The transient nature of Boston has inspired a diverse, cutting edge and restless music community unlike any other. From the basements of Somerville to the bars of Cambridge, here’s a list of ten up-and-coming acts you should check out from this cultural hotspot.
1. The Field Effect—“Jenny (It’s Getting Late)”
The first official release from The Field Effect since its 2012 debut LP Cartography is a staggeringly confident and high-energy slab of indie-rock ecstasy, with a story line that perfectly captures the all-too-familiar, cliché moments of young adulthood. “It’s getting late and I don’t want to be alone,” croons guitarist/vocalist Doug Orey, “She’s looking at me and I want to take her home.”
2. Rebuilder—Rebuilder EP: “Everything That I Hate”
“I see the cop cars/My head is spinning,” shouts Sal Ellingto on the opening track of Rebuilder’s 2013, self-titled EP: an outburst of dissonance, reverb and ’90s skater-rock. Fortunately, the song’s structure is not as troubled as its protagonist. Arranged around big hooks and a sing-a-long chorus, “Everything That I Hate” is the ultimate post-punk comfort food.
3. Yellabird—Debts: “Tired Eyes”
Brilliantly loud and raucous Boston two-piece Yellabird return with this thudding, bluesy cut from its forthcoming LP, Debts. A promising sign of things to come.
4. Kal Marks—Life is Murder: “Life is Murder”
What started as a solo musical effort on the part of New Hampshire native Carl Shane has transformed into a wailing (and deeply-tormented) musical wildcat that reigns over the jungle of Boston’s grunge scene.
5. Twin Berlin— Sleezebrain: “Buzzkill”
“Raw and belligerent rock born out of anxiety and self doubt, executed with a confident, sarcastic swagger,” reads the description on garage-rock outfit Twin Berlin’s Facebook page. Rightfully described, the Boston trio’s music catalogue is a destructive storm of piercing howls, thundering percussions and rumbling guitars. Don’t say they didn’t warn you.
6. Goddamn Draculas: “Ham Trapper”
Grab your torch and pitchfork! For Goddamn Draculas’ premiere single is clearly the work of some dark, twisted magic: it’s a dingy, gothic stomper saturated in eery growls, cascading metal guitar riffs and glam-punk thrills.
8. Blackbutton—AM Clouds, PM Sun: “AM Clouds, PM Sun
The first taste of Blackbutton’s “AM Clouds, PM Sun”—released by the grunge-rockers in February as a part of its Stripper Series—might just scorch your tongue. Burning heat rips through the near-four minutes of feedback explosions and industrial guitars on this torching single. Ah. Hurts so good.
9. The Color and Sound—The Spring Tour EP: “Graves”
While many have declared emo-pop a dying cause (along with Pete Wentz’s signature, slick hairstyle circa 2005), The Color and Sound aren’t ready to let the party die just yet. Punchy guitar rock hooks matched with call-and-response vocals keep listeners hooked on this closing number of the group’s debut LP, but don’t distract from their’ true charm and wit as they chant out clever one-liners like,“My head is a cave/Where I’ve digging graves for you and me.”
10. Krill—Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts into Tears: “Sweet Death”
Krill has come a long way since first stumbling out of its headquarters in Jamaican Plain. Armed with a unique brand of experimental punk-garage noise and backed by the likes of Pitchfork, StereoGum and Allston Pudding, the trio has become a beloved staple of Boston’s music scene.
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