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Ringo Deathstarr & Smashing Pumpkins Guitarist Collaborate On New Track “Guilt”

Ringo Deathstarr, the shoegaze champions of Austin, Texas, are planning the release of a new album, Pure Mood, later this month. Recently, the band shared a track entitled “Guilt” on their Soundcloud, featuring none other than Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder for a solo. The track can be heard below:

During tour dates in the winter of 2011, Ringo Deathstarr toured with the Smashing Pumpkins during the Otherside of the Kaleidoscope tour, featuring Mike Byrne on drums and Nicole Fiorentino on bass guitar. The band seemed to maintain a steady relationship with the Pumpkins and Schroeder has posted pictures of the band and some of their shows on Instagram.

Ringo Deathstarr played recently at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, which I had the pleasure to attend. Unfortunately, because of a schedule conflict I could not attend their Sunday performance (or the entire Sunday festival at all) but do expect an interview with the band within the next couple of days. Though I would have much rather done it in person, the interview will be done over email and available soon, hopefully around the release of Pure Mood. A review of Fun Fun Fun Fest is also due soon.

In Pumpkinland, nothing much is going on currently. Presumably, the next album is done and we are waiting for the first single to be released sometime next month. The album is due out for next year and is expected to a severely darker air to it.  During the writing of the album, Schroeder said “Billy and I are making a doom metal album.” So, two things to look forward to: Pure Mood and the next Pumpkins album. Let’s hope these two get a chance to tour again!

 

Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: Chicago Metal Edition!

Chicago is a city that has never been a stranger to metal, having produced many metal greats, including Cianide, Kommadant, Trouble, Macabre, Cardiac Arrest, Novembers Doom, Bongripper and Ministry. Metal shows tend to always be all over the city and there is even a metal themed burger place called Kuma’s Corner.

The city also has many local level metal bands, ones that have the potential to gain a dedicated following among metalheads. For this special installment of Modern Artists Showcase, I had the chance to interview a couple of them and compile together an index of several others. Read on and enjoy…

Mordatorium

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On band’s sound: We are death metal band, but we used to be all over the place. Over time we just got more old school sounding. We are largely influenced by Swedish bands like Entrails and Grave. The early tracks are more melodic and guitar driven.

On band’s name: It dates all the way back to my high school English class. The class room had a section of really comfortable desks and a section of comfy chairs and comfy desks. The teacher said the students who came in first could take the comfy chairs as long as they put them back. I would take them literally everyday. After a while, I felt bad for the other students, so for about a week I let other people have the comfy chairs. They wouldn’t put them back, so my teacher then said there was a moratorium on the chairs. I never heard that word before. I then fused it with the word mord which is German for murder.

On new releases: We just remastered some old tracks.  We are writing new songs, but that’s further in the distance, I guess. It will be a while before there is new stuff.

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On “Pizza Song“: We were just jamming in a room. I was recording on my phone and we were coming up with all these goofy things. It was a very magical spare of the moment thing. None of us remember how to play that song, so we can’t play it again. It’s a special one time only song about going to the bar to get pizza.

On Chicago’s metal scene: I think its been awesome lately. The metal shows here get good turn outs. We do still sometimes get bands that would kinda mess with each other. Bands from different groups of people who don’t really crossover. A lot of local bands end up playing with the same bands all the time, but other then that I think its great. A lot of good stuff going around.

On the return of old school death metal: I’d say it started around 2008 with all these bands keeping it going. A band I really think of is Entrails. They were around back in the 90’s but didn’t release anything, then came back in the last few years and are putting out successful albums. They are like a weird combination of a band that’s one of the originals and a throwback at the same time. We have got a lot of killer albums in this style recently. I think it’s great!

Nucleus

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On band’s sound: Definitely more of an older style of death metal. I don’t listen to any of the newer styles of death metal, nor would I know how to play it if you asked me to. I stick with the 80’s and 90’s stuff. I feel a lot of newer death metal is either too technical or too clean sounding. I’m a huge fan of Atheist, Demilich, and Timeghoul.

On band’s name: We were looking for something science sounding. A lot of the other names we came up with were already taken by metal bands. The name was a group decision among people who were in the band at the time. I am the only original member still in the band.

On band’s new releases: We are booked to record towards the end of August. It’s going to be a full length album with eight songs to be released by Unspeakable Axe Records, with the same style as what was on the EP.

