Colorado’s Own Filthy Children Get Down & Dirty
Filthy Children first came across my radar about six years ago when one snowy winter night with no plans and a twenty dollar bill burning a hole in my wallet I asked my friend Lindsey what might be fun to go do.
“Filthy Children are playing Herb’s. You gotta see these guys. They’re a blast!” she said. “Filthy Children? Huh? What kind of band name was that?” I replied.
With nothing better going on and the city more or less a ghost town from the dumping snowstorm, I reluctantly agreed, rounded up our friends, loaded up the jeep, and headed downtown. What followed was an awakening of how truly diverse and talented Denver’s musician community really was. It’s like I died and was transported to an alternate universe where Stevie Wonder was President of the United States and dirty big ‘ole horn section powered Motown funk was the official language. I learned a lot that night about how diverse and talented Denver’s musician community really was. I was hooked.
Dutch Seyfarth: Where did the band name Filthy Children come from?
When was the band formed?
BW: Ha!! I’m (Bryant Walker, guitar) the principle songwriter. I often equate our group of seven trying to do anything collaboratively or democratically to a bunch of monkeys trying to fuck a football.
Monkey 2:”No, we should do it this way!”
Monkey 3:”No, give it to me!”
Monkey 5: “Maybe we should do electronic music” etc…
I believe in a rather facist approach to the creative process. “You play this song right now monkeys!” Honestly, it’s myself and Jon Braddy (trombone, keys) who write the tunes. I come up with the raw material and Jonny writes most of the horn parts and arranges the material into some viable kick-ass tunes. Some other members have written some great tunes as well, but it’s mostly the two of us. Writing collaborativly with the seven of us in a room is a fast track to fisticuffs and karate chops.
Filthy Children has certainly attracted a large and loyal fan base with virtually no mainstream media attention. What’s your band’s secret for getting noticed with hardly any mainstream media publicity?
BW: Mostly by getting our girlfriends, parents, and best friends to keep coming over and over to every single show so it looks like we have attracted a large and loyal fan base. My mom says our music makes her horny (Holy shit! I’m making myself chuckle. Please don’t print that it you find it offensive. I’ve been day drinking.)
What places does your band usually play across Colorado?
What goals are left to be achieved for Filthy Children?
BW: To keep writing new original music and make enough money to get more free time to do so.