Pop/Punk is a genre that appears to have been on the decline in recent years. California based, The New Varsity, a great example of many of the great elements of the genre. Their catalog is very consistent, with few tracks disappointing. They will likely face much of the same stigma of some people thinking these bands “all sound the same”. However, it’s a genre that’s easy to sound terrible, and these guys definitely don’t. They’re a solid group; see if you agree and give a listen.
[Official Bio] THE NEW VARSITY ; Reincarnating an early mellenia rock sound; The New Varsity has impacted the inland empire with an instantly memorable, emo-laced, pop punk product. Old enough to be considered retro, but modernized to acceptability. The New Varsity strives to carry on the torch once held by the likes of Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Etc. and resurface the love for a timeless scene that we all remember.
You know that band where you can hear how great they could be with a few minor tweaks? That’s The Prettiest Meltdown. Lead Vocalist, Kiara, has a great look and a characteristic voice with power. I’m hesitant to use the Amy Lee comparison due to overuse, but it may be the most apt vocal comparison. Increased production techniques could help the band polish their gritty brand of Alternative Rock. In the mean time, check them out for yourself. What do you think?
[Official Bio] The Prettiest Meltdown (TPM) is a female fronted 5 piece hard rock band based out of NYC. Their music is an eclectic blend of rock, punk, electronics, feedback, hula hoops, ninjas, house cats, pizza, diners, alcohol, and tonka trucks. The music is only shadowed by their high energy live performances.
This quintet will tantalize your senses and once again illuminate the part of your brain that has been suffocated by the burning decay of modern music. The underground music scene of NYC is once again on the rise and TPM has their finger on the pulse of this upcoming revolution. Stay tuned, further updates as incidents ensue. Damage assessment report is underway. Enjoy! Thanks for listening!
This Brooklyn Pop duo is a group that’s been on our radar for some time, so it’s slightly embarrassing to only be spreading the word now. Infusing elements of electronic, pop, and indie sensibilities in a uniquely characteristic way is the best way to describe their sound while still not giving it due credit for just how catchy it is. Jess Corazza has a truly unique voice; one that defines the sound of the group. Tracks like “Warpaint” and “Achilles Heal” will surprise your ear on first listen and bring you back for seconds.
[Official Bio] Cinematic alternative pop duo Manicanparty were born with ideas of female empowerment and the importance of unity. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, by way of Minnesota, Jess (vocals) and Pat (production) create orchestral and terrestrial atmospheric compositions about togetherness (“Achilles”) and viewing the world from outside perspectives and cultural differences (“Warpaint”). Expanding on EP 1’s exploration of their musical identity, The District is guided by their internal struggles while taking the discovery of their musical identity and externalizing it of their personal experiences to make expressive, uplifting music, bringing together the best of classic and modern sounds. They draw on the same aural palette as many electro-pop artists today, but their classic sense of song craft, soaring vocals, and infectious rhythms set them apart.
“The District is really about people. People in our lives and people that you hear about who aren’t directly in your life, but that idea that we are all tied together somehow. We met the guys from Too Many Zooz when they were performing in the subway one day and we were inspired so we asked if they wanted to do a song together. Then we invited 7 of our friends to sing back up and a number of other musician friends to play on the record (“Fools Gold”). It’s incredible. Different people coming together to create something that will hopefully have an impact on someone else. That’s really what this project meant to us. We wanted to create this music where when the song is over you were suddenly inspired or motivated to do something, in whatever form that is for you. That’s the great power of music. Its universal and its strong enough to make a change.”
There’s something about the vocal of Chloe Lowery that is so refreshingly believable; nothing contrived here. When a group manages to remind us that music is after all an art form, that’s something special. There are somber and tranquil moments with emotionally strained vocals, epic power ballad choruses, and basically something for everyone. This group is truly something special, and we’re proud they hail from New York City.
[Official Bio] We are Chameleon. After several mix tapes, long conversations, and the combined drive to make music that is fresh and interesting, Chameleon was born. It was created from the friendship and musical connection between Chloe Lowery and Andrew Ross. Since its inception in 2011, Chameleon has evolved into its namesake, creating a sound that molds varying genres, while keeping both its heavy underlying beats and powerhouse vocals.
Chameleon was formed after successful solo collaborations with bands and artists like Trans Siberian Orchestra, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Everclear, Chris Botti, Yanni, and more. Their diverse backgrounds and influences have been the guiding force when developing their sound.
