“Never Mind The Bullets: Brooklyn’s Unknown Rock-stars”
By Ky DiGregorio
It’s half past 7:00pm and Brooklyn glam punk band Love Bullet is lounging around my apartment following their mid-day show on Governors Island. We left the festival, Punk Island, at the same time, but somehow the band showed up at my place two hours after I did. Call it a testament to what Love Bullet is all about: winging it. At all costs.
“We’re not a punk band,” says the group’s lead guitarist, and the rest of the guys agree. “Cause we’re not all ‘politics this, politics that, fuck the world!’,” he explains.
Styles, lead singer of Love Bullet, chimes in next. “And we’re not a rock n’ roll band… We’d like to be, but that would mean having our shit together!”
I’d almost expect them to say “we don’t put labels on our music”, but that’s a little too 80’s new wave, and none of these guys have Duran Duran haircuts. No, Love Bullet is just infected with a highly contagious case of Ramones Syndrome – a lot of fist fighting, boredom, and glue sniffing to fuel their “no labels” policy.
It looks that way, at least. Continue reading
Welcome to your “cool new Brooklyn band of the day”. NYC-based rock group, Tenements, who are prepping to release their first full-length studio album, Greenling, this August, are a more than just your average indie rock band. In songs like “The World Is Alright” and “Greenling”, reverb-y elements of psychedelia and american, fused with heavily-layered bright guitar and piano riffs, make for some interesting products. Check out the video for “Greenling” above to preview what’s to come with the albums sound, and see these New York natives in action. They even have an MTA Metro Card on their snare drum. Now that’s hometown love.
Tenements are trying to raise money for a vinyl release via Kickstarter, so if you dig the sound, lend a hand!
Former Belle is a new breed of folky love, or maybe even a dying breed of something old and wise that was shoved out of the way for indie rock. The Philadelphia-based four-piece, which features upright bass, violin, glockenspiel, and other toys that add to Former Belle’s multi-instrumentation, are one of those new artists that make you say “They sound like (blank) but better”. For me, Former Belle sounds better than Bright Eyes, but maybe it’s just because frontman Bruno Catrambone is charming on stage and off, not crying into his microphone. With Former Belle as our “New Artist Of The Month” (are we cool enough to be doing that sort of thing?), Bruno sat down with me to shed some light on what he’s really all about: home recordings, couch surfing, James Taylor, and watching King Of Queens. Continue reading
Not everyone survives the local scene. The greater Philadelphia area is a rough place to be for progressive rock bands trying to make it. Are you post-rock? Are you just a four-letter-word for melodic hardcore? Will you always be living in the shadow of hometown heroes Circa Survive? Do you even know what you’re doing? Will anyone even listen? In an area where experimental rock is the most sought after escape from becoming a burn out “never-was” musician, is it possible to create a formula for success? Lansdale five-piece Trophywife is on their way to cracking the secrets known by very few. They’re not unlike characters in a Dan Brown novel, except the goal in question is finding the Holy Grail of experimental hard rock, not the bloodline of Jesus Christ (unless you consider Jesus Christ to be Daryl Palumbo or Anthony Green). Step one, grow up and cut your hair. Step two, hang out in a bunch of haunted houses. Step three, get angry. Continue reading
Brooklyn-based musicians Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson, formerly of New York indie rock band Pela, have embarked on a new musical venture, Augustines. Augustines have recently been supporting The Boxer Rebellion on tour and gearing up for the 2011 release of their debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships. Look for them around the NYC music scene and have a listen to their new song: