for themselves to add a fourth member.
"Its not the money that's holding the album off, it's the people," Cutler says. "We want everything to be right. We've been checking into a few places to record at, so once the lineup is solidified, we'd like to begin. We want to have a blast doing it, but we also want it to be something we can be proud of. We're not going to go in and slam a recording out. It needs to be an album we feel confident putting our names on."
Either way you look at it, one thing for sure is people can look forward for new music to come from Autumn Burn in the near future.
The members of Autumn Burn have a different outlook on the state of the local rock and metal scene in Colorado. Hailing from Fort Collins, they are near the epicenter of what is quite possibly Colorado's largest death metal scene.
Northern Colorado has traditionally been home to some of the state's most popular local death metal bands, yet Cutler isn't so sure local music is heading in the right direction.
"Some say the scene is growing, but I think it's really dieing," Cutler says. "I've been around the music scene in Fort Collins for many years, and there are a lot of good bands. But there are too many death metal bands. Don't get me wrong, I like death metal. But with a lot of bands now, I can't understand the vocals. And, like a lot of other people, if I can't understand the vocals, I can't get into it. Some of the older death metal bands suffer from this too, and attendance has dropped because of it. Bands that have been around for years are still playing the same places they were when they started."
Romero adds, "Around that area, we get a lot of contrasting gigs. Sometimes, we're the softest band there, playing gigs where all the other bands are death metal. But we also get a lot of gigs where we're the heaviest."
As a whole, the group feels there's an element of hypocrisy in Denver regarding music.
"A lot of people say they love music, but they don't go out to support local acts," Romero says. "There really needs to be a Renaissance."
With Colorado bands such as The Fray making it nationally, Cutler thinks it is great for all bands in the state.
"Even though they're not metal, it's still good exposure for all Colorado bands," Cutler says. "It brings more music scouts into Colorado, and more bands will get noticed."
The members of Autumn Burn say they will take the future of the band as it comes, with the utmost optimism for success. Simply stating that the future holds, "Anything and everything," they believe the band's success lies in their own hands.
"Life's what you make it," Cutler says. "We don't care about money; we care about the feeling of the crowd. We enjoy our music and get into it, and we hope people feel the same way that we do."
Thousand Frames
Thousand Frames is the newest alternative rock band that is making waves in the Denver music scene. Started in January 2013, Kelsey, Kyle, and Joey make up the alternative rock trio. They bring influences from rock, pop, and hard rock to make the sound that they want to be known for. Most importantly, the huge sound that they are going for comes from the influence of electronic/dance music. Thousand Frames is ready to rock many of audiences with their unique yet powerful music.
Venue Information:
Marquis Theater
2009 Larimer Street
Denver, CO, 80205