Fort Collins, Colorado is home to the eclectic psychedelic dance party known as Miscomunicado. With Dan Scott Forreal and James Hodgkins providing gang vocals, guitar, bass, and keys between them and the backing beats of Luke Barone, their “digital sound jockey”, this three piece outfit has managed to combine virtually every influence one could find while wandering around a music festival. It’s a little bit disco, a little bit rock, a little bit hip-hop, and all psychedelic, accented by the visual art of skEYEfi, who is considered a full member of the band. “Ed Zachary”, their first music video, gives a hint of the immersive audiovisual world they have to offer, one filled with funky guitar licks, hip-shaking bass grooves, and electronic beats. Their latest album, Color.A.D.O., seems the perfect soundtrack for modern hippie dance parties, and it’s therefore unsurprising that self-proclaimed ‘hippy-hop’ artist Mod Sun makes a guest appearance on its first track. The rapper/singer/producer was once the drummer of screamo act Scary Kids Scaring Kids, and judging by their vocal approach Forreal and Hodgkins come from a similarly punk-oriented background.
This is not Warped Tour, however, although it would make for a great afterparty. The sounds on Color.A.D.O. would fit better at Bonnaroo or Hangout Fest, and suit Miscomunicado perfectly to open for any and every hippie icon travelling through their state. They’ve got something to offer everybody, though, with instrumental jams, sing-along choruses, and an absolutely undeniable sense of good times and good humor that makes song titles like “Pizza Party” and “Soccer Tease” seem inspired and appropriate. Fitting with in with the positive vibes, all of their music is available for free download on both Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Album closer “Never Ever Say Never Ever” sums up their outlook nicely: “I love my life and I live my dreams”.
By Dave Fox | Philadelphia Ambassador | @philosofoxthedj | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC