Rootbeer & Mermentau

(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)

It was a garage-punk double header at OpenAir when the duo Rootbeer & Mermentau -- who recently moved to Denver from Louisiana -- and Denver live staples Dirty Few both played in the CPR Performance Studio last week.

The two acts just released the split single "Set Em Free" on 7-inch vinyl. The bands will celebrate its release with a performance at Denver's Hi-Dive on Oct. 5.

In addition to playing rowdy dueling sets, the bands spoke with Alisha Sweeney about how their friendship began and how the split release came to fruition.

Stream the full session above.

Songs performed:

Rootbeer & Mermentau:

  • "Walk"
  • "Bad Dreams"

Dirty Few:

  • "Can't Drink My Beer"
  • "High Wasted"
  • "YOLOCO"