On  NWA cover: That was a one time only thing. It is nothing something we would do again. It was the idea of former members of the band. Now we just stick to covers that fit the band’s style like our old Timeghoul cover.

On the return of old school death metal: I don’t know about come back as I feel people have always been playing it. The term old school death metal I don’t really like it. To me it just describes any band that sticks to the roots of death metal instead of being clean or super technical. I don’t like calling it an old style, just a different style. I don’t think it ever died out but I do notice it’s getting popular again.

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Reign: Technical thrash metal.

Savagery: Crossover thrash.

Scars Of Armageddon: Power metal influenced thrash.

Beyond De-th: Distinct mix of thrash, death and black metal.

Inner Decay: Mixes both older and modern forms of death metal to make an original sound.

Elbow Deep: Comedic metal band that mixes many subgenres.

They Die Screaming: Horror themed Death/Thrash.

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Narcotic: One of Chicago’s many old school death metal throwbacks.

Bear Mace: Bear death metal.

Everything Must Die: Death/grind.

Kataplexy: Brutal Death Metal.

Minimum Wage Assassins: Political grindcore.

Fin: Black metal with a minor “kvlt” following.

Smash Potater: High cholesterol crossover thrash.

Wil: Sludge metal featuring guitarist/vocalist,Dave Muntean of Nucleus.

Act of Destruction: Melodeath band of bassist,Nigel Bravo of Mordatorium .

Hate Storm Annihilation: Death metal with amazing drums.

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Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: June 2015

Welcome to this month’s Modern Artists Showcase for July of 2015. Last time, we posted the bands: Red Sky Mary, Deaf Rhino, Parlement, and Dinosaur Eyelids. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Alabasterds

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Lille, an urban city located in Northern France, is the last place to come to mind when I heard the raw crunch of distortion stickily cuddling up against angsty vocals. Yet, the trio that is Alabasterds has proven my Seattle-centric perspective wrong. In February, they released their second EP, Dumb Music for Hipsters, which is bound to have any post-grunge pussy group fall to their knees. Watch the video for “You Know What” below:

Madus

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With the sensual croons compared to the likes of Muse or Incubus, this Los Angeles-based rock band brings back the much-needed moody energy to modern alternative rock. Madus has already strapped on their ass-kicking boots while featuring material on shows such as NCIS: LA as well as performing at venues including The Whisky A Go Go, The Key Club and The Troubadour. Keith Armstrong (Green Day, Rise Against) recorded their recent EP, All the Way, brimming with summer stadium rockers. Check out “You Could Never Feel” below:

Pet Sun

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Up north in Ontario, a spark of psychedelic and garage rock has ignited the quartet of Pet Sun. Their Mudhoney/Tame Impala fuzz fusion creates for a fresh feel on today’s over produced melodies. Since formation, the group has released two EPs and played live alongside Bass Drum of Death, The Black Lips and more. You can catch the four-piece while they are currently touring across North America in promotion of their latest single off The Hand Recordings. Watch the music video for “Never Quit” below:

Mardi Belle

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Proven by the greats of Nirvana or the Beatles, great music is not always about the virtuosity, but rather the emotion and intent. Indianapolis’ Mardi Belle has undoubtfully found the thin median of compositions with both a meaningful melody and sentiment. Just recently, the band debuted their EP, Beautiful Tuesday, via Dead Industry Records. Check out “Killzone” below:

Oh Boy!

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As shown from most of the artists above, the aesthetics of “grunge” seems to be having a resurgence in the new, underground as of lately. Luckily, these acts are topping the genre off with a new stylistic twist such as a pop, noise, or indie focus. Included in this circle, is the hip spazzes behind the raw, energetic group, Oh Boy! They released two EPs last year, with a third on the way. The quintet will also be performing at the 2000 Trees festival in Cheltenham, UK along with Alkaline Trio, Benjamin Booker, and more. Watch the music video for “God, Look After The Quiet Kid!” below:

Undobar

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Musical roles shared by two french creative gentlemen, Undobar possesses a uniquely haunting mood with bluesy overtones similar to Clutch or Queens of the Stone Age. Released earlier this year, Dark & Rusty, is the duo’s most recent LP filled with tunes true to the album’s name. Check out tracks “Billion of Days” and “Where Art Thou?” below:


Level & Tyson

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While teasing elements of both gritty post-rock and pop-infused indie, Level & Tyson conjure a tasteful blend of unpredictably infectious grooves. Hailing from across the sea in Oslo, Norway, the sum of these five distinct individuals are an indication of the modern “alternative” music scene. Their upcoming album, Gruesome Twosome, will hit the shelves later this year. Watch the music video for “Tied Up” below:

Arenna

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Nothing quite hit the nail on the head as hard as the stoner-psychedelic movement and Arenna are a perfect example of such a notion. The Spanish group’s compositions smoothly evolve from a slow-paced sludge progression to a Black Sabbath soundscape. They released Given to Emptiness last month via Nasoni Records. Check out tracks “Drums for Sitting Bull” and “Butes” below:


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Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: May 2015

Welcome to the 37th version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Dry Can, New Oceans, Lightbulb, and Gazer. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Red Sky Mary

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New Hampshire-based four-piece, Red Sky Mary, is a reckoning force riding the wave of modern alternative mixed with 70’s rock in the same vein of Wolfmother and Crobot. Grammy-nominated producer/mixer Johnny K (Staind, Disturbed) pinpoints the lively energy and Led Zeppelin spunk for their upcoming nationwide debut, River Child, which will be released on May 12th via Carved Records. Watch the lyric video for “Howl” below:

Deaf Rhino

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Deaf Rhino’s sassy grooves and upbeat delivery create for a compelling contrast against current minimalistic, over-produced trends. The New Jersey band just recently released their debut full-length album, Dirt, Rust, Chaos, with borderline ballsy garage rock and infectious power pop traits. Check out the track “If I Could” below:

Parlement

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Hailing from southern Spain, Parlement smoothly executes a unique, yet noisy, coffeehouse styled rock sound with subtle hints at indie and blues influences. The group plan to release their upcoming album later this year, which will also include the single, “Blood.” Watch the video for “Legend” below:

Dinosaur Eyelids

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Some may say alternative music is defined by attitude and Dinosaur Eyelids’ snappy verses followed by crunching riffs is quite clearly one that exerts a tasteful amount of angst and energy. They recently released their fourth album, Bypass to Nowhere, a melting pot of 90’s grunge and modern rock that make up the diverse array of twelve hard-hitting tracks. Check out tracks “Byzantine Conduit” and “Vernal Equinox” below:


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Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: April 2015 (#2)

Welcome to the 36th version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Honeyblood, Slutever, Mirror Illusion, and Desgraciadas. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Dry Can

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One could assume that a jam rock approach to a Pearl Jam song format would be far from conventional aesthetics, but to my dismay, Dry Can pull it off with exceedingly impressive ease. This French four-piece group define originality with the release of last year’s LP, Meanwhile. Three tracks in, guitarist Anne Lupieri takes the mic to expose her sultry vocals. As a whole, the album is fourteen remarkable songs that explore the realms and far corners of alternative. Watch the video for “Path” below:

New Oceans

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Of all the Seattle sound knock-offs that have spawned in the rebel-against-pop 21st Century scene, New Oceans seem to hit the nail on the head. While most of the grunge wannabes are practicing their “Smells Like Teen Spirit” chord progressions, this trio has found a comfortable niche in the modern version of the abrasive Bleach era. The Chicago-based band’s debut EP, What’s The Use, captures this energy perfectly and sets the stage for more to come. Check out tracks “Two Beds” and “The Good Friend” below:


Lightbulb

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Lightbulb is an alternative rock group with eccentrically progressive tendencies. Frontman Ville Puurtinen, bassist Niko Salmela, and drummer Teemu Huuki formed together to construct, Bulb Fiction, a diverse full-length album laced with pop melodies that was released this year. Watch the video for “Broken Bones” below:

Gazer

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Cincinnati-based noise-punk rock band, Gazer, formed only but a couple years back, yet have already revealed a meaty chunk of gut-wrenching material. Their most recent release, Fake Bulbs, came out last year via Phratry Records. The tweaky experimentation of Tom Morello clashing with the aneurysm-inducing rawness similar to Swans or Big Black allow for a unique and memorable listen. Check out tracks “A Nurse For a Human” and “Defex” below:


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Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: April 2015

Welcome to the 35th version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase, in which all female bands are featured. Last time, we posted the bands: Made Violent, The Trillions, The Bright Light Social Hour, and Coarse. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Honeyblood

