As people mingle around the fairly small room of Globe Hall, a drumbeat suddenly starts from the back of the stage. The beat picks up as the crowd turns and approaches the stage. Once the drummer has gotten up to tempo, the bassist and guitarist of The Beeves join the stage. They immediately start into a fiery cover of Bob Dylan’s Tombstone Blues.
The show, on September 20th at Globe Hall in Denver, started with an insanely high energy level and that didn’t stop until The Yawpers’ last song. The Beeves played an incredibly energetic set, as they always do. The band, although small, has a loyal fan base and I recognized several faces from their past shows. The set consisted of several fan favorites, such as “Jamie’s Revenge,” “The Baron is Drunk,” and “The More You Know.” The crowd sang along as much as they could while a mosh pit formed in the front of the venue. I got swept to the side several times as the pit took over the entire length of the stage.
The Beeves kept the crowd interested constantly; they made their set into a conversation with the audience. They talked to the crowd, laughed, pulled people onstage, and made sure everyone had a good time. The Beeves are a really engaging band with a lot going on onstage: the bassist and guitarist always take advantage of the space they have and move all over the place. The two fell to the ground a few times and both crowd surfed at one point or another. The really incredible thing about The Beeves is that they always kept going with the song, even when the guitarist was curled up on the ground or when they faced a few technical difficulties. The band struggled with a microphone that repeated the guitarists voice a second after he said things and the bassist broke their E string. But between the band members and the lead vocalist of The Yawpers, they figured out the issues and kept the show going.
When their set came to an end around 10:30, The Beeves finished their song, bluntly stated “We are The Beeves,” gathered their things, and walked off stage. They could be seen the rest of the night around the venue, hanging out in the wings to watch The Yawpers and even joining the band onstage a few times.
After a brief intermission, The Yawpers took the stage. The lead singer carried a bottle of whiskey in his hand and announced that they were here to play some “shitty rock and roll.” Their performance, however, was anything but. When they started their first song, the audience was immediately hit with a wall of sound. I was standing directly in front of a large speaker and could feel the vibrations all over my body. It was incredible.
The energy in the room matched the rise in volume and an even bigger mosh pit formed almost immediately. So many people were moving and jumping around that you could see the floorboards bouncing up and down. Drinks that were placed on the speakers in front of me got knocked over because of how much movement there was. The lead singer joined into the madness by running and jumping onto the crowd for a minute before the guitarist and bassist from The Beeves ran onstage and did the same.
The Yawpers were really excited about playing a “more intimate” venue. They talked multiple times about how Globe Hall was smaller than the places they usually play and how happy they were to be somewhere smaller for their last show of the year until New Years’ Eve.
The intimacy of the venue made it easy for the band to change the tone of their performance, especially towards the end of the set. The lead singer started telling the audience a personal story about separating from his ex wife and created a somewhat melancholic moment. The story resulted in a slower, slightly out of character song about the singer’s ex which put more emphasis on the vocals and words than their other songs. This was the last song they played before leaving the stage, but they were back after a minute at the crowd’s request. The Yawpers played two more songs during a killer encore and left the audience satisfied but wanting more.
The whole night was full of excitement and fun was had by both the audience and the performers. Throughout the whole show, you could tell that the musicians were having a really good time as they danced, made jokes, and joined each other onstage. It was clear that and members of both bands were good friends; at one point during The Beeves’ set, the guitarist stopped and told the audience how he loved the lead singer of The Yawpers, causing him to come onstage and hug both the guitarist and bassist of The Beeves. He later dedicated a song to The Beeves and created a really nice moment as the three members of the band appeared at the side of the stage to watch. Both The Beeves and The Yawpers put on incredible sets at Globe Hall and cultivated a really nice sense of community throughout the night. If you’re someone looking for music that makes you feel good but still rocks really hard, both The Beeves and The Yawpers should definitely be on your radar.