Nick Scalise and Gregory Shanahan of Bestfriends have taken a hands-on approach to creating their breed of indie-pop-electronica, and they’ve carved out a niche in the genre. The Chicago-based pair have a vision, and they ensured its realization by taking complete control over their 2012 self-titled EP. Not only did they write and perform the six-track EP, but they also produced, mixed and mastered it. They even directed a couple of accompanying music videos.
New Jersey’s Black Clouds make pure, unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll. The foursome doesn’t fall prey to gimmicks or what’s in vogue. Rather, they pride themselves on a do-it-yourself approach and put plenty of passion and drive behind their music. This has led to two LPs -- 2008’s ‘Wishing Well’ and 2012’s ‘Better Days’ -- both of which the band funded, recorded and produced.
Noisey punk duo Japanther is undoubtedly more about the live experience than your typical rock band. While some groups rely on smoke and mirrors onstage, bandmates Matt Reilly (bass, keyboard, vocals) and Ian Vanek (drums, vocals), who met at art school in Brooklyn, would rather play atop New York City bridges (and almost get arrested for it) or enlist synchronized swimmers to do the work of traditional backup dancers. They even played a 84-hour marathon set on a spinning platform for a piece called 'It Never Seems to End.'
Early in his recent chat with Diffuser.fm, Sharks singer and guitarist James Mattock revealed that his band is plotting a trip to America -- and not just to tour. The U.K. foursome is thinking of relocating, and while their sound owes much to homegrown influences -- the Clash, most notably -- such a move would make sense. Sharks' biggest tours have been with American roots-punk heavies Social Distortion and the Gaslight Anthem, and they're arguably more popular here than they are at home. They're even signed to Oregon-based Rise Records, which recently released 'Selfhood,' their second full-length set of brisk pop-punk burners.
Fat History Month’s sophomore LP, ‘Bad History Month,’ arrived on the heels of much praise for their debut album, ‘F---ing Despair.' As the album titles might indicate, this Boston indie-rock duo doesn’t take itself too seriously, or maybe it takes itself entirely too seriously — it’s hard to tell.
Jordan Jeffares is the brains behind Snowden, a nomadic rock project whose music sounds like apocalyptic yet danceable Britpop.
A true "family band," the Last Bison feature frontman Ben Hardesty; his father, Dan; and his sister Annah, as well as brothers Jay and Andrew Benfante. The Virginia-based seven-piece folk outfit -- which also includes members Amos Housworthand Teresa Totheroh -- even titled their 2012 debut album 'Inheritance,' a fitting name for the musical chops handed down by family members.
London duo Smoke Fairies are in a boxy cadillac, burning through delta-blues cassettes, headed for a 'Thelma & Louise'-style fiery demise. Well, maybe not ... but that’s what their single “The Three of Us” sounds like.
When Marah in the Mainsail, a Minneapolis indie-folk quartet, say their debut EP, ‘Devil Weeds & Dour Deeds,’ is a concept album, comparisons with the Decembrists and Mumford and Sons immediately spring to mind, and rightfully so. But the foursome take a decidedly more aggressive tone than their indie-folk contemporaries, offering bluegrass-folk infused with punk and hardcore influences. The outcome allows them stand out from the pack.
Punk worship made its way to Budapest, Hungary, approximately 17 years ago, and that led to the creation of the Eastern European state’s most infectious rock protégées: Bankrupt.