Creating A Newsense
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Creating A Newsense

Manitou Springs, Colorado, United States | INDIE

Manitou Springs, Colorado, United States | INDIE
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"Playing Around"

When someone says, "jam band," the idea of wavy-haired, smiling, laid-back guys playing groovy, happy music comes to mind. Creating a Newsense from Manitou Springs, CO absolutely fits that bill. Their music is an exercise in eclectic experimentaion, combining blues, funk, bluegrass, folk, jazz, soul, rock and more. The longest song on Creating a Newsense's demo clocks in at 6:28, but their style could lend longer pieces incorporating some serious improvisation. It should appeal to fans of many genres, inspiring barefoot dancing in the park or grooving at a posh nightclub, martini in hand. For a taste of some sweet jam, check out their Thursday show at the Cedars or head up the pass to Pine Gables this Saturday. - Colorado Springs Independant

"Best Local Band - Best of the Springs 2008"

This tight, five-piece Manitou bluegrass band plays a mix of covers and originals that take in rock, reggae, blues and jazz. Their original sound will make every part of your body want to move. - The Gazette (Colorado Springs)

""Their original sound will make every part of your body want to move.""

"Their original sound will make every part of your body want to move."
- The Gazette

"CD evokes Newsense live"

"Eclectic" seems like too bland and refined a word to describe the explosive mix of sound that is Creating a Newsense.

The Manitou Springs band's sound is more like a homemade tie-dye shirt. Toss in a host of musical colors - jam, rock, blues, bluegrass, reggae, honky tonk - and watch them swirl together in unexpected and sometimes wonderful ways.

Creating a Newsense was recently named best local band in The Gazette's Best of the Springs magazine on the strength of its live show, and that show is on full display on the band's eponymous new live album, recorded April 24-25 at Pine Gables Tavern in Green Mountain Falls.

For their part, the quintet calls the sound "hard rockin', barn stompin', psychedelic porn funk." I'm not sure where the porn comes in, but the naked joy of the Newsense live show is definitely exposed on the 11 tracks on this album, along with the occasional spontaneity and sloppiness of live performance. It's much more reminiscent of a Dead bootleg than a polished pop product, and I suspect that's exactly what Newsense fans like about the band.

That's appropriate, since the Grateful Dead also seem to be the strongest influence on the Newsense sound. Of course, that's a slippery comparison because the Dead were about as eclectic - or homemade tie-dyed - as they come.

The songs are mostly originals by main songwriter Joe Johnson. There's the hardjam of "Ecstasy" that proves that when this band jams, it rocks instead of noodling. There's the good-time, honky-tonk stomp of "Roll Another One for the Road," which shows off some hot mandolin by Jason Gilmore. There's the torch twang of "You Don't Give a Damn." There are the funky grooves of "Sunny Day" and "Hope I Don't See You," which effectively steals from the classic "Ain't No Sunshine." And I dare you not to wiggle when you hear "On the 87" and "Roll Me Down Easy."

The songs are party starters. The vocals are solid. And the musicianship is great. It's a good album, but it's an even better advertisement for the Newsense live show. - The Gazette


Pine Gables - 2008 (Available at
Live At Lee Fest - 2008
A Place I Call Home-2009
(Available at & produced by Multi-Platinum engineer Bill Douglass)



Creating A Newsense- a dynamic rock band based in Manitou Springs, Colorado- formed in 2004 with the intention of bringing soulful music back to the foothills of Colorado Springs. After years of hard work and the culmination of ambitious creativity, the band has created over fifty original songs which range from soft country ballads to psychedelic face melting rock and roll. They have established a significant fan base in the Colorado region and have made a name for themselves among other respected musicians. Over the years, Creating A Newsense has performed with Split Lip Rayfield, Blue Mountain, Martha Scanlon, The Bittersweets, Ollabelle, Phix, Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root and many others. They have also played several local and regional festivals and took stage at the nationally recognized Wakarusa Festival in Kansas in 2008.

One aspect of Creating A Newsense that makes them stand out from other bands is their live performance. Currently, the band has two albums available: Live at Lee Fest recorded in June 2007 and Pine Gables recorded in April 2008. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, these albums are "party starters" and give listeners a feel for the intense energy and excitement that exists at a Creating A Newsense show. In fact, the Gazette was so impressed with the band's live performance on these albums and in person that they named Creating A Newsense the Best Local Band of 2008.

Currently, Creating A Newsense has just released their first studio album "A Place I Call Home" and will be touring to various regions of the country in support of the new release.