An album review
Cassie Urbany is a singer-songwriter from Washington, DC. This is an album about being left behind, letting go of the past, and making peace with the endless list of things in life that we will never know. In other words, what could but never will be. This five track album has the contrast of very pretty, catchy guitar riffs with a darker subject matter. This is another example of the creativity and power of acoustic music. It’s quite a task trying to pin down exactly what this sound is, to me it’s sort of a mix of country, blues, modern rock, and folk music. Not exactly precise, but like most music, the best way to enjoy it is to listen with an open mind, and see what it means to you.
Heartbreak, She Can Have Him has a lot of heartbreak in every song. What I found really interesting is that the co writer is Cassie Urbanys mother. After a mutual breakup, they began writing together. I remember after my last breakup the only person I was talking to was a big old bottle of vodka, arguably the writing about it method might have been a less nauseating way to get over it. At only five songs, it seems to end shortly after it begins, but every song was beautiful, catchy, relatable, and a little dark. Check this out if you’re a fan of brave, honest songwriting or acoustic jams.
Listen here: https://cassieurbany.bandcamp.com/releases/
An album review
Morning Banana diet is an ambient post-hardcore band from Waneysboro, Pennsylvania. This is a different kind of album, from the first song to the last I found new and interesting songwriting, guitar fills, harsh guttural vocals blended masterfully together to create something really impressive. This is an album that gives the feeling of being right there with the band, a good live sound isn’t easy to pull off, but this five piece has it down perfectly. There’s a lot of ambience mixed in with clear, strong messages.
There’s something very comforting about the way a band screams out about how we are nothing, and our lives don’t matter. Not because I necessarily feel that way, but that someone else out there is feeling the same way that I am. That it’s not out of place or isolating to have those thoughts or ideas. The second track, Lemons, is the one I’m talking about, it’s such an amazing song. It doesn’t end lost in that late night headspace that leaves us lost, floating adrift in the oceans of our minds. The song ends with hope, and I found that really inspiring. Taking the things that make us feel small and using them to make us feel unstoppable. Morning Banana Diet isn’t like any other band I’ve ever heard, they are masterful storytellers as well as songwriters.
The musicians, all of the musicians in this band are so talented. Every musician ha a clear and solid line, the bass and drums keep the beat going while the guitars are busy shredding hard almost constantly throughout. It’s like an entirely new genre of music, something that can’t really be explained exactly. It can only be heard to be fully understood. I urge anyone looking for something new, fun, unique, and groundbreaking to check these guys out.
Seriously. Do it right now.
Listen here: https://morningbananadiet.bandcamp.com/
An album review
My Friday Anthem is an alternative/indie rock band from my hometown of Frederick, Maryland. This is an album about life, love, and the shared experiences that connect us all. The songs are romantic, self deprecating, honest, and very pretty. Listening to this album is a lot like reading one of my notebooks from when I was somewhat younger, when I believed more in the ideas that the world revolved around the girls I was chasing and those inevitable first heartbreaks and the growth that came after. Much like the first track on this album, listening to My Friday Anthem gives me nostalgia for my own life. This is music for anyone who has ever fallen hard in love, anyone who has gained strength from pain, or anyone that can appreciate well written, emotional music.
Anyone seems to be the key word to me, on this album. We all, in our lives go through painful experiences that make us who we are. Inherently, much as there are two sides to any coin, there is as much sadness as there is joy. The way we overcome it, the way we express these feelings is what unites us. In sound, we cease to be seperate, and in that moment when those false fleeting fabrications that work to keep us apart are broken down, there is a glorious experience. This is the glory in sound, the unity of our collect of consciousness that My Friday Anthem has tapped into so well.
This is an excellent, darkly beautiful, well composed album. I highly recommend listening to it and supporting My Friday Anthem.
Listen here: https://myfridayanthem.bandcamp.com/releases/
An album review
Mittenfields is an indie rock band from Washington, DC. To be honest, I was having a rough day. That was until I heard this album. There’s a power that music has, the way that hearing songs that you relate to or enjoy the sound of, that alters your state of mind. With Optimits, Mittenfields has made that kind of album here. The vocals are deep, skillfully written and layered within and behind the excellent instrumentation presented in every track. This is an album that engages well. Every song builds on the previous, while still being strong independent tracks on their own. There’s a strong D.C. sound, with some shoegaze elements present in many of the songs. It’s a light touch, and it adds a lot to the songwriting.
There is a slow burn to this album, like a wax candle burning in a window on a dark city street. Overall this makes for a good feeling, this is an album that also, to me, is very cerebral. Mittenfields is an intelligent band and has no struggle conveying that intelligence in their writing. Pay attention to the dynamics of the guitar, the intricacies of the bass leads, the honest mindful musing of the singing and the intensity of how it all comes together.
This is a band with depth, a depth that will go as deep as you allow. Beautiful, haunting, ethereal, and brilliant, I highly recommend listening to this album.
Listen here: https://mittenfields.bandcamp.com/album/optimists/
On our site we have had the pleasure of listening to some of the best local bands around, and with the summer ending and the fall looming over us, here are 10 of my favorite tracks to usher in the change of seasons, and one shameless self promotion
Sushi Twin: Out of place
Out on the Weekend: Wondering Why
Rachel Kline: The Funeral
Tomato Dodgers: Jokes
Calm and Crisis: Stige
Static Scene: Eye for an Eye:
Creep Crusades: Cutthroat
Cartoon Weapons: Crawlspace
Seaknuckle: Lost in the shade
The Meer: Seven
There is so much good music out there, but these are a collection of songs that really stuck with me, deep into reaches of my conciousness, where the songs stay imprinted in your mind. Give these tracks a listen, check out the album reviews on this site, purchase their albums if you’ve got cash to spare and then go see them live. It’s so important to support local music. I feel very lucky to work within a scene that has been overwhelmingly supportive and is constantly growing.