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The INACTIVISTS CD Release Party April 1, 2011

With special guests the Skivies and the Little Fyodor and Babushka Band

The INACTIVISTS CD Release Party April 1, 2011

With special guests the Skivies and the Little Fyodor and Babushka Band

Throughout the history of the world, there has always been war. We’ve had two world wars and one war of the worlds (starring Tom Cruise). There have been wars between countries and wars within countries. We’ve declared war on inanimate objects (drugs), emotions (terror), and living conditions (poverty). There have been civil wars and holy wars, yet some would still argue that war is hell. But those who suggest that peace be given another chance never argue that war isn’t an effective method of imposing your ideas on someone else; they just object to the death and destruction that comes with it. But what if there were a way to enjoy all the fun of war without having to deal with the killing and violence usually inherent in it? Once again it is up to Colorado’s favorite apolitical inaction committee (and sometime rock-band), the Inactivists, to lead the way.

That’s right – the Inactivists have now released their fifth full-length CD: “The War On Jazz Hands”. This is not only a call to arms against a part of the arm itself, but this is also the Inactivists first ever double-album. But the Inactivists don’t want to be alone in their foxhole for atheists, they have conscripted a virtual army to help them fight their bloodless coup. Not only did they collaborate with Professor Matt Maher of the Mourning Sickness on one track (“Richard”), but they’ve included their first ever recorded covers (not counting the Xmas EP) tackling everyone from local legend, Little Fyodor (“You Give Me Hard-On”) to prog-rock faves, Yerkish (“Defenestration Imbroglio”). But wait, there’s more….not only are the Inactivists covering others, but others are covering the Inactivists to add up to a gigantic unholy army of salvation. On Disc Two (available as a separate MP3 download with your purchase of Disc One) you will hear some of Nashville’s least expensive songwriter demo recording services attempting to tackle the thirteen Inactivists originals on the first album. A completely inane, unnecessary, and hilarious look through the dark mirror of today’s internet based music economy. There will be a rap version of “Vegan Zombies” and techno-take on “Can’t Touch My Bump” and a string octet arrangement of “The Center Square”. But it will be up to you, the listener to decide which one is better: the original or the professional, and who ultimately wins: the Inactivists or Jazz Hands.

But if this intra-covered album by the Inactivists is the first volley fired at Fort Sumter in the War on Jazz Hands, then April Fool’s Day will be its D-Day. And the Walnut Room will be its beaches of Normandy. April 1st (no fooling) at 9:00 pm for $7.00 will be the CD release party for “The War On Jazz Hands”. Opening the show will be local legend and fringe-rock mainstay The Little Fyodor & Babushka Band. Little Fyodor and The Inactivists have been collaborating and enjoying each other’s company now for nearly seven years. And Fyodor always knows how to entertain/frighten a crowd. Following that spaztastic performance will be the return of The Skivies. This will be the Skivies first show since 2009 – and like their fourth since 2007. Despite such a lengthy retreat from the spotlight, The Skivies continue to rake in the Westword Music Showcase Awards (perhaps because most people haven’t heard of any of the bands in their category and vote for them based solely on the fact they have the funniest name). This is a rare chance to see the Skivies live, as they have been busy in L.A. recording an album with some famous producer whose name I can’t recall right now. True, they will be playing at the Toad Tavern with New Ancient Astronauts and Glass Delirium six days beforehand – but usually you don’t get to see them very often, if at all. So go ahead and go to both shows. Closing the war-mongering festivities on April 1st will be the Inactivists themselves, accompanied onstage with a bevy of background singers. Members of the Little Fyodor & Babushka Band, The Mourning Sickness, and Yerkish will be on hand to lend their vocals to the Inactivists’ versions of their songs. It might get a little confusing. Bring a pad of paper and pen to take notes.

Remember, this is our chance to defeat this greatly feared choreographic cliche. The war on jazz hands: Don’t wait for the draft, enlist today!

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