Drawing influence from post-rock and punk scenes, Prawn have released two full-length albums, two EPs, and three splits since their 2008 formation. Their latest, Run, was recorded in the space of just two weeks at The Barber Shop Studios, an aged lake-front stone church in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. Although recording was prompt, the songs themselves were written over the course of two painstaking years. Touching on themes of isolation and alienation, Tony Clark expresses, “A lot of what came out was the sheer difficulty of truly relating to one another.” Punchier and more proactive, Run refines the sound of 2014’s Kingfisher LP – which swelled with both brass and string arrangement – by concentrating only on the instruments they’re able to play live. A significant release on its own terms, let alone as a building block to wherever this band might take themselves, Run is the sound of a band truly finding comfort in their surroundings and channeling it in to the most focused and exhilarating work of their life.
It doesn’t seem possible that the fuzzed-out rhythms and walls of sound coming from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, could be produced by anything other than a full-fledged guitar band. But, all that noise, energy and fun is the work of Carly Comando and Tom Patterson, the wife and husband duo who together make Slingshot Dakota the little band with the big sound. Combining a robust low-end with sweet and delicate melodies, Carly makes full use of her heavily effected keyboard while also providing vocals that are, in turn, sweet and polished or earnest and raw. Tom fills out the sonic middle ground with his drum kit, knowing just when to hold back and when to let loose and wail away. It’s a little bit pop, it’s a little bit punk, and it’s 100% fun. Their latest full-length, Break, was released last year via Topshelf Records, and they followed that up in 2017 with a seven inch called Broken.
People Like You strive to represent, well, people like you – a diverse entity desiring to deliver a sense of genuine authenticity through music as their creative, unifying outlet. The Boston-based band of five derive their sound from influences like Philip Glass, Japanese Math Rock, Avante-Garde Jazz, and Minimalism. Their current lineup has played together for a year and a half, having undergone lineup changes since their creation three years ago. Instrumental improvisation and raw vulnerability underlie the collective’s refined musicality in which they explore themes of transition and personal growth without sounding pompous or gimmicky.
Us and Us Only formed as a trio in Baltimore around 2009. After self-releasing four EPs that vary between acoustic arrangements to a warped vision of indie rock featuring chopped and sampled vocals alongside more dense and distorted soundscapes, the band has settled into a groove that manages to distill all of those sounds into their first LP, Full Flower.
Full Flower is an exercise in letting the light in – the result of a band exploring sonic space throughout its thirteen tracks, weaving smaller, more production-intensive vignettes into the larger fabric of Us and Us Only’s trademark see-sawing dynamics. In allowing its home in bedroom ambiance to work in harmony with high fidelity studio prowess, Full Flower is a rock album viewed through the morning haze of half-open eyes.
All is Well is a post rock band with layered melodies, blended with progressive elements that embrace honest lyrical reflections.
“…a powerful amalgamation of keyboards and guitars. Profoundly melodic and rhythmically moving. You feel like you’re listening to a musical jigsaw puzzle of a sunrise.”
– Aaron Nicholas of Trouper