Local 303: The Colorado Artists We Feature for August 2022
Munly and the Lupercalians
Hometown: Oh good? He says it in his name: Lupercalia.
Form: Naturally. My parents were Catholic and did not believe in birth control.
Last version: Kinnery Of Lupercalia: Legion Undelivered
Pronouns: You and sir.
About: Continuing the story started with Petr & The Wulf, Munly & The Lupercalians unveil The Kinnery Of Lupercalia: Undelivered Legion. The first of three albums by the three bands of the SCACUNINCORPORATED family. The world of Lupercalia is made up of hundreds of intertwined characters and stories brought to life through music, print and art.
When played live, the Lupercalia are dressed as various characters in the stories while Munly J Munly portrays himself, who is also a Lupercalia character. Two drummers with homemade kits, two computer/keyboardists and Munly playing autoharp, banjo, dulcimer, vocals… get together and seem to create a new kind of music; based in The Denver Sound, while venturing into a story song experience with beating drums with lush textures and melodies.
Lupercalian’s next two albums, one from Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and the other from DBUK, would be released the following year. Munly’s first Lupercalia book is available with the new album Kinnery Of Lupercalia: Undelivered Legion. Lupercalia’s second book, Döder Made Me Do It, will be available this winter, soon after, a novelization of Peter & The Wulf as well as a reissue of Ten Songs With Mo Music.
Musicians who inspire: I still don’t understand why a person would need to be inspired by another musician. I will do this until I die or until I don’t want to anymore…which will most likely coincide.
Plans for the remainder of 2022: DBUK will lead NorthWest and play a metal festival. Then we will go home. Next, SCAC will play a show. Then we will go home. Next, SCAC and The Lupercalians will head east and play the Muddy Roots Festival. Following the previous pattern, I’m going to assume that we’ll then come home. Then a new book will come out: Döder Made Me Do It. Next, the Lupercalians play at the Bluebird Theater on 09/09/22 as a record release show. Then we will visit the shop next door. Then we’ll fly to Europe and play many, many, many shows…and then we’ll come home – yes, that’s right. Then DBUK, SCAC and The Lupercalians will play our traditional SCACUNINCORPORATED New Years shows and we might just go home.
Hometown: Denver, CO
Last version: Slow motion sickness (2022)
Pronouns: he/him (the three of us)
About: CJ Kjolhede and Joe Schramm have known each other since elementary school in middle Michigan, but they didn’t start playing music together until CJ moved to Denver to Joe’s house in 2012. After two albums and an EP, they were joined by Michael Lauerman in the fall of 2016. The band soon recorded the Born Again ep and began work on the band’s latest release, Slow Motion Sickness. Amid the band’s touring schedules, dozens of local shows and a global pandemic, it took over four years to complete the record, but the band are immensely proud of the final product. SMS is rowdy for a harrowing record, seeking redemption that never fully arrives on all tracks.
Musicians who inspire: Sufjan Stevens, Beastie Boys, Kurt Vile, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Radiohead, Les Districts
Plans for the remainder of 2022: We play the DARKARTS release show on Saturday August 20th at Globe Hall, and play the Down in Denver festival at Larimer Lounge the following day. However, we are very excited about Saturday September 17 when we open for JD McPherson at the Levitt Pavilion.