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En Plein Air

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"Alt-Indie: En Plein Air Paints Local Scene with Heavy Indie-Rock"

En Plein Air, a French expression that translates to “in the open air”, refers to the technique of painting when an artist goes into the wilderness and paints his surroundings. It also happens to be the name of an Arvada based indie-rock band with driving guitars and yearning undertones. Formed four year ago when band members Sean Palmer, Chris Beeble, and Robbie Spradling met during high school in Arvada, they boys soon kick started the band Book Earns Badge. However, the desire to elevate their music, add greater significance in the lyrics and overall passion to their sound lead the guys to add Tyler Porter and evolve into En Plein Air. The band’s bassist, Beeble, describes the shift to En Plein Air as having been “a jam band until we decided it wasn’t who we really were. We were much more passionate about indie and electronic and wanted to focus on vocals and meaning. Main thing was we wanted to have passion and meaningful music.”

The band name is only one example of the thought and implication that can be drawn from En Plein Air. The band even ventured into the woods of Winter Park to experience writing, instead of painting, in the wilderness, for the experience “of just taking in one’s surroundings and writing how we feel about it. We try to do that with most of our songs” Beeble further explains. Their demo cd, self-titled En Plein Air, has six tracks that delve acutely into layers of electric guitar, intricate drums, and expressive vocals. Beeble expounds that thematically there has been a focus on “struggles with relationships, but there is an over all bigger theme of just taking life in.” A clear mixture of longing and anger is conveyed through the lyrics and searing confusion on many of the songs. “The Leave” has Palmer building the words “don’t let the world see she is someone incomplete/ as she turns to run away…I don’t understand why we fight this way/ and every step you take/ will lead you and guide you/ you fall/ fall to your knees again.” Indeed, words telling of a troubled relationship.

Lyrically, Palmer who plays guitar and lead vocals, did the song writing, and spent a year on the demo tracks before going forward. Perhaps this lends itself when the singer digs deep with lyrics, as he can be the one to voice inner hurt or confusion pulsing through the songs. The most impressive track, “Your Voice Replaced My Wind,” has understated vocals that switch to full blown agony as Palmer reconciles the notion: “a fire inside has changed/ don’t lie to me/ who can walk away?” Combined with meditative drums and aching guitar, this song nails the disappointment and pain of a stagnate relationship. The band does not entirely lean on lyrics to convey the struggle and desire in their music. “Anathema” sweeps the listeners up in emotions of frustration and release without a single word. Interestingly, the “Intro Track” begins with the sound of a radio dial changing stations, and through the static one can faintly hear Winston Churchill saying“ Let us therefore brace ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’” Though the process of evolution and layers of substance in En Plein Air’s music has just begun, one should tune in and find this band at perhaps, their finest hour.


- Colorado Music Buzz


"En Plein Air"-Self titled E.P. released February 2009
1) Intro
2) The Leave
3) Inside
4) Your Voice Replaced My Wind
5) What's Been Waiting

"Your View, My Vice"- Single released June 2009



En Plein Air was formed two years ago by bass player Chris Beeble, drummer Robbie Spradling, and singer Sean Palmer when they were reunited after going to high school together. They gathered all the money they had and recorded their first demo, self titled. Once they had accomplished that, they tried playing shows and just realized something was missing. They then called a friend of theirs Noah Fisher to play guitar with them and the band was complete. They get much of their influences from bands like As Tall As Lions, Circa Survive, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Copeland and Thrice. En Plein Air sets themselves apart from the rest of the bands out there by their unique textures of guitar tones and keyboards. They are able to create music that the listener can relate to but is also intrigued by it's creativity.