Conceptualized solely under their joint production company, Center of the Universe Studios in Queens, NY, Chameleon has released two EP’s to critical acclaim. Something in the Water was released in March of 2013 and their latest, The Monster EP, was released late 2013. The Monster EP is home to their recent singles, Anthem and Stay Wait and was featured in Under the Radar’s Magazine January 2014 Digital Sampler. Through their joint venture with Tinderbox Music, The Monster EP has charted in the top 5 of the CMJ charts on college radio stations nationwide. Music videos for both featured singles have gone viral and been played on several major media outlets including Pulse TV and Buzznet.
In the last two years Chameleon has played SXSW, opened for platinum selling artists, selected as a featured artist on several media sites like Reverb Nation, and continued to play their home local scene of NYC. They have gained a large and devout following, which continues to grow with each release.
There’s a retro ambient vibe to New York’s Trapped In Static. While I’m normally in a perpetual search for a hook, it’s easy to find yourself trapped in the tranquility created by the spacious vocal and the melancholy guitars. In its relatively brief existence, the band has performed all over NYC, and will soon be venturing out to cross the country. So, be on the lookout for them in your city sometime soon.
[Official Bio] Trapped In Static (TIS.) made their New York City debut in 2011 as an alternative rock/indie band featuring singer/guitarist Athan Hilaki (formerly of GAD.) and drummer David Torres. Athan’s dynamically strong vocals feature a hint of raspy power that are often compared to vocal legends Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/Audioslave), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Scott Stapp (Creed). Torres’s drum rhythms take their influence from Kings Of Leon, Phoenix and Interpol, creating the foundational surge for the listener to truly become part of the music. Using the depth of life experiences as inspiration for their lyrics, the band strive to connect with the listener through rock-and-roll infused messages of overcoming obstacles with a tinge of sorrow-filled hope. Guitar riffs, keyboards and an emotionally-charged stage presence add to the radio-ready experience of TIS.
“We’re all trying to escape the static that surrounds us,” said Hilaki. “We all seem to be trapped in some way, and the theme of our music is to find ways to break free from the things that hold you back. I’m not just saying the lyrics…I’m feeling them.”
TIS. have made an immediate impact on the New York City music scene performing in some of the city’s most coveted venues including Gramercy Theater, The Studio at Webster Hall, The Bitter End, Sullivan Hall, Knitting Factory, Pianos, Bowery Electric, Delancey and Arlene’s Grocery, and the band’s songs were featured on the TV shows Minding Your Business (2012) and Niteclub Ratings (2013). TIS. has also appeared live on Ellas TV, WVIP FM, Nexus Productions Radio and Hellas FM radio. In December 2011 TIS. finished fifth in the competition “Hometown Hero” by z100, were named TOP Artist of May 2013 at ArtistSignal.com and finished at the TOP3 for the RAWards 2013. In July 2013, they released their first EP titled On a Stage (Red Thumbtack) featuring the singles What Else Is There and Lost Souls which is currently available on iTunes, Amazon and Google. A full album is scheduled to be released in early 2014 and an US tour is shaping up for mid-2014.
Feel good Hard Rock is something difficult to find and to pull off. Bands are typically left as one or the other. I Ignite, hailing from Long Island, has done a solid balancing act, combining elements of Pop Punk and Hard Rock, which results in aggressive guitars and an almost danceable tune. If they’re able to craft a truly memorable hook and chorus that sticks with the listener, they could become a Warped Tour staple type band. If you like what you hear, give them a listen on Facebook, Twitter, or Reverbnation.
[Official Bio] The buzz surrounding Long Island 5 piece punk/metal/rock band I Ignite has been loud, proud, and overwhelmingly positive! Stemming from their first performance in December 2011, people have only been asking for more of what originally began as the brainchild and creative outlet for For The Taking/A Farewell Fire guitarist Eddie Raccioppi; the music that first began appearing on his personal Facebook music page has now exploded into a full band live show experience.
After years of paying dues as a stellar ax-man and astute songwriter in clubs and bars all over Long Island and New York City with his former bands, Eddie has laid down his guitar and traded up for a microphone, assembling some of the best musicians on Long Island who have come to truly believe in the new music and round out the project that’s really turning some heads. The members of I Ignite are comprised of veteran members from some of the Island’s best local acts under and ON the radar including: For The Taking, Aprils End, Blameshift, The New Black, and The Apparition.
“I Ignite is about life and lessons learned”, says vocalist Eddie Raccioppi who wrote and recorded the bands 8 song CD on his own. His most recent songs, “Without You” and “Falling”, are already on heavy east coast terrestrial and local Internet radio station rotation. 2012 looks to be a very promising year for I Ignite with new music, photo shoots, and a music video lined up for the band before the start of the summer months. I Ignite bring to the table a refreshing level of energy, heart, and excitement that some bands lack in today’s commercial music industry. It shows in their music, and how they play it as they continue to take the stage and continually “wow” audiences every time.