1. Prairie Pavement - Red Flags Last Forever (Buffalo, New York)
Genre: Indie Rock
Prairie Pavement is an indie group from Buffalo New York formed by 4 high school friends in early 2021. Starting out as an act for their school’s art festival, Prairie Pavement quickly became the main artistic focus for guitarists, vocalists, and songwriters Sal Constantin (of ) and Jack Chadwick (of ), as well as bass player and writer Eli Gebera, and drummer Dylan (Sticky) Lumb. The band now presents their second full length LP titled “Red Flags Last Forever”. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by close friend Brandon Schmitt, and produced by everyone involved. Most notable for its intense switches in genre, brutal honesty, and topics consisting of unpopular opinions on the lifestyles of young people that surround all of the writers in the group.
2. Oceans Ate Alaska - Disparity (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
Oceans Ate Alaska are a British metalcore band hailing from Birmingham formed in 2010. The band are currently signed to Fearless Records and are known for "uniting boundaries between multiple genres in modern metal" and for "fusing unpredictable polyrhythms and sporadic partnering of melodic and dissonant passages". Original vocalist, James Harrison came up with the band name; naming it after the 1950 Lituya Bay tsunami that swallowed one of Alaska’s gulfs.
3. YUNGBLUD - S/T (Doncaster, United Kingdom)
Emerging from the gritty north of England, YUNGBLUD brings an explosion of raw energy and thought-provoking lyrics. He has created his own blend of alternative rock: poetry, guitar-hooks and break-beats with a fierce determination to make a dent in pop-culture. Dangerously sexy, startlingly bold yet emotionally grounded YUNGBLUD drops a grenade on his audience members imprinting himself in their minds.
4. The Front Bottoms - Theresa (Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey)
Genre: Indie Rock
The Front Bottoms are an indie rock duo from New Jersey whose music is a wildly eclectic blend of pop, rock, and punk influences accompanied by witty lyrics that offer a rapid-fire, slightly surreal perspective on the world around them.
5. The Callous Daoboys - Celebrity Therapist (Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre: Chaotic Hardcore
The recklessly free-spirited collective from Atlanta, Georgia, revels in high-strung extremity, music that’s somehow dense, impenetrable, and chaotic yet confusingly inviting. An undeniable life-affirming glee is palpable as each song deliriously swerves across stylistic lines. The Callous Daoboys come from the school of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, and The Chariot, with a heightened degree of theatricality as one of the methods to their madness. Think Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy getting slapped around good-naturedly by Glassjaw. Celebrity Therapist even indulges in a bit of drone and avant-garde post-rock a la Sigor Rós and Radiohead.
6. Miss May I - Curse of Existence (Troy, Ohio)
The sound and fury of MISS MAY I is deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of a legion of fans. These are people from different backgrounds, of different ages, with diverse life experience, who all come together and connect with MISS MAY I’s combination of brutal proficiency and impassioned delivery. The five-piece powerhouse, from the fertile metalcore grounds of America’s heartland, have become an integral part of the worldwide heavy music community, transcending boundaries and limitations, galvanizing crowds, and energizing each person they encounter.
Miss May I celebrates a decade of savage metalcore and soaring melodic refrains, newly revitalized, and poised for an insurgent career renaissance; armed with unmistakable power, road hardened experience, a steadily building catalog, and unrelenting spirit, supported by a diehard community.
7. 156/Silence - Narrative (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
A soundtrack for those whose story and struggles are seldom reflected in the glossy pages of life’s shining field guide for success, 156/Silence’s impassioned soliloquy stands apart, skirting the shallow pool of false pleasantries and descending deeper into the ominous yet hauntingly beautiful ruminations of a frustrated conscience.
8. State of You - S/T (EP) (United Kingdom)
Genre: Rock N Roll
State of You began to come together at the tail end of 2019. The band is comprised of ex-members of Polar, Hildamay, Outcry Collective and Seasonal. Ollie Jeffs and Max O'Neil on guitars, Nick Jones on drums, Rick Keenan on bass and Steve Sitkowski on vocals. With a shared desire to write straight up rock 'n' roll songs to expel personal demons and take aim at world problems, they found an instant chemistry. After a handful of practices together, the pandemic hit. Instead of grinding to a halt, the band kept their momentum going by sending ideas to each other online and discussing them whilst simultaneously playing Call of Duty. Being crowned the winning team of a Warzone match was a highlight that shall never be forgotten. Picking through over 40 song ideas, the band settled on recording one (Run) with Oz Craggs (Feed the Rhino) at Hidden Track Studios in Folkestone. Proper Covid-19 rules were adhered to at all times. The recording attracted the attention of investor Andy Hillier which then allowed a full EP to be recorded and a video shot by Aaran McKensie from While She Sleeps in Birmingham. Aaran then recommended the band to the record label Silent Cult who signed them instantly. Currently honing their live game as often as they can, State of You are looking forward to smashing the shit out of every stage they get on. Welcoming people from all walks of life to join them on this adventure.
9. Illuminate Me - Dying on a Hill That Nobody Remembers (EP) (Tampa, Florida)
Genre: Chaotic Hardcore
“If you lived in the Southeast (especially Florida) in the last 10 years or so, you may be familiar with a chaotic hardcore/metalcore band known as Illuminate Me. Signed to Tragic Hero Records after gaining a sizable fanbase in their home area, the band ultimately disbanded due to a complete lack of support from their label.
Considering the band arrived at a time where bands in their genre were getting signed to labels and experiencing success, they’re a band that, at least in our opinion, should have “made it”. Now, they’ve reformed and are getting a second chance. Fans of bands like The Chariot will want to give one a spin for sure, and the song also features Oshie Bichar of Beartooth.
About the new song, vocalist Christopher Murray had this to share:
“I believe this band has immense potential that was squandered by a label that did not care about us and destroyed the band’s motivation and passion. I toiled for years at the thought that I was just not good enough. This return is about me proving myself, and the ones that did put the band in that position, ultimately wrong. This is about revenge. Your anger is a gift, don’t waste it. Let it illuminate.”
The new song is also off Illuminate Me’s upcoming EP, Dying On A Hill That Nobody Remembers. The EP also features a guest spot from Aaron Heard of Jesus Piece, so you know it’s gonna be vicious. It’s out at the end of this month.”
- New Fury Media
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