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Lady Denim captivates Aggie Theatre

Just as February rolls around, Lady Denim spreads the love through the Aggie Theatre following local openers The Red Scare and HoldFast., captivating their audience in a show unlike any other.

The Fort Collins based band released their first single, “Pipe Dream,” in January 2019. A little over a year later, people are singing Lady Denim’s songs back to them. As they played a song not yet released, lead vocalist Nick Lundeen joked with the audience that he was “a little upset you … aren’t singing the words back.”

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Lady Denim’s sound is akin to that of The 1975 with hints of John Mayer and a bit of rock n’ roll edge to it. No matter the inspirations though, their music and sound are uniquely their own.

Starting with their popular, relatable hit “Cherry Limeade,” the audience rocked to the beat of the band’s drums that were designed with a light-up Lady Denim logo. It set the vibe of the show, the notes almost speaking to the audience and saying, “Hey, you’re in college, so chill out and have fun!”

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Lady Denim lead guitarist Nic Lubin tunes his guitar during a show at the Aggie Theatre Feb. 1. (Katrina Leibee | The Collegian)

The audience screamed for an encore as the band teased they were on their last song of the night. They disappeared and reappeared with their first single, “Pipe Dream.” The beginning starts with a slow guitar riff that quite literally feels like you’re transported into a dream.

Their last song and arguably the most anticipated of the night was their latest release, “Sweaty T-Shirts.” This song has a slightly different sound than their other tracks, and it got the crowd overwhelmed with excitement and consumed by its sound. The lyrics “I know that it’s getting late, but for the moment, let us slip away from the crowded room where we first locked eyes” tells the story of so many college relationships.

Although the band is fairly new, their audience and fan base feels old. They show up in denim, sing the lyrics, surf the crowd and buy their merchandise afterward. When the show is over, the band members filter into the crowd, talking to the audience and taking pictures as if everyone in the room is an old friend.

At the end of the show, Lundeen said what he wanted everyone to take away from the show was to spread positivity. 

“Spread love, call up old friends and educate yourself on other people’s beliefs,” Lundeen said.

Lady Denim has a magical way of keeping the audience engaged, and they use that for good, singing about things that are relatable to college students and spreading messages of love and acceptance.

Katrina Leibee can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @KatrinaLeibee.

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Katrina Leibee
Katrina Leibee, Editor-in-Chief
Katrina Leibee is serving as The Rocky Mountain Collegian's editor in chief for the 2021-22 academic year. Leibee started at The Collegian during the fall of her freshman year writing for the opinion desk. She then moved up to assistant opinion editor and served as the opinion director for the 2020-21 academic year. Leibee is a journalism and political science double major, but her heart lies in journalism. She enjoys writing, editing and working with a team of people to create the paper more than anything. Ask anyone, Leibee loves her job at The Collegian and believes in the great privilege and opportunity that comes with holding a job like this. The biggest privilege is getting to work with a team of such smart, talented editors, writers, photographers and designers. The most important goal Leibee has for her time as editor in chief is to create change, and she hopes her and her staff will break the status quo for how The Collegian has previously done things and for what a college newspaper can be. From creating a desk dedicated entirely to cannabis coverage to transitioning the paper into an alt-weekly, Leibee hopes she can push the boundaries of The Collegian and make it a better paper for its readers and its staff. Leibee is not one to accept a broken system, sit comfortably inside the limits or repeat the words, "That's the way we've always done things." She is a forward thinker with a knack for leadership, and she has put together the best staff imaginable to bring The Collegian to new heights.

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