Trim's Top 5 Bands to Watch
One of the most incredible aspects of working with up-and-coming artists in the music industry is having the privilege to watch bands I believe in move forward. There is a very captivating passion behind the work that goes into progressing from a being local band to a national act, and it's difficult not to feel inspired when you get to watch that all unfold. Of all the bands I have watched gain momentum in the music scene lately, these five are who you should be watching out for - they are all ridiculously talented, driven, and will undoubtedly wind up on your personal music radar very soon. Check them out now so you can brag about knowing about them before your friends do.
HOMETOWN: Boston, MA
FOR FANS OF: Paramore, Ellie Goulding
The first time I listened to PVRIS, I'd come across an acoustic track they had performed in the Empty Room Sessions for their song called St. Patrick. The song was eerie and beautiful, with frontwoman Lynn Gunn bringing a haunting vibe to it all that added a new dimension not present in the full-band version. PVRIS fuses elements of pop punk, alternative, and dance music to create something completely all their own - and it's hard to look away once you get a taste of the energy they bring to their shows. They spent this past summer braving the heat of the Vans Warped Tour,and are currently out on the Honeymoon Tour with Mayday Parade, Tonight Alive, and Major League. Their new LP "White Noise" is available November 4 via Rise/Velocity Records. Check their newest music video here.
HOMETOWN: Oakville, Ontario
FOR FANS OF: Early 2000's pop-punk
If you woke up today hoping for a revival of boy bands who rock Adidas tracksuits and bucket hats on the daily, the Seaway guys are here to answer your prayers. They signed to Pure Noise Records this past summer, performed on Riot Fest alongside names like Brand New and Death Cab For Cutie in September, and have been touring non-stop the past few months with bands like Four Year Strong, Transit, Gob, and Bayside - so I guess a real early pop punk revival is the only thing left to do in between awesome stints like that. Seaway has managed to make a name for themselves in the US since their first tour here last summer, and will be heading overseas to the UK in January alongside Knuckle Puck, Neck Deep, and Trophy Eyes. And despite the fact that they probably won't still be wearing their 90's attire and looking like a bunch of Mandy Moore's ex-boyfriends the next time you see them play in the NYC area (or will they?), they are still some of the most humble, talented guys that play some seriously catchy, fun music. Their new music video, filmed at a party on a balcony in Canada with just the right amount of choreographed dance routines is available here.
3. HEAD NORTH
HOMETOWN: Buffalo, NY
FOR FANS OF: The Story So Far, Brand New
I'm a big fan of Head North for many reasons - partially because we have the same taste in gangsta rap, but mostly because they have made an incredible amount of progress in a very short period of time, touring nationally throughout 2014, releasing a split with good friends A Will Away that garnered them a lot of positive feedback in the industry, and pouring everything they have into getting their music heard since the release of their sophomore EP this past February. There is a lot to say for a young band able to pull off touring all the way out to the west coast without any label backing whatsoever, but these guys made it happen, putting everything into what they do and the music they create - and it shows. Head North performed at Fashion Meets Music Fest this past summer on a roster that included Circa Survive and Cold War Kids, as well as in Brooklyn on the Let It Enfold You tour with Senses Fail and Knuckle Puck. They still have a lot planned for the rest of the year - you can check out the split they released this summer here.
4. HAVE MERCY
HOMETOWN: Baltimore, MD
FOR FANS OF: Taking Back Sunday, Balance & Composure
If you love music that makes you feel absolutely terrible - and I mean that in the best way possible - you should be listening to Have Mercy. Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, this band projects a kind of raw emotion that most strive for and can't ever figure out how to create authentically as these guys have. Their last LP, The Earth Pushed Back, tells a story of mourning lost love and navigating the aftermath, with a follow-up split with Daisyhead released earlier this year that gave fans a taste of the more polished sound we could expect from their full length. Though it won't be released via Hopeless Records untilNovember 4, the band has released four singles from it so far the past few weeks, with their song "Lean" premiering through Alternative Press here. If you are a fan of gritty vocals and a band that really makes you feel something when you listen to them, check out Have Mercy and support them on November 24 in Howell with Neck Deep and Real Friends.
HOMETOWN: Boston, MA
FOR FANS OF: Really, really cool indie rock
Somos is the band that kind of caught everyone by surprise this year by putting out an insanely cool, indie-infused rock record that did not play into any current trends for the sake of being marketable, yet was far too catchy to only listen to once. I love this band because they do a damn good job carrying their own sound and vibe. Hailing from the New England area where they built up a solid following through playing shows there the past few years, they will be performing at Fest down in Florida next week, followed by a tour later this fall with Knuckle Puck and Modern Baseball. Stream their new split here.
If you're into any of these bands and want more recommendations, keep up with the Trim blog for future music content.