If you’re into local music, chances are you’ve heard of Retrofette and Motion Trap. Both were nominees for Best Local Pop Artist/Group in the 303 Awards this past year, with Motion Trap even taking home the honor. Now, if you haven’t heard of Retrofette and Motion Trap, it’s about damn time you plugged in and put on your dancing shoes because these local acts are on the same bill this Saturday at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. Not only is it a killer lineup, it’s a celebratory evening for the release of “Lover in Japan,” Retrofette’s new single.
Making the bill even hotter is a DJ set to kick off the evening by Clay Cornelius, previously of Denver band Rose Quartz. Cornelius hosts Nothing Matters once a month at Fort Greene in Globeville — a spotlight night that highlights local synth and dance artists. At the last installment just last week, Motion Trap, Retrofette, Cornelius and Fort Greene regular Nasty Nachos performed DJ sets. This Saturday, Cornelius is moving his funk-synth sounds over to Ophelia’s for a set you’ll most definitely want to stretch for beforehand.
Motion Trap is a local duo that released their debut album Palebluedot back in 2016. They made waves with track “Molecule” which now has over 12,000 plays on Spotify. More recently, Motion Trap released an eight-track album last year titled Heavenly Bodies. The band’s sounds are catchy, to say the least, leading the listener on a cosmic journey into dance music. And when we say “dance music,” we don’t just mean any kind of dance music — we’re talking about the gloriously irresistible sounds of synth-pop. Their music truly takes you “Beyond the Moon.”
And finally, Retrofette have been making waves in Denver since their debut in 2016, I Don’t Mind. The band is made up of some local musicians who also work with past and current local acts — they’re seasoned in the scene and you can tell with the way Retrofette has perfected their synth-pop sound and quirky personas. Not to mention, they’re already playing Red Rocks. It may be an opening spot for Film on the Rocks, but it’s with other local up-and-comers Wildermiss, and before a screening of Heathers.
It’s looking like a good year ahead for Retrrofette — other than the upcoming Red Rocks set, the band is back with some fancy (and funny) band photos and a fresh single. Titled “Lover in Japan,” the song was recorded while Retrofette was visiting — you guessed it — Tokyo. The single will be released digitally this Saturday, June 2. Not only is it looking like a good year for Retrofette — with Motion Trap taking home the 303 Award for Best Pop Artist/Band this year, it’s clear they’re creating a lot of buzz in the Mile High City as well. If you don’t have plans this Saturday, grab a ticket soon — you don’t want to miss this show.