A DYING SUN (now known as The New Rhythm Method)|
over two and a half years of constant touring and playing shows, Under A Dying
Sun (ex-members of Living War Room, Nexus Six, Three Summers Gone) has created
a uniquely live and dynamic sound that connects listeners through honest moments
of sheer intensity and energy. If you haven't seen a live show, you've completely
missed the point.
Known for their live "indie rock
drum circle" performance, the Rum Diary toils away to create a "visual sound"
combining two drum-kits, double bass guitars, a delayed Farfisa organ, slideshows,
and film. “Their songs range from simple and impressionistic to churning and frantic--like
the soundtrack to a crazy dream you can't quite remember. It is not the type of
music you can dance to, but they can raise a mighty cacophony.”
Born in Louisville, KY sometime around 1997, Kilowatthours
adapted to a constant change in environment by becoming increasingly grandiose
and triumphant. With its line-up evolving nearly a half-dozen times, they've since
settled into their new position as one of New York City's loudest pop bands, boasting
as many as three guitars wailing over keyboards, bass and drums. As they've grown
in size, they've also become increasingly self-sufficient, booking their own tours
and producing their own recordings and just generally working harder than ever.
Whatever you think you know about this band, think again.
In 1997, Johnannes Armentrout, whose nickname is Hansi, began
making a name for himself in the open mic circuit of the Bay Area as a solo acoustic/folk
act called "Hansi." Hansi soon recruited friends Lucas White (also in the Librarians)
and Francis Choung (also in From Monuments To Masses) to complete and fill out
a full working band, which in 2003 adorned the name, Truxton. What has come of
the union is a powerful brand of indie rock that fuses folk influences with traditional
Rhythmic, intense, sweaty, relentless, darkly humorous, fierce,
loud, and kind of angular, Replicator straddles the fine line between technical
precision and reckless abandon, social commentary and smartass revelry. Replicator,
now entering their 4th years as a band, endeavor to bring something unique and
worthwhile to the overall culture of this independent music thing. Art instead
of artifice, integrity and purity over facile bandwagon jumping. Viciously powerful
drumming, forcefully machinelike bass, science fiction keyboards, caustically
angular guitar lines, urgent vocals, and recontextualized tape deck samples, all
combine to form the unstoppable killing machine that is Replicator. Like Robbie
the Robot fulfilling a noir revenge fantasy in a post modern nightmare. They play
uncompromising performance based noisy rock music and are from Oakland, CA.
The Spotlight Syndicate is a three-piece
band from Reno, Nevada consisting of Nick (Bass/Vocals), Carolyn (Keyboard) and
Jeff (Drums). The band was started in the Fall of 2002 about six months after
the breakup of This Computer Kills, Nick and Jeff's previous band. Deriving influences
from such bands as The Cure, Moss Icon, The Faint, The Smiths, Gang Of Four, Fugazi,
Cursive, The International Noise Conspiracy, and many others, The Spotlight Syndicate
create an interesting blend of rock music with a dancy edge.
DESA is an "almost" brand new five-piece band from Oakland,
CA. With only 30 live shows under their belt and the release of the four-song
CDEP/demo, "DESA Demonstrates Birth," the members of DESA celebrate a newfound
ambition and excitement after over seven years of playing together. DESA formed
from the East Bay's Link 80, a ska/punk band whose members began playing together
in early 1994. At the beginning of 2002, five out of six remaining members of
Link 80, reluctant to ever give up the band permanently and overdue for a break,
decide to embark on a side-project of sorts. The musical constraints of the established
band were abandoned and along with the relief accompanied by Link 80's hiatus,
DESA began work on new songs and a new beginning.
Inventing Edward consists of a unique and ecclectic
set of talents and instruments (features members of Under A Dying Sun, spoken
word artists, and sound effects). IE deliver a modern
take on big bass lines, spacy guitar reverb, spontaneity, and experimentation.
Inventing Edward take its influences with open eyes and arms, and draws from a
diverse range of musical styles and sounds, as well as visual and experiential
elements. Think Black Heart Procession, Portishead, Pink Floyd, and Nerousis all
crashing into a big rig.
Formed in the late 90's from the annals
of Santa Cruz's dying hardcore scene, 30 Years War emerged as a band with a new
take on the current state of music. A blend of technically driven rhythms combined
with the raw intensity of early hardcore, give way to 30 Years War's style of
politically and emotionally charged music. Focused on the world around us, they
set out to bring light to and confront traditional mindsets. For fans of Born
Against, Heroin, Filth, and Universal Order of Armageddon.
Politically-charged hardcore punk and post-hardcore
from Los Angeles, CA. Combining a sense of urgency, passion and activism with
a heartfelt love of music and a desire for honesty and integrity in their actions.
Musical influences include Early D.C. hardcore, Born Against, Pg. 99, Moss Icon,
Red Scare, Yaphet Kotto, and Fuel.
"Syracuse, New York Post-Punkers,
The Flashing Astonishers dabble in an assortment of styles, using warped, swirlies-style
textures," owning up to such various influences as Mogwai, Superchunk, Sonic
Youth, Teenage Fanclub, & My Bloody Valentine, eschewing more modern conventional
trends and indie-pop flavors. Could this be the missing link between indie rock,
post-punk, and shoegazer dream pop?
With their debut in 1994, Subincision quickly became a favorite
at 924 Gilman where they were known to be one of the smarter and catchier punk
combos around. Their live shows are dramatic, funny, disgusting and usually end
with fans clawing at the microphone to sing along --a true punk tradition in the
Hardcore takes a new step with San
Francisco's Box The Compass. Employing punk rock passion and energy, Box The Compass
write and create their songs with the intention of capturing the aggression and
intensity of hardcore, while offering the groove and melodic elements of other
forms of music. This is an amazing act to watch live.
This youthful hardcore trio
from Reno, Nevada, rocks the coins out of slot-machine
houses throughout the West Coast with their passionate combination of dueling
vocals, breathless screaming, complex basslines, and high-strung guitar melodies,
set to a driving punk rock beat. TCK is the collision of indie rock meets punk
rock. You'll find influences by Moss Icon, Drive Like Jehu, 400 years, The Convocation
of..., Gang Of Four, At The Drive-In, Anti-Flag, Refused, Kill Sadie, and early
The East Bay's diverse mix of various punk
styles can be heard in the Diabolical Exploits, a melodic punk trio, fronted by
Andy Ernst (Art of Ears), legendary punk producer/engineer whose involvement in
the East Bay punk scene have impacted bands like AFI, Rancid, Green Day, Swingin'
Utters, the Nerve Agents, Screeching Weasel, and countless others. DE is uniquely
East Bay in sound with an influence of So-Cal punk.
San Francisco's Three Summers Gone play
a blend of post-hardcore and old school skate rock. Influenced by current and
deceased emo acts Hot Water Music, Lifefime, Samiam, and Jawbreaker, as well as
older punk acts like the Descendents, Three Summers Gone strives to create a new
sound, while maintaining their roots in punk and emo.
Stylized New York rock 'n' roll that's at once old school
and cutting edge. Libertine's modern take on 1970s punk meets glam/brit-pop has
made them one of the top up-and-coming post-wave bands in the underground scene.
For fans of The Clash / Rancid / Social Distortion meets Psychadelic Furs / The