Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: January 2014

Welcome to the fifth installment of AlternativeNation’s newest feature, the New Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: The Wooly Mamas, Ume, Paradox, and Those Mockingbirds.  Click here to check out the previous feature. If you are interested in being in future installments of the feature, please email altnationbands@gmail.com to be considered, or just have a kick ass song or two out there that we’ll notice. For now, here’s some songs that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Today Riley Rowe handpicked the submissions for this edition:

RIBS

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Official Facebook, Official Website

Gaining much popularity through association, RIBS has recently opened up for Queens of the Stone age and The Joy Formidable. The trio consisting of Keith Freund, Blake Fusilier, and Chris Oquist released their debut EP, British Brains, in 2010 and later released their second EP, Russian Blood, in 2012. RIBS focus on textural sonic detail and creative, original riffs prove their potentiality to make it big.


Mothlight

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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

Mothlight began as frontman Matt Billings experimental solo project but slowly evolved into a full band. Billings released three EPs, which were recorded and produced by friends in college apartments and eventually created a live band with a constantly changing lineup. In 2013, the group began turning some of their demos into melodic pop masterpieces. With stunningly produced vocal harmonies and a indie, post-rock vibe, Mothlight’s “Blooming” and “Pretender” will have you hooked instantly.


Celeb Car Crush

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Official Facebook, Official Reverbnation

Celeb Car Crash possesses all the elements of a great rock band: heavy-hitting riffs, dark and mysterious lyrics, and of course, long-haired grungy men. But wait, there’s more! They’re all Italian. Celeb Car Crash won “Video of the Day” from Rolling Stone Italy last year for their cover of Bran Van 3000’s “Drinking in L.A.”

Idlehour

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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

Just releasing their debut LP, Idlehour delivers a modern twist to 90’s alternative rock and grunge. The group is made up of Jesse Naish’s female vocals, Drew Patterson showing off hooky riffs on his guitar, and Paul Clark and Rob Emms holding together a solid rhythm section. Their influences include Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, L7, and Veruca Salt.


Nostalghia

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Official Facebook

Nostalghia is currently in Mexico opening for 30 Seconds to Mars, their debut album, Chrysalis, will be out on April 1, the first track, “You + I,” is getting airplay on specialty programs at Alternative radio, including Los Angeles powerhouses 103.1 and KCRW. They’ve done dates with Gogol Bordello, The Orb and Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and have been building a buzz in L.A. Singer Ciscandra Nostalghia definitely has shades of Perry Farrell in her voice. Check out “Cool For Chaos” below.

Bio: Riley began as an avid reader of the site since 2008 and made the switch to a reporter around the time of the name change to AlternativeNation in 2013. He is a fan of the grunge genre and is always exploring the depths of metal, enjoying subgenres such as industrial, progressive, alternative, doom, post, stoner, nu, and avant-garde. Riley has been playing guitar for over 6 years, been in an Alice in Chains cover band, and is currently majoring in Recording Arts/Music Production. He began the site by posting the setlists for the site and transitioned to reporting news, writing reviews, doing interviews, and running both the metal section and Modern Artists Showcase. Riley also spends his time managing local bands: Mothlight, Diamondstein, Soda Pants, and With Age.   Fun Facts: Riley went to the same high school as Eddie Vedder. Riley’s first band was called Melting Pot of Human Emotion, which later changed to Dictator Willie. Riley enjoys puppies, kittens, and listening to angsty music on rainy days.   Reach out to Riley at rileyr328@gmail.com or riley@alternativenation.net