Whether begun in “2009 or 1996,” the onetime solo project of Tyler Despres, Science Partner, has grown to include “poached” musicians and drinking buddies alike. With roots in Dualistics, Achille Lauro, The Swayback, and Kitty Crimes, the music family tree of this six member ensemble extends from Chimney Choir and John Common, to Dragondeer and Harpoontang.
In addition to discussing its origin story with OpenAir host Alisha Sweeney, Denver band Science Partner performs three songs from its most recent album, Rocky Mountain News. The band follows “Animal,” with a back to back recital of “Young Patriots” and “Bee Is a Bee” before explaining the album’s namesake as a promotion of regional matters and local music in particular. Concurently, Science Partner expresses particular appreciation for the continual support and resources provided by Denver based Hot Congress Records in releasing the album.
To conclude, Science Partner looks toward a future national tour and yet another new album. As a sample of things to come, the band performs the previously unreleased track, “Western Bells,” exclusively for this CPR Performance Studio session.