Debrider is a dreamy indie pop shoegaze dive into a world of beautiful despondency. Based out of Richmond, this is the third album that the band has released. Gift Horse is stunning, the vocal harmonies by Lia Pisa-Relli are dazzling and unforgettable. The raw power in her voice shines through in every song, and with help of new band members are elevated by their skillful and dynamic creativity. Debrider excels at channeling vulnerability and loneliness and making it feel so authentic. There’s a lot of catharsis to be found in Gift Horse. Times are hard for a lot of people, and sometimes just knowing that another person out there is going through the same thing can be so reassuring and inspiring. Many musicians get into songwriting with the mindset of writing something that would make people feel more okay about their lives. By writing about the most painful experiences, the anguish and heartache of others can be lessened. Debrider have absolutely mastered that with Gift Horse.
“I forget what it even feels like to feel right” – Lover’s Lullaby
For fans of : Warpaint, Slowdive, Bon Iver
Fellowcraft is a grunge-blues trio from Washington, D.C.
Over three years in the making, Fellowcraft has gone above and beyond with the production and composition. This album reflects the D.C. party vibe while still getting that fuzz in. This is very evident in the track, That’s That. It’s refreshing to have some positive vibes in these dark times. D.C. has been a battleground since 2016, but it’s still a beautiful, unique place that has so many things to offer both residents and tourists. It’s a city of travelers and vagrants, of transition and government oppression. This album at times feels like a love letter to the life in the city and a condemnation of the evils within.
Raucous guitars give way to quiet, somber reflection that comes from a cold D.C. street after last call. Special note that there are many special featured guests, I won’t spoil them here but if you are into live music in the district they will be familiar.
This album is fantastic in that there is something for everyone, while keeping things fresh and original with their organic take on the blues, grunge, and everything in between.
Favorite Track: Believe in We
For fans of: Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Foghat, Buffalo Springfield, Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Review – Jeff Orrence
Vorrh is a dark-ambient band based in Baltimore, MD. Their debut album, Nomads of the Infinite Wild, was released in March 2018. Vorrh’s music gives off an earthy vibe and air of mystery. The songs uncoil into a vibrant soundscape–part forest, part desert–each one seamlessly flowing into the next. The guitar and vocal lines are matched in a steady dance, ghostly and shimmering. Its heaviness and fuzz are balanced by graceful, melodic subtlety. There is a lot of empty space here, used in the best way possible. Nomads of the Infinite Wild creates a mood and holds its listeners there. It’s calming drone is easy to be lost in.
For fans of: King Woman, Earth, Tool
Listen and download here: https://vorrh.bandcamp.com/
The Neuro Farm is a four piece indie rock band based in Washington DC. Their second and latest release, Ghosts, is a seven song circuit through spacey darkness and attentive revelry. Their sound is layered beautifully with soaring violin and vocal harmonies and an intense, driving rhythm section. This is a group who understands that music is magic, and communicates it well. Simultaneously grounding and expanding, the feel of the record resonates deep within that place where we are “one purpose…one mind.”
For fans of The Smashing Pumpkins, Chelsea Wolfe, Florence + The Machine.
Listen and download here: https://theneurofarm.bandcamp.com/
Follow and find a list of The Neuro Farm’s upcoming shows here: https://www.facebook.com/theneurofarm
Piramid Scheme is a garage glam rock band from Washington, DC. They recently released their first EP, a very dark and personal release that highlights innovative brilliance of Lisa Said. It’s reminiscent of of the proto-punk of the late 70s, but still sounds contemporary and innovative.
This band is full of incredibly talented people, the songwriting and intricate guitar lines really stand out. For fans of The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, The Cure, or Patti Smith. It’s a very electric guitar driven EP. Get Rich Quick Too calls out a lot of people for their bullshit without expecting anything to change. This connects to the listener in a very personal way. It’s not difficult to feel and understand the things Piramid Scheme is presenting, and it can turn listening into a deeply emotional and introspective experience. Pay 2 Play, the final track on the album is a perfect example of this. The way the voices build on top of each other, getting more confused and desperate is absolutely brilliant in its presentation.
For fans of The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, The Cure, or Patti Smith.
Piramid Scheme has a lot to offer everyone, and if you’re in the DC area try to go see a show! Piramid Scheme is playing Black Cat on 5/1, don’t miss out!
Listen here: http://www.piramidscheme.com
Although is an indie rock band from Frederick, MD. Their two song EP, Test, came in under the radar last year and blew us away. It’s full of passion, pain and gives a voice to the feeling of being trapped and lost in the endless repetition of existence. Although evokes the emotional weight that bears down on us all from the uncertainty of our place in the universe.
Although writes the kind of songs that stay with the listener,, one of this bands greatest strengths is their songwriting. Although can say more with two chords than some artists can say in an entire record. Sometimes it can seem like so much emphasis in popular music lately has been all about being happy and pushing all negativity and anger to the side. It’s as if the darker emotions don’t haunt the waking hours of our lives. It’s refreshing when something as bold and sincere as this comes out. Although has made a remarkably personal, and they are set to leave an impact on the world around them.
As many quiet, pensive moments are in Test, Although has an explosive and commanding live energy. Fans of Built To Spill, Modest Mouse, The Pixies, should make a point to listen to this band.
Listen here: https://although.bandcamp.com/
Ryan Gibson released Ryan Gibson on January 15, 2018.
Ryan Gibson is an eloquent, somber exposition. The intricate guitar work beautifully laces melancholy melodies and cynical lyrics, with a rhythm section that subtly drives and underlines. Songs paint dark vignettes of bitterness and city streets, affected by a reverence for mystery and solitude. The lyrics sometimes contrast the pretty melodies that contain them with their unabashed spite, boldly calling out the state of a world that is cruel and often shallow. But even here there are glimmers of hope and innocence. It is the work of an artist with the depth and resiliency to “transcend hell,” and still have the playfulness to sail the sewer in a paper boat.
The beauty of this album is in its subtlety. Harmonies that bring great depth are sometimes barely audible, where simplicity of sound is an illusory device. Each songs is meticulously crafted; each part is envisioned, played, and layered with the precision made possible by being the work’s sole creative source. This is an album one could listen many times and still continue to uncover nuances.
Listen and Buy Here: https://ryangibson.bandcamp.com/album/ryan-gibson