Something I noticed during the battle of the bands competition for Warped Tour this summer was how strong the music game was in North Carolina. My previous experiences with North Carolina had been pretty much limited to sand dunes and ducks, so to see this massive wave of fantastic music barreling at me from the state was alarming, but in a good way. Like a fire alarm that gets you out of an exam you didn't study for. So today, we're going to listen to some of the latest and greatest from NC.
One of the coolest things I've found coming out of North Carolina is the mixing of ambient and post-hardcore, which creates this very atmospheric, blizzard- like tunnel of sound. The emo/pop punk scene is strong too, as evidenced by a slew of features in AP magazine covering bands like The Hotelier (with Home Like No Place Is There) and Messenger Down