For many, my constant Facebook documentation of musical exploits and discoveries can be annoying…but to a few, it’s charming and beneficial to their music collections.
To those few, I’m talking to you.
I’ve been asked a few times over the years to properly blog about all the independent and obscure bands and artists I constantly come into. I can’t promise I’ll do this regularly, but rest assured that every band I talk about I was a legitimate fan of before I was friends with them (if they actually know I exist at all) and are worthy of at least one listen on Spotify. I’ll even tell you which one song to listen to. I’ve either got quite an ear for up and comers or a way of blessing the bands I love because the ones I gush about the most have gone on to do Letterman, Conan, SXSW, and be featured in ads for Google and Microsoft.
PRETTY LITTLE DEMONS
If you like… regretting how you wasted your life by not becoming a rockstar by the time you were 12 years old.
Pretty Little Demons is a punky little duo out of LA consisting of 14-year-old Lydia Night on guitar and vox, and 12-year-old Marlhy Murphy on drums and vox. In a band made up of a teenager and a preteen, respectfully, their stuff is 100 percent kid friendly and though it’s never cutesy, it probably wouldn’t sound appropriate for anything more edgy than Radio Disney at this point. But every now and then, the duo cranks out something crunchy and moody like “Unknown Species”, the title track from their 2014 debut album, or even a cover of Hole’s “Violet” that rivals Hole’s own version that gives you a nice glimpse into what their futures as adult rocker chicks are going to look like. If you think these girls are doing killer things singing songs about begrudgingly becoming friends with the annoying kid and not wanting to grow up, just wait until one of them has their first heartbreak. You can catch them at Lollapalooza’s family friendly spin off festival, Kidzapalooza, this summer!
Starter Track: “Unknown Species”
(Main video starts at about 1:38)
If you like… Andrew W.K.’s party philosophy’s becoming a religion and inspiring bands to write songs celebrating that religion.
Baby Baby came into my life on a brisk, October night in 2014 at the Jinx right here in my city of Savannah, Georgia. They opened for hometown sweethearts, CUSSES, and they did more than what’s required of an opener. As they blasted through their high energy set list about perpetual dancing, girls named Keisha, and arson, they drank a lot of beer (and Scorpion Tea from Hangfire), made some offensive jokes, lost the audience, smoothed over said offensive jokes, won back the audience, drank more beer, and lead the audience in a sing-along to wrap up their time on stage. By that point, at least three-fifths of them were shirtless, something close to that ratio were sloshed, and the drummer didn’t have on any pants. It was glorious. I left that show a believer in Carrollton, Georgia’s fun-rock fivesome. They’re currently working steadily to make the rest of the world believers too because they’re scheduled to play SXSW in March and they’re touring with Vans Warped Tour over the entire summer. Make it a point to party with them in a city near you!
Starter Track: “Fire!”
If you like… lo fi teen rebellion and angst
Have you ever clicked on a video suggested to you by Youtube? Well I have, and it gave me “Forever”, a slinky little garage rock love song, by Cincinnati duo (formally a trio) Tweens. Their debut, self-titled record is a tight, unflashy, rapid fire 35 minute trip that cruises right beside the sharp, buoyant voice of front woman Bridget Battle who, according to her, was urged to pick up a guitar and start writing songs by her roommates, and future band mates, as early as 3 years ago. Since having that little chat, Tweens have played with The Breeders and Black Lips and been invited to play SXSW their second year in a row. If that’s not a path toward total world domination, I don’t know what is.
Starter Track: “Be Mean”