For this spotlight I want to share some of the top indie rock picks sitting in our inbox. Some of these will cross genres into alternative, shoegaze and some more pop oriented jams.
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Radio Skies - Something To Believe In
Something to Believe In is about the depth of change that happens at pinnacle moments in a friendship or relationship. And then the inspiring thought that there is always something to believe in. Part of that is sarcastic, because that something might be allowing your thoughts to take a trip to the moon.
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Kindatheart - Rose Petals
Kindatheart is an indie pop rock band that was formed by singer/songwriter Jack Scheffler in 2015 at The University of Texas at Austin. With influences ranging from the Strokes to Oasis to the Smiths, Kindatheart has branded itself as a band specializing in uptempo songs with catchy lyrics, harmony vocals, and memorable guitar hooks. The band has featured a variety of lineups over the past year, and currently consists of 5 members: vocalist/rhythm guitarist Jack Scheffler, vocalist Rachel Mathson, lead guitarist Kyle Anderson, bassist Axel H. Alarcon, and drummer Trey Ortiz.
Off The Ledge - Best Intentions
“Good times call for great music.” Off The Ledge current lineup came together in early 2015 with diverse musical backgrounds, and quickly morphed into a cohesive unit, creating a signature sound to their mix of funky, folky, blues influenced, alterna-rock jazziness. Personally, the guys don’t take themselves too seriously and at the onset, their biggest ambition was making each other laugh. Don’t be fooled by that, the musical complexity, instrumentation and each member’s proficiency quickly grabs your attention and speaks volumes about who they really are.
Live performances incorporate an electric mix of original music and covers that showcase their affable personalities and many influences, ranging from Dave Matthews Band, Jack White, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, CCR, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Sons, Albert King, & Muddy Waters. The band are experts at intelligently engrossing the crowd with “catchy” tunes with a broad appeal, making for active crowd participation, and an inclusive, “feel good” show. Matt Shannon (lead vocals, guitar), Tab Wakley (lead guitar), Luke Dahlstrom (bass), and Eric Brandes (drums) comprise the band.
Saints Patience - Break of Dawn
Essentially the project of two London-based musicians, multi-instrumentalist Spencer and vocalist Mudibu, Saints Patience place melody and groove front and centre in a thrilling audio format that mixes the classic and the contemporary by following the lead of such timeless artists as Queen, Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin and The Wailers. Their songs are cohesive amalgamations of Spencer’s prolific guitar jams and improv sessions in his home studio, which Mudibu, formerly of Mantilla, Lostchild and The Jezebel Sextet, enhances via his rich and powerful voice. This intuitive pair – “You know it’s good when you just look at each other and smile” – have now collected the best of their writings into a vibrant full-length album (to be released later in 2016), recorded using minimal gear at Spencer’s studio and thus exuding a fresh and dynamic analogue vibe. All this as Saints Patience are recruiting additional band members to perform the artisanal instrumental parts in a live setting and take this charismatic show on the road. As Mudibu says of the process, “
When everything comes together, I know it and feel it running through me." Rest assured that everything is definitely coming together for Saints Patience, and it is coming together apace. Consider ‘Break Of Dawn’ your introduction.
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Brutus Begins - Love & War
Brutus Begins is a solo project by Ricardo Temporao, a Portuguese-Canadian musician writer, and director currently based in Toronto. Elements of folk are resampled and synthesized, blurring the lines between what is real and reconstructed and challenging notions of what is natural.
Recently he's begun his latest and most personal project, Brutus Begins. With influences from Leonard Cohen to Tame Impala and Shuggie Otis to T-Rex, Brutus Begins lives on the edge of a sonic "uncanny valley". The buttons, knobs and wires twist and bleed into something almost human. Where the copper pierces the flesh is where Brutus Begins.
The first Brutus Begins album "Uncanny Valley" was released in May 2016.
Ranch Ghost - Ragged Mile
Ranch Ghost is a child born of an unplanned pregnancy. Raised by its four fathers and one red-haired godparent in a small home due south of Nashville, it has grown out of its fledgling stage at last and is crawling its way towards the edge of the nest.
The band has been audibly molded by the vibrations of Link Wray and Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, while the influence of Nina Simone, Hank Williams, and Miles Davis remains slightly obscured underneath the murky surface.
The band's new album Lookin' will be available July 1st.
Magnolia Shoals - BLVD
A little over a year ago Danish band, Magnolia Shoals wowed the critics with their debut album "Tenants".
Now the band is back with a brand new track, ‘BLVD’, produced by Aske Rud, who recently mixed and produced the album ‘Syzygy’ by Blaue Blume.
‘BLVD’ is a bittersweet song about memories and longings - wrapped in moods that are colored by the urban fairy lights. It is about coming to a place in life where longing turns into a hunt for the past - in an attempt to capture and hold on to memories.
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Lost Beach - Weighted Sky
Hailing from the beaches south of Los Angeles, LOST BEACH combines the sentimentality of sun in your face, while pining for the unknown in what we call indie rock n roll. Native Texan Jonny Perdue came to California to further his pursuit in music, finding guitarist and collaborator Steve Stout via a chance encounter while both playing for siblings of two different bands. During his time on the coast, Jonny met Hermosa-raised drummer Davey Latter and bassist Zacc West, also linking up with keys player Davey Allen after seeing his performance at a soundcheck in LA. “Perdue,” meaning lost in French, and the band’s residence on the coast inspired their moniker LOST BEACH. From Otis Redding to Elliott Smith, the group draws inspiration from the sounds of older records and a DIY mentality of self-production.
The band will be releasing singles in the coming months in anticipation of their self produced full length LP later this year.
Weighted Sky is about battling the influence of drug abuse and will be available June 9th.
Blond Bones - Few of Days, Full of Trouble
Blond Bones functions as a music collective, with rotating members, songwriters and guest musicians. Christian Barnett and Joseph Rebrovick began the group in 2015 and soon afterwards recorded the "Few of Days" EP in their home in Knoxville, TN. Since then, they have been touring the southeast in support of their EP; playing churches, coffee shops, theaters and music venues. This collection of songs is based around the struggle of a family living in the American South, exploring the distinct personal lives of various members of the family. These songs act as photographs of a particular moment in each persons life.
"Few Of Days" was written with the intent of leaning on the country music that came before, while avoiding the cliches of that “genre” and finding their own place in the history of this region and this music.
The Magic Es - One Shot
Following on from their critically-acclaimed debut EP, We Are Magic, The Magic Es unleash their new guitar pop anthem One Shot. The band have gone from strength to strength, not only with their song writing and live performance but also with their progress through the industry; they recently signed to publisher Indiefish Music and are working with a large booking agent which will result in some marquee support slots in the UK later in 2016.
One Shot picks up where We Are Magic left off; it’s full to brim with melody, big solos and pounding drums and bass and has a simple mantra; don’t give up! Music blog Sound of Confusion hit the nail on the head when they wrote These guys really know how to write a catchy tune, that’s for sure.”
Singer & guitarist Pete Thompson said “We’ve progressed a lot in the last year; more gigs, more recording and writing a lot more songs. It’s nice that we’re starting to get recognition for our efforts as it builds confidence and makes us hungry to do more”.
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