Random bands have started to follow me on twitter and tumblr, and it does amazing things for my ego. In this segment, we talk about the bands that have followed me this week.
The Royal make pop rock with an intelligent aesthetic, though they compare themselves to Maroon 5, there are more obvious similarities to be found with Canadian pop rockers Mariana's Trench. There's a penchant for subtle darkness, but with great pop hooks (never oversimplified) and positive energy.
Embarrassing fact #1: I do not know any geography.
Embarrassing fact #2: Due to fact #1, I forgot that Oklahoma was a state.
But I asked my roommate to name a state, and since we had just been singing Oklahoma the musical, she named Oklahoma. Which I then proceeded to remember was a state.
Anyway, I apologize to the most OK state out there, and present some examples of why you shouldn't forget about Oklahoma.
I've mentioned before that I really like folk music. John Moreland encapsulates what it is that I love about it-- poetry, beautiful music, and honesty. This is the kind of music I could happily listen to at two in the morning when I can't sleep. The delicate instrumentation sounds like a night sky unfolding, first the dark fabrics and then the scattering of diamond stars. Moreland is especially appealing for me because his voice is incredibly evocative of Bruce Springsteen. Worth a listen or two or one hundred.
Back to rock, and intensely so. Broncho is garage rock with a polished alt rock sound, a mixture of Cage The Elephant and The Wombats, but with a somehow west-coast vibe that complicates their midwest roots. The music is incredibly bass driven and rhythmic, with simple vocals that build upon a Ramones-brand punk.
I've also mentioned I like ambient rock. Semblance's Quotes EP is a prime example of why. A dark, brooding soundtrack with bursts of light and hope, Semblance's music sonically recreates the sky changing above you as you move through your life. The music doesn't need vocals accompaniment because it tells a narrative without it. If you want a beautiful soundtrack for your beautiful life, download the EP now.
With the same dirty bluesy sound that rocketed The Black Keys to alt rock stardom, The Flood offers up a solid EP that will make you feel like you can kick down the bar door with nothing but a pair of cowboy boots. The Flood make rock and roll the way it was conceived- with a guitar, a drum set, and a growling intensity that will make you move.
You thought I wasn't gonna do a pop punk band? Ha! Ha haha! Ha ha ha HA! You were wrong. Very wrong. I say very, because not only am I doing a pop punk band, I'm doing a PHENOMENAL pop punk band. Paper Planets are an act to be reckoned with-- a top notch rhythm section reminiscent of early Fall Out Boy, raspy but incredibly endearing vocals, and guitars that climb miles above your head. Paper Planets are ready and deserving of a big break.
I've been living in New York for a little while now, and have yet to find any local bands I really like. There have been inklings, but nothing that really sticks out to me. So now it's time to stop waiting for music to find me, and start finding music.
One Last Shot
One of my big complaints about Leathermouth is that they've only put out one album. But in comes One Last Shot, which features raw, direct, questioning vocals that sound like they're coming straight from the mouth of Frank Iero- but are in fact coming from frontman Jeremy Miller.
Melancholics bridge the wide gap between psychedelic pop and grunge. It sounds like a bad news bears style road trip that ends early due to lack of gas money. But at least the trip had a good soundtrack.
I like flowers. Flowers are the best. So I was stopped by the cover art of Rachel Ries' album Ghost of a Gardener. Then I was stopped by her Florence Welch-like voice and her multi-instrumental talents. The music is both soothing and haunting, as you would expect of death and flowers.
Broken English has the heavy layering of instrumentals of young Fall Out Boy, with vocals reminiscent of Rise Against. The combination of true punk and pop punk is a successful one, as it keeps the ear guessing and the listener engaged.