“I'm not sure how we represent Colorado, but we do fly the flag on our merch table,” says Signal to Noise drummer Jesse Dixon. However, upon first listen to the band's debut full length, Kodiak (Eyeball Records) , it's more than obvious that the Boulder quartet draws heaps of inspiration from the very state that they call home. With hooks as big and clean as the ever–spanning Rocky Mountains and a sound drowned in the whiskey and cigarette stench of the bums and beat cowboys of Jack Keroac's downtown Denver, Kodiak is packed tight with 10 stellar tracks. From the gigantic sing–along choruses of songs like “Radiation” and “To the Bitter End (I'll be With You)” to cow–bell tinged rockers like “The Weather Machine” and bitter–sweet ballads like album closer “Firework Sky”, Kodiak brings listeners on a high–altitude chair–lift ride that doesn't let up until its final note.

The Signal to Noise band formed in 2003 and have been writing songs, touring, and cultivating their sound ever since. The recipe is simple: take the raw emotion, drive, and pulse of bands like Hot Water Music, Quicksand, and Elliot, add the intelligent pop sensibilities of Jimmy Eat World, Texas is the Reason and the Alkaline Trio, sprinkle in a touch of CCR, mix, rock, and enjoy.

Now, after three years, two demos, two EPs a few tours and local opening slots with everyone from local heavyweights like Planes Mistaken for Stars, The Blackout Pact, and Love Me Destroyer to national favorites like Minus the Bear, Criteria, and The Bronx, the band is more than ready for the world to witness what Coloradoans have already discovered.

“I get to say ridiculous shit to a large audience of people, and then me and the boys get to rattle their brains with a little bit of salsa magic,” jokes vocalist Tristan Shaffer, who (along with the rest of his bandmates) pours his heart and soul into the band: “the chorus for Radiation is really important to me,” he continues, “when I sing ‘the radiation burns within' I mean it. There's this inextinguishable furnace that keeps me going, keeps us going, keeps us all alive.”

In early 2006, the band's self–released EP was passed into the hands of Eyeball Records head Alex Saavedra, a New Jersey punk kid with a pension for picking out winners (some of his past discoveries have included Thursdays, My Chemical Romance, and Murder by Death). Saavadra liked what he heard and soon flew out to Colorado to meet and sign the band.