1. Sideyard (Phoenix, AR)
If you are looking for that sadpunk feel, look no further than the band Sideyard. The band, formed in 2013, has already released two Ep’s. While the influence of great bands like Citizen and Balance and Composure is evident in their music, Sideyard has really settled in to their own sound, especially with their second release, Losing Air. The soaring leads and emotional vocals convey the kind of emotion we all like to hear in this genre. Keep an eye out as this band forges ahead in the music scene.
2. Désir Decir (Jersey City, NJ)
If you happen to have a submarine, this is the band for your party under the sea! Désir Decir is a rock band that will really give you that nostalgic feeling of 70’s punk and rock n’ roll, and that’s just the way they like it! The band is currently working under NJ independant label, Killing Horse Records and they have released two records. If you live in the Jersey City area, be sure to check them out. Rock on!
3. Astral Mass (Indianapolis, IN)
If you need something to jam while you are kicking back eating some pizza rolls and thinking about the wonders of space exploration, then it’s time to throw on this stoner/space/doom band. Bringing a 70’s tone, Astral Mass has the perfect blend of fuzz and chill. Their music is laid back and jammy, but surprisingly driving. What is most remarkable about this outfit is their ability to incorporate so many different elements. From ambient feedback and delay, to punchy driving riffs and random accent bits, Atrsal Mass is leading the charge when it comes to being experimental.
4. Mother Crone (Seattle, WA)
The most thrilling thing about music is that one can the same instruments, effects, and styles, and compose a completely different sound than any other musician. Much like Astral Mass, Mother Crone takes full advantage of fuzz, rough vocals, lead riffs, and more, but creates a completely different sound. Instead of being jammy and laid back like many bands in this genre, Mother Crone takes the style toward its most brutal and grinding form. Not to mention, these dudes have some really cool merch designs!
5. DISCOUNT JAW REMOVAL (Monmouth, IL)
If you like your music heavy, Discount Jaw Removal is the millstone that will drag you to the bottom of the ocean. Oscillating between deathcore and beatdown vibes, Discount Jaw Removal reimagines the rules for brutality. Sometimes you just want something to help you overcome the desire to rip someone’s face off. In those special moments, Discount Jaw Removal might just help you cope. Or, maybe it might make it worse… You tell us.
6. Weatherbox (San Diego, CA)
Independant rock/alternative/experimental music is often hit or miss. If you leave a group of eccentric, experimental artists to their own devices, you can end up in some weird places. However, that same creative freedom can also result in something truly spectacular. Weatherbox is a perfect example of the potential that the “experimental gamble” has for producing something beautiful. If you are craving some flagrently original, down-right jammy, and emotionally complicated tones, it’s time to blast some WeatherBox!
7. Bombflower (Lake County IL)
Describing themselves as Ska, Hip-Hop, Punk rock, Bombflower is a unique auditory experience. Passionately avoiding a narrowing genre association, this band incorporates iconic genre tropes from a wide range of musical influences. Capably and skillfully meandering through laidback vibes in one song and blasting through a punk-inspired riffs in the next, Bombflower is primed to take listeners on a artistic adventure like no other. Check them out on tour this winter.
8. In My Absence (Lafayette, Louisiana)
In My Absence is an up and coming alternative rock band who is sure to make it on to your regular playlist. Some of their influences include bands like Breaking Benjamin, and Killswitch Engage. With their blend of heavy riffs, atmospheric synths, and tastefully placed breakdowns, In My Absence is the kind of band that can appeal to a wide audience. Keep your eyes out as this band continues to produce catchy songs.
9. Your Last Chance (Omaha, Nebraska)
A rising post-hardcore/metalcore band, Your Last Chance is definitely a group worth checking out. YLC takes a creative approach to their sound, incorporating gang vocals, pleasing interludes, and some spoken word in a way that sets them apart from most other post-hardcore bands. Your Last Chance recently released Lost Ones, an album that deals with different relatable issues ranging from broken families to loneliness. If you are in the mood for some post hardcore with driving beats and catchy choruses, don’t sleep on this band. They will definitely have you singing along in no time!
10. Hanging Moon (Nashville, TN)
Sludgy and heavy. That’s the best way to describe the creative outpouring of these Nashville natives, Hanging Moon. Characterized by lyrical content that is certainly anti-establishment, Hanging Moon highlights the degradation of current power structures in a provocative way: “With decisions made by men safe in their towers/The body count is now the currency of power.” In those dark moments, when the dissenter inside you is begging for a hardcore dancing sesh, Hanging Moon will get you hyped in no time.
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