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.
Mr Fisher and the Hospitality
Off the bat, the sound reminded me a lot of We Were Promised Jet Packs, something that has a spiraling, enveloping quality lying behind the jolting, raw vocals. The Albuquerque, NM band has two EPs, "Stay Safe" and "Our Friends. Our Family. Our Troubles." "Stay Safe" is more assertive and arresting, but not quite as cohesive throughout as "Our Friends." I liked the bass parts better in "Our Friends" too.
Verdict: Definitely worth a listen if you like We Were Promised Jetpacks or if you like feeling as though you're in a lush green forest of sound and emotion
I was not expecting what I heard. And that's a good thing. This is some real, back to the roots emo. This isn't format pop punk, this is emotion and fluidity and original punk sensibilities. There's a restraint that makes the rawness of the music even more powerful. It feels like running down the wet streets of New York at dusk, trying to figure out why you moved to this godforsaken town in the first place. So I can relate. Several good releases here, "Break Me," "I Feel Alive," "Place Called Home/ Southtowne Lanes," and a 2012 demo album.
Verdict: Saving pop punk
SherwoodSo for starters, this band is about ten years old and broke up, so me writing a review isn't going to do a whole lot. Most of their songs sound pretty similar. They categorize themselves as indie pop, but there's a definite rock influence that makes their music a little tangier than the indie pop that's infecting college radio stations right now.
Verdict: It's better than whatever they're playing at Urban Outfitters