FRACTALIA PLAYS FIVE WEST SLOPE SHOWS

Local favorites Fractalia have returned to the Western Slope for a five-show tour. Courtesy photo.

Local favorites Fractalia have returned to the Western Slope for a five-show tour. Courtesy photo.

By J. Berndt
REGIONAL–(July 16, 2013) Over the years Fractalia has had a heavy presence here in Montrose and the surrounding area, and I will say I have never been to one of their shows where there wasn’t a gang of people having a great time. Their energy will always get people up, showing their support with arms swimming through space and rhythmic feet. Fractalia is a band that has taken their music seriously over the years, becoming great musicians. They have proven to be not just another one-trick pony, but a band that can touch on many different genres and make them all work–fusing reggae, jam, and progressive rock–a blend that works so well in this area.
 
Fractalia recorded their first studio album a few years back, but had to go with a different name because there was already a group with the same name, a female-fronted metal band out of Mexico City. So they recorded the album under the name “Sons of the Addicted,” and on the album cover you will find the band in test tubes floating alone in an apocalyptic world, Fractal World. This is the band’s first full-length studio album, and is mixed very well, with great sound.
 
The band had decided to take a break from this area, and had moved up to the Front Range to try and expand. Now they’re back in the Montrose area to do a mini-tour of the western slope. Five shows in fourteen days, an effort to refuel the local fans and start a new stage of nostalgia for all the people who have stayed fans over the years.
 
You can listen to a lot of their songs online, as well as a bunch of live videos. They have a music video for the song Because We Chose to Trip. This is a ballad-esque, radio friendly, sort-of love song with a psychedelic ending.
As I write this I am listening to their songs on ReverbNation, I realize how long it had been since I listened to them, and coming back a second time I hear so much more than before, I have no doubt that these guys have what it takes to “make it,” if they haven’t already. The song Couch Surfer will surely be stuck in my head for the rest of the day, and I will forgive the made up words in I’ll Never Smoke Swag Again, for the unique creativity, and cool sound. I feel the song is a tribute to 1990’s Montrose kids and now has become too true thanks to the new laws.
 
If you missed them last week at the Horsefly Brew Pub don’t fret, they will be playing at RnR Sports Bar this Friday night, the 19th. If you’ve never seen them before go give them a listen, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with the show they put on.