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/
The Fun Boys are an art punk band from Frederick, MD. There’s a strong, almost theatrical aura about this band. Full of melodious sarcastic madness and indignation, there’s something so undeniable about the wild nature of this band. The Fun Boys live up to their namesake on their first release. There’s an volatile insanity in this music that gives it a life of its own. The Fun Boys have tapped into a violent desperation that can only come from years of boredom existentialism and apathy. The entire EP feels like a Victorian madhouse screaming in the mirror. The Fun boys are out to have a good time, and their infectious rhythms and wild performances will stick in the mind of their audiences for years to come. Here’s to The Fun Boys, for being wild and undaunted in the face of pure lunacy.
Listen here: https://thefunboys.bandcamp.com/
Debrider is a dream pop band from Richmond, Virginia. Their second release, Widowed, is a powerful one–brutally honest, sincere, and brilliant in its mournful musings. The first track, Last Place, speaks to the difficult pain of relationships. Widowed conveys themes of emotional abuse, and stark reflections on the way people can destroy each other in love. It sings lament to beautiful dreams that could never be. The percussion is incredibly performed and structured, and the vocal harmonies are expertly crafted. The songs are lyrically driven, so reading along on band camp enhances the listening experience. Lia Pisa-Relli is an extremely talented songwriter who knows how to reach into the deepest parts of the human experience.
“Like A Man”, the final track on this EP is my personal favorite. It exemplifies everything that Debrider is: a stunning display of engaging composition and dark destruction. There are so many voices in this song; it’s an excellent way to close the short, memorable release. This fall, the air will be haunted by the echoes of Widowed, and I can’t wait to hear what Debrider does next!
“Who’s in better shape, Who still has a soul?” – Last Place
Listen here: https://debrider.bandcamp.com/
More AM than FM is a hard rock band from Washington, D.C. This is something many people had been waiting a very long time for. It’s lives up to and has met expectations and even exceeds them with their innovative songwriting and forceful vocal work. Oh The Places I Have Been…is my favorite thing I have listened to in years. Anjalee is one of the best drummers I have ever seen live, and she absolutely annihilates every song on this EP. Mel and Selena have the kind of chemistry that comes with years of playing together and forming a mutual understanding. Listening to More AM than FM and playing many shows with them over the years, I am a really huge fan. Some of my favorite live songs are on this EP, it’s been such an honor to share the stage with them.
Pockets, the first track on OTPIHB used to get stuck in my head all the time after shows. It’s a catchy and powerful, but god damn that vocal work is impressive. There’s so much content in every song, it’s a pleasure to listen More AM Than FM show how brilliant and innovative they have become after so much time playing and writing together. The breakdowns and solos throughout are really good, and that’s to be expected. Selena is an absolute monster on the guitar.
Listen to this EP, and if you like it, show your friends. I love More Am Than FM, and can’t wait for them to come back to
THE COMMUNE ON 14 OCTOBER
Turns out despite the FAKE NEWS of hiatus they will play a benefit for Girls Rock DC on 14 October! If you’re in the area, do not miss out!
Listen here: https://moreamthanfm.bandcamp.com/