We all know this person; someone so romanticized with the “golden age” of music that any current release falls on their deaf ears. They are a living personification of Jack Black’s character in High Fidelity, but a little less comedic to interact with.
I write these words as an antidote for this person, and those who suffer alike. By no means should you let go of the past, but open your ears to these great bands to see where some old favorites have had an influence.
Like NIRVANA? Check out TURNOVER.
While the music is noticeably less abrasive than Seattle’s finest, the melancholy lyrics and raw songwriting that comes from this Virginia group are presented in a similar fashion to Kurt Cobain and company. Their latest record “Peripheral Vision” was released in the Spring and has already seen an eclectic tour cycle, supporting a wide variety of acts, such as New Found Glory and Lydia. In true DIY-Grunge fashion, these humble musicians really will play for anyone who cares to listen.
Do you enjoy NO DOUBT? Listen to PVRIS
Currently doing a stint on the main stage at Warped Tour, Pvris (pronounced “Paris”) have taken their Rise Records debut record “White Noise” to great heights. While this has more of an electronic makeover than a ska influence, frontwoman Lynn Gunn’s stories of love and loss recall No Doubt’s intellectual take on pop-punk familiarly. They have successfully proven to their peers and listeners that Gunn can give a 90’s Era Gwen Stefani a run for her money on the vocal chords.
Still a BLACK SABBATH fan? Give TWITCHING TONGUES a shot.
It’s rare that a band from the thriving Southern California hardcore scene breaks ground outside of their underground circle of hype, but Twitching Tongues have done just that. Their contemporary sound blends 70’s rock with sludgy hardcore and a dark, doomy lyrical influence. Recently signing to Metal Blade Records, the band intends to continue winning over the masses with their unique brand of melodic metal. “Disharmony” is out this Fall.
Did you dream of stage diving to BAD BRAINS at a CBGB’s matinee? ANGEL DU$T is for you
While many aged punk fans say the genre is dead, naysayers fail to see that some of their young predecessors are keeping it alive. Enter Angel Du$t; aka Angel Dust Money, or what have you. The group’s light hearted mix of upbeat and fast punk rock surely recalls “I Against I” era Bad Brains, and the tongue-in-cheek lyrics are still in full force this time around with AD$. It is as infectious as it is relieving to hear musicians create songs so dead set on starting a party.
It goes without saying that the influence can go both ways. If you are a young fan entering the genre, study up on bands that might have held an influence. If you’re one of those people I had discussed earlier in this piece, study up! The younger generation has still got it.