President deliver two blazing jazz tracks with ‘I’m Walking Here/Playin’ It Off’
11.03.2020

President deliver two blazing jazz tracks with ‘I’m Walking Here/Playin’ It Off’

Words by Tom Parker

This one’s a bit left of field.

Some Editor’s Picks present themselves on a silver platter. It might be already on the radar – a band that’s been gigging for a while and are finally about to put out a record. Timing also comes into it – does the album or EP fall in line with a Beat issue?

Sometimes elongated Bandcamp adventures can render an Editor’s Pick more haphazard than others – ‘How did I stumble upon this?’. This might be the most suitable account for this fortnight’s expedition.

President are a band from Denver, Colorado who have just released their new single, I’m Walking Here/Playin’ It Off. It’s two tracks of raucous jamming – wandering guitar hooks layered over the top of blazing drum fills that harmonise like two wrens.

The recordings are raw and sound as if they’ve been cut straight to tape with little decoration. She’s all live which helps us get a sense of who President are, just a local jam band working their way around the Denver circuit.

The release would sit right at home within Melbourne’s current jazz climate – one that rewards instinct and experimentation. So, is this worth a listen? If you’re after a boogie, then I’d say yes.