Queen City Sounds Ep. 46: A Strange Happening

A Strange Happening, photo by Tom Murphy

A Strange Happening formed after Jake Adamson and Elisha Cox moved to Denver from Casper, Wyoming around a decade ago. In their new home city the couple became more immersed in the local music scene they had been able to witness in their trips down south to visit and catching some shows. Their musical project came together when drummer Matt McNiff moved to Denver from New York in 2014 and was introduced to Adamson through their then boss. They bonded over a mutual appreciation for Mr. Show. At the time Adamson was already recording bands and the musicians began their initial forays into making music before officially choosing a band name (one considered was Dirt Wizard, but A Strange Happening is not in fact a psychedelic doom band) and being prepared to play live shows in 2018. The group didn’t have a lot of time to get things off the ground before the pandemic took hold and hasn’t played many shows since those started being a thing again so if you haven’t had a chance to see them in Denver that’s a part of the reason why. But A Strange Happening did release its self-titled debut album at the end of 2021. It’s an indie rock concept album of a sort meant to reflect the aesthetics of 1940s and 1950s radio dramas with interludes and introductions to give context to the more modern sounding music and it includes a cover of “Snake Goddess (cover)” by Denver’s Zealot. The blend of noir and horror/thriller themes on the album lends itself well to an album that is creatively different from a lot of indie rock these days.

Listen to our interview with A Strange Happening on Bandcamp linked below and go see the band at Down in Denver Fest on Sunday, 8/21/22 at 1:30 pm on the Further Stage. For more information on the festival and on A Strange Happening visit one of the links beneath the interview.


A Strange Happening website

A Strange Happening on Instagram

Author: simianthinker

Editor, primary content provider for this blog. Former contributor to Westword and The Onion.

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