Publish Date: 09-10-2014

Section: Noise

Type: Music Beat

Byline: Savannah Nelson

Title: Copy Editor

Headline: Seventh Circle Music Collective

Kickhead: DIY music venue perfect for upcoming bands

Word Count: 510

ESE Count: 1

There is something alluring about a band playing in an intimate garage-setting venue—maybe it’s the closeness of the crowd, or the feeling that everyone there has something in common. This draw is especially present in such a musically-influenced city as Denver.

There’s no wonder, then, that the Seventh Circle Music Collective, off of Federal, is such a hit. It functions as an all-ages DIY venue, a space for artists to come and play their hearts out in a community-oriented, supportive space.

All genres are welcomed and encouraged to be expressive, but visitors are warned; signs read “please come here with an attitude of respect towards all; racism, sexism, homophobia, and any other sorts of bigotry will not be tolerated within these walls.” Within the closed doors, there’s no doubt a feeling of safety and security, among a typically young geographic.

Inside a low-key, underground, and practically unscathed building is a creative mass of noise. There’s a small record store, where there are albums, movies, comics, and various works of art available for purchase. A small donation, around $7-15, is asked for a cover to each show.

Because it’s not an exclusive over-21 business, food and alcoholic beverages are not sold. Such is life in the clandestine.

You can follow the trail of graffiti-infested walls to the allotted performance area, a garage space packed with a stage, various kinds of sound equipment, and the perfect amount of standing room for unleashing subtle to extreme dance moves. The intimate space is what makes for an ideal music scene.

When a performance starts and the lights dim, there is no way to escape the full effects of the musicians and their sounds. If I was expecting the likes of over-the-top special effects, seizure-inducing performance, as seen at places like Red Rocks or the Pepsi Center, I could easily forget it upon walking in the door.

The performing space for the Seventh Circle strips music of cosmetics. There are artists, their instruments, and their voices—nothing more.

As a listener, there is no escaping the severe gyrations of the music. Expect your ears to be filled to the point of auditory impairment as the garage door slides closed, and the core of your body to tremble with the vibrations coming from the stage. It’s intimate to the point of invasion and the kind of experience where your mind is so drowned out with the melodies surrounding your body that you simply forget. Where you are, what you’re doing, who you’re with.

You’re forced to focus on nothing more than the music and perhaps the sweat gleaming on the band member’s foreheads from no more than 15 feet away from you, max.

It’s total immersion into sound. Plus, all access to the band—which may be local or traveling—for only a small donation. It’s a steal.

It’s a bigger-than-your-parent’s-garage jam session. Ran by local Aaron Saye, you can’t find a more laid-back musical atmosphere in Denver. It’s the place to go if you’re eager to hear fresh, new bands reveal themselves to the circuit, and it’s even better as a venue for those upcoming musicians wanting to be heard.

Info box?

You can inquire about booking your own performance at Seventh Circle at SCMCdenver@gmail.com.