Downer folk tunes that have been tempered in the steam cooker of Orlando Florida, Among Giants is equal parts bummed out and pissed off. These are songs that get guitar strings breaking like it's their job.
Location: Orlando, Florida
Bacchae, pronounced "bock-eye", are a Washington, D.C band with a sound that can be described as post-punk, post-riot grrrl, synth rock and heavy pop. Bacchae was formed in 2016 and includes guitarist Andrew Breiner, vocalist/keyboardist Katie McD, bassist/vocalist Rena Hagins and drummer Eileen O’Grady.
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You used to have a pair of shorts that we're weathered perfectly, with an anarchy patch of the right buttcheek and one belt loop missing, but then you lost them. Those shorts got pissed, grew some scruffy facial hair, and ran away to start a punk band called Burning Bridges. Now those shorts play their honest and down-to-earth brand of fun punk in sweaty basements, and everyone bobs their heads and plays air guitar. Your shorts are living their dreams, so don't miss them, even though they miss you.
Politically charged pop-punk band with a touch of emo and hardcore punk. (ex. Young Mountain)
Location: Keene, New Hampshire
As it turns out, stray cats from Flemmington, New Jersey have gained the ability to construct complex human exoskeletons and play instruments. Three of them started a folk/pop/punk band called Button Up! They play shows and like getting their little tummy-wummies rubbed.
Location: Flemmington, New Jersey
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 908 391 7832 (Mike Haller)
Tune into Chaotic Neutral and you'll have a hard time wiping the scowl off your face as you thrash around your bedroom with kitchen knives, carving relief sculptures of dead celebrities into your walls.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Appearing in various forms in the Philly DIY music scene since 2015, the post-punk trio Control Top is a tribute to persistence and evolving through doing. Amid periods of dormancy, stylistic forays and lineup changes, singer/bassist and founding member Ali Carter was determined to keep the project going after the release of the band's demo tape. In 2017, she was joined by drummer Alex Licktenhour (HIRS, Get Better Records) and guitarist Al Creedon (Bleeding Rainbow). Alex was searching for a new project to get involved in, while Al was rediscovering electric guitar after years of playing noise and electronic music. Now recording their debut full-length, the band has found a clear identity, blending diverse tastes to create music for a time beyond despair and naïveté.
That’s the thing with post-punk. There’s so much a band can do under its umbrella. The Slits and Devo, Pylon and Glenn Branca - these artists are all wildly different yet found a home in a genre that resists definition. Control Top gets inspiration from these wide-ranging pioneers yet remains true to the post-punk ethos of anti-imitation and the drive to create a new remedy to modern ills. The urge to resist conformity is stronger than ever, and the need for urgent, relevant music is just as strong.
Cottontail formed in 2011 amidst the simultaneous formation of Luke's other band, Ramshackle Glory. What started as a piano and guitar folk duo in Tucson, AZ had transformed into a primarily solo project based out of Durham, NC. Now more or less permanently settled in Luke's home city of Philadelphia, Cottontail is a full band melodic punk project consisting of friends and musicians in the Philly area.
Do you like punk music and do you also like sing-alongs too as well? Bang your head to some Criminal Culture and get so stoked that your head might actually fall off. Plus, I heard you get into their shows for free for life if you get “CRIM CULT” tattooed on your knuckles. WORTH IT.
Location: Tampa, Florida
Have you ever felt like you had that feeling where you felt like you wished someone felt the way you felt and felt like talking about that feeling? This one's for the kid in the back, who has that feeling, and feels the same way.
Location: Plattsburgh, New York
Het Ward is a trans and queer positive hardcore punk band from Pittsburgh, PA. Formed in December of 2015, we set out to address issues within our local DIY music community regarding cissexism, transmisogyny, and erasure of queer voices occurring at that time and now. Our sound is very to to the point: hard, pissed, angry and uncompromising to our enemies. The world grows hotter, hard femmes and queers grow harder. No fucking quarter.
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Photo by Em DeMarco