The Firnats are an indie rock band from Washington, DC. The Firnats have crafted a classic sounding album with their own modern twist. My first impressions reminded me a lot of The Blue Album, Dinosaur Jr, The Decemberists (but a lot more down to earth/no songs about mariners) and Death Cab for Cutie. This album has a lot of down to earth, honest themes. Songs about unrequited love, drinking, loss, and love. That’s what I think makes The Firnats such an exceptional band, how relatable their songs are. Not to mention the excellent songwriting, skilled musicianship, mellow sound, and great stage presence. I was at a show with them and can personally say they know how to make a crowd feel engaged and put on a killer set.
El Dorado touches a lot of different styles and ideas, the sounds build up and come back down like the tides, or the currents of the seas. Drifting without becoming lost, this is catchy music. There’s a lot of pop elements too, for those who don’t like music to be too aggressive. This is a great album to listen to after a long day, to unwind and have a few beers with your friends. With Spring on the horizon and Summer fast approaching, it’s a good idea to get some people together as the sun sets and put on El Dorado. If you’re a fan of modern rock, smooth ballads, and good times, check out The Firnats!
Listen Here: https://thefirnats.bandcamp.com/album/el-dorado
Dear Adamus is an indie rock band from Virginia Beach, Virginia. This release has all of the stark beauty of standing on the a high cliff, overlooking the sea on a cold and cloudy day. Introspective, honest, and emotional, Afterlight is the kind of release that could be listened to over and over and something new could still be gained. The tone of the guitar and the vocal melodies are all very crisp and clear, the production is excellent. Primarily acoustic, the guitar work all has a detailed complexity that fills up the sound. Afterlight is the sound of hope, and sound of its absence. At just four songs, this release feels anything but small.
Dear Adamus captures something intangible, the expressions of reaching out and connecting with someone that you’ve cared for. Inner thoughts and expressions that were never perfect in the moment, but in the mind, almost interchangeable with dreams. This is what makes Afterlight universal. The essence of the mind, all of the complexity of human life and emotional exchanges. This is a release for anyone who feels deeply, loves passionately, and spends late nights staring into the stars. I highly recommend listening to and supporting Dear Adamus.
Listen here: https://dearadamus.bandcamp.com/album/afterlight
An EP Review.
Sleeping In is an alt rock/shoegaze band from Burlington, Vermont. This music is as engaging as it is beautifully written. Sleeping In has a real talent for songwriting. The composition on this EP is exquisite. The production is so well done on this EP, it’s very impressive. Heavy without being too loud, complicated without being confusing, subdued and subtle, Sleeping In is a band that’s difficult to define. There’s such an excellent blend between intensity and leaving space for the songs to breathe. The guitar hooks and leads on this EP are great and definite ear worms.
I love the name of this band. Their music, to me really captures the feeling of sleeping in late. That special kind of consciousness that exists between being awake and asleep. Reality seems more malleable, and the sharp harsh lines of the world tend to blur. When I’m sleeping in, I feel relaxed and comfortable. I feel safe from the bullshit of modern life, and that feeling sometimes gives me the energy I need to push through some long days. Sleeping In gives me that same feeling, even in the late afternoon. There’s a power in their sound, and I’m absolutely going to be listening to this EP for a long time.
Listen to the EP here: https://sssleepingin.bandcamp.com/album/ep
A song review. It’s hard to try to comprehend all of the intricacies of such a talented band by a single, but there’s a lot that can be said in just over three minutes. The first thing that I noticed was that eveything sounded fantastic. Whoever mixed or mastered (or both) this single did a fantastic job. This recording sounds very professional, and in doing so Punch The Unicorn has a heavier rocking sound than anything I’ve heard on mainstream radio in years. The song is very complex and transition heavy, there’s a lot going on and a lot to follow. There’s so much to be said about a good rock song and the layers underneath. From a more simple structure, melodies on top of other melodies create very satisfying walls of sound. It’s interesting enough for any musician to appreciate the complexity, while at the same time having such good hooks and lyrical content to keep every listeners attention. Punch The Unicorn takes all of the best things from punk, grunge, fuzz, and rock to make a compelling, high energy sound. I am very excited to see what happens next!
Listen to White Noise here: https://soundcloud.com/punch-the-unicorn/
For more information, their website is http://www.punchtheunicorn.com