The Denver based band Bop Skizzum is a funk, pop, rock band that has released their first full length CD Coloradical. The group describes itself, from their website, as “Gathering inspiration from every corner of the record store, the band meshes their alternative pop-rock vibe with groove-based funk, dance and hip-hop influences, creating an invigorating blend of unique instrumentation and phenomenal vocals to complete their sound.”
Denver School Of The Arts trained singer Julie Almeria fronts Bop Skizzum as the lead vocals, she is joined by emcee and percussionist Shane “SF1” Franklin (also a DSA graduate) who continued his education at Berklee College of Music before heading back to Colorado. Guitar & back-up vocals are handled by band founder Andy “Rok” Guerrero; formerly of the socio-political hip-hop rock band Flobots. Fellow co-founder and the band’s Music Director Serafin Sanchez provides one of the ‘brass voices’ in Bop Skizzum with both tenor and baritone saxophones; he is a Colorado University-Boulder graduate with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Music. This songwriting quartet is grounded by the rhythm section, with Chris Harris on bass. Rounding out the brass section are the two-man trumpet power-punch of Joe Ferrone and John Lake.
The group has been named Denver’s best funk band by Westwood readers two years in a row in June of 2012. After listening to a couple of tracks off the CD Coloradical it was easy to understand why they have received the accolades. The tracks were fun, and different. The fusion of different styles made the songs stand out for me.
You can learn more about the group by visiting their website bopskizzum.com