Breach and Bellow, Ian Mahan

Fri Jul 21 2017

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

Stellan is alternative atmospheric rock that originated out of Denver and eventually ended up in Nashville. The project formerly under the name Ryan Matthew changed to the moniker and released their first single "Great Unknown" in April 2017.

Ryan originally got his start in the Denver music scene as the lead guitarist for the Northern Way, the Heyday, and the Wild After. He began touring with Atlantic recording artist Matt Hires where he was able to share the stage with the likes of Matchbox Twenty, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Parachute. "After twelve plus years of this, I wanted to write songs that were very honest to my life experience, my relationships, and how my past pertains to how I see the world currently."
Breach and Bellow
Breach and Bellow is the songwriting project of Colorado based multi-instrumentalist Jesse W Spencer.

Jesse realized at a young age that playing in a rock band and touring the nation was a dream that he indeed wanted to pursue. One day his dreams became true. Jesse found himself touring with bands that he heard on the radio in middle school, Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls. As a drummer for Matt Hires, The Wild After, and Leash of Foxes, Jesse has become very comfortable behind the drums.

In 2014, Jesse realized there was something missing and being inspired by the songwriting likes of City and Colour, the National, Bon Iver and Greg Laswell he felt inspired to embark on his first major solo endeavor. He soon formed Breach & Bellow, a solo project to tell his own story – ambitious yet vulnerable, reflective yet driven.

After completing a successful kickstarter campaign, Spencer spent 2 weeks recording his debut release at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado with producer Chris Beeble. "Burn the Effigy" was released on March 24th, 2015. The record is a personal one for Jesse, but with the open mindset that producer / engineer Chris Beeble took at creating the soundscape, there was a real opportunity to create something from the ground up.
Ian Mahan
Crafting songs that people connect to is one of the few options left for musicians and songwriters who opt to pursue a career in music. That's exactly what Denver's Ian Mahan has spent the last ten years doing. After gradually building a fan base in Northern Colorado and exploring musical endeavors in the forms of bands and then ultimately forming himself as a solo artist, Ian very efficiently and economically produced his first self-titled EP with his live drummer and band director JD Raab. A relative latecomer to music, Ian first started playing guitar at the age of 18.

"I never had guitar lessons, though my mom did make me take piano lessons when I was a kid. The guitar was just different for me, I didn't have the drive to play piano, but I definitely wanted to learn more about the guitar as time went on."

In 2015, nearly four years after the release of his first EP, Ian released "Tiger Lily", a six-song compilation of carefully crafted songs that breach the singer-songwriter genre and begin to experiment with electronic elements.

"I recorded Tiger Lily with Randall Kent who produced the record as well and I was on a tight budget for the record because I was funding it myself. Randy made sure we didn't waste any time in putting the best effort into it. I think the songs on that really turned out to be a special group of songs. I love them all very much."

Even before releasing "Tiger Lily", Ian was beginning to make a name for himself by performing with acts such as Vanessa Carlton, Howie Day, The Rocket Summer, Parachute, and Joe Brooks. Ian has continued his upwards trajectory of performing with acclaimed artists such as Lisa Loeb, James McCartney, and Lewis Watson.

"I just want to write music that people enjoy and connect with them. I really want to create an experience for the people that come to my shows and listen to my music. I just want to make people relate to music. If I can do that a little bit at a time, then I am pretty happy."
Venue Information:
Moon Room
1902 Blake St.
Denver, CO, 80202