Tiger Waves – “Weekends”: Founder Reid Comstock was always somewhat of an eccentric guy, having a number of music projects under the name “Father Padraig” and enjoying depth in everything he does. After relocating to Austin, TX – the indie music mecca of America, Tiger Waves became his new project. The band has an indie/alternative sound with a bit of a Beach Boys spin on things, and “Weekends” has been their song to really take off. The harmonies are spot on, and “Weekends” has the potential to take off as a summer song on playlists across the US. Enough is going on to give Tiger Waves that indie sensibility needed to appeal to those that are anti-mainstream without shunning those who don’t regularly seek out intricate underground music.
Close Your Eyes – “Erie”: Close Your Eyes fully embraces the hardcore punk sound on this, the second radio single from Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts. Vocalist Shane (shame he couldn’t continue with the band) is as passionate as ever. Nearly as soon as the song starts, it’s over. But that’s a hallmark of punk – catchy songs that end all too quickly. Is it the most memorable song in the genre? Nope, but no doubt fans will love it. “Valleys” is definitely the stronger of the two singles from the record, though.
Dangerkids- “Countdown”: Dangerkids are effectively a more heavy Linkin Park – they take elements of several successful artists before them and place their spin on it. Any band who has a music video that racks up over 30,000 views on Youtube prior to ANY live performance bears checking out. While the chorus has a bit of a “heard that before” vibe, it certainly sticks in your head for a long time. Vocalist Andy Bane told me at their first show that they intend to take their career all the way. If they keep churning out songs like this they certainly ought to be capable. I predict these guys will have a huge following a year from now. Also, you gotta love a music video that comes with a warning for epileptics.
Attack Attack! – “The Revolution”: You know you’re in for something brutal when the intro of a song is merely Caleb Shomo desperately growling “Start the revolution!” The verses are admittedly generic, “chug-chug-chug” verses with the guitars tuned super low but the chorus is huge and whiny vocals are completely absent. The electronic elements AA! is known for in earlier material are unfortunately gone as well, but as a stand-alone metalcore song this is a lot of fun and I imagine would translate well into a live setting. Plus, you gotta give props to a band whose music video adaptation is a Japanese storyline.