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With the happy-go-lucky vibes of alternative indie group Cage the Elephant and upbeat spunk of folk pop rockers Of Monsters and Men, this duo is sure to flow into the mainstream. Honeyblood released their self-titled debut LP, a medley of 90’s noise rock mixed with modern lo-fi, last year. The band is also finishing up a select set of tour dates with Belle & Sebastian. Watch the video for “Killer Bangs” below:

Slutever

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Consisting of multi-instrumental/vocalists Nicole Snyder and Rachel Gagliardi, this Los Angeles-based duo is a dose of the what-if-Courtney-Love-was-still-youthful-with-twice-the-talent universe. Their most recent release, Almost Famous, proves that the raw spirit and grungy aesthetics of Veruca Salt-esque bands are far from dead. Check out tracks “Smother” and “I Miss America” below:


Mirror Illusion

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Mirror Illusion is a grunge-inspired group located in the country of Georgia featuring frontwoman Sophie Mariamidze, bassist Anna Matiashvili, and drummer Mariam Makarashvili. Their dark sonic qualities are reminiscent to the likes of Alice in Chains with hints of Pearl Jam stylized guitar pieces. Watch the video for “Perfect Violet” below:

Desgraciadas

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Hailing all the way from Tallahassee, Desgraciadas is a four-piece of ass-kickers that aren’t afraid to stray from the conventions of punk rock. What their material may lack in production quality, it strives in subtle melodic hooks and angsty energy. They released their gutsy debut EP, Tu Madre, last year. Check out tracks “Groin Lock” and “B.M.O.C.” below:


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Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: March 2015

Welcome to the 34th version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Carthasy, Anakin, December in Red, and Death By Toaster. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Made Violent

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While already securing a release with Columbia Records, Made Violent is destined to make it large. Their style fits perfectly in today’s upbeat garage-rock, blues-tinged, pop-melody cravings. Their debut self-titled EP was released last month as the group tour across the US with Cold Fronts. Watch the video for “Two Tone Hair” below:

The Trillions

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Groovy rockers Charles Glenn, Christopher Smith, Robbie King, and Joe Ferguson make up the infectious, guitar-driven quartet that is The Trillions. Earlier this year, they released their latest album, Superposition, which is full of relentlessly catchy tunes. The group has also recently toured with J Roddy Walston and The Business as well as shared the stage with The Head and The Heart, Girl Talk, Best Coast, Motion City Soundtrack, and more. Check out single “1984” below:

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The Bright Light Social Hour

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The Bright Light Social Hour’s psychedelic approach to indie results in a dreamy, modern soundscape of 70’s rock n’ roll. Just recently, the band’s sophomore studio album, Space Is Still the Place, came out via Frenchkiss Records. The LP continues their smooth flowing jams with light hints of southern blues. Check out the visualizer for “Infinite Cities” below:

Coarse

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Coarse is a three-piece alt-rock band located in Bedfordshire, UK. They released a EP titled The D.I.Y. Project Vol. 1 last year containing four raw, grunge-laced heavy hitters. Check out tracks “Scarf Knitter,” “Cold,” and more below:

Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: February 2015 (#2)

Welcome to the 33rd version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Acid Baby Jesus, Concreatures, Happyness, and Silent Radio. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Carthasy

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Hailing from Australia, Carthasy is an alternative prog metal group that borders the melodies of conventional rock with experimental time signatures and soundscapes. The Gyre, their debut LP, boasts explosive dynamics and captivating riffs captured by producer Matthew Templeman (Statues) and mixer Aaron Harris (Isis). Watch the video for “Roche” below:

Anakin

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Formed in 2010, Anakin’s formula is simply genius. Take the synth-y atmospheres of space rock, mix them with pop-punk hooks, add a touch of 90’s alternative to get an overall alluring and unique set of tracks. The SoCal quartet released Celestial Frequency Shifter this month via No Sleep Records. Check out tracks “Satellite” and “Send/Recieve” below:


December in Red

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With influences of early Incubus and Deftones, December in Red appeals to fans of hard, alternative, and mainstream rock as well as those with guilty pleasures of nu-metal. The Seattle-based group will be releasing The Way Out on March 10th via CaviGold Records, which smoothly showcases both soft, atmospheric and moshing metalcore aspects. Watch the video for “Send Me a Postcard” below:

Death By Toaster

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Death by Toaster are a straight-forward punk rock band based on pure engaging harmonies and tunes. The trio have released That’s Life and One Is Two, which are a part of a four EP series. Check out tracks “Eat Your Money” and “That’s Life” below:


Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: February 2015

Welcome to the 32nd version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Cobalt Cranes, Soul Inclination, The Division Men, and Plantation. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Acid Baby Jesus

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Hailing all the way over from Greece, this rock quartet is bringing back the sweet sounds of 60’s psychedelic mashed up with an eerie, goth vibe. Acid Baby Jesus formed in 2009 and have continued to churn out eccentric and energetic batches of songs via Slovenly Recordings. Their most recent release, Selected Recordings, furthers the group’s experimentation both sonically and stylistically all while delivering a surrealistic audio trip. Watch the video for “Vegetable” below:

Happyness

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If Smashing Pumpkins Gish era caught a case of the post-punk/rock flu, the result would be the London-based trio, Happyness. It is undeniably difficult to not press play again after listening to these guys. They have mastered the ability to evoke emotions with either their raw, alternative jams or their melancholic, textural hymns. Check out the visualizer for “Montreal Rock Band Somewhere” below:

Concreatures

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Concreatures have the quintessential blend of fuzzy reverb, dynamic tension, and distorted bliss that would inevitably give a hard-on to any grungehead. Last month, the group released their debut LP, Pretending to Swim, a collection of eight addicting tracks that pride themselves on fusing the layers of space-y shoegaze with sassy, yet loud indie rock. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the likes of Steve Albini or Butch Vig working with this group in the future. Watch the video for “White Noise” below:

Silent Radio

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Two musicians in a studio for two days can end in a million different directions. In Tim Fullerton and Nick Schleitwiler’s case, this formula created an entire album and thus Silent Radio was born. Simply titled Weekend Sessions, this LP strives with the straight-forward rock drive of the Foo Fighters and the groovy vocals resembling The Gutter Twins. Check out tracks “Pointed Elsewhere” and “Big Dog” below:


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Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: January 2015 (#3)

Welcome to the 31st version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Sandrider, Mad Seed, Stun, and Winter of None. Click here to check out the previous feature. If you are interested in being in future installemnts of the feature, please email altnationbands@gmail.com to be considered. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Cobalt Cranes

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Based in Los Angeles, Cobalt Cranes aptly label themselves as psych grunge, which accurately describes their catalog of a 60’s spacey vibe mixed with a polished punk rock-driven soundscape. They recently released Days In The Sun via Lolipop records featuring eight tracks of indie-pop and shoegaze with a garage rock edge. You can catch Cobalt Cranes live during their 40+ date tour including performances at this year’s SXSW. Watch the video for “Flowers on your Grave” below:

Soul Inclination

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Do you miss the vocal harmonies, strong guitar leads, complimentary rhythm section, and overall memorable songwriting that was so present in the early 90’s? While some modern bands seem to replicate these sounds, few succeed in both coming off as original and conventional. Emerging from New Delhi, Soul Inclination takes the gold for their recent musical output, which achieves prowess, accessibility, and nostalgia. Check out recently released single “I Am Alone” below:

The Division Men

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The Division Men is a husband/wife acoustic duo originally from Germany but more recently located in Austin, TX. Vocalist/guitarist J. Spencer Portillo and vocalist/bassist Caroline Rippy Portillo’s musical output resemble the melancholic dynamics of Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell. Their most recent album, Under the Gun, was released last year. Watch the video for “Criminal” below:

Plantation

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Sludgy rock never sounded so good and fresh. Plantation is a four-piece band from Philadelphia that has delivered a modern take on the likes of Black Sabbath and Kyuss. Last year, the group released their debut EP, Out of the Dark, delivering six down-tuned grooves with genius hooks. Check out tracks “Painted Desert” and “Slow Down” below:


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Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: January 2015 (#2)

Welcome to the 30th version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Artemixia Cor, Sisters Of…, Ink, and Milk White Throat. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Sandrider
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Sandrider is a sludgy rock trio consisting of frontman Jon Weisnewski, bassist Jesse Roberts, and drummer Nat Damm. The Seattle-based group released Godhead in 2013 via Good to Die Records, which boasts a heavy, stomping Red Fang vibe. You can expect more beer-can-exploding, mosh-inducing, ass-kickery on their split 12″ LP with Kinski set for next month including a cover of Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song.” Watch the video for “Gorgon” below:

Mad Seed
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Keeping grunge alive in Argentina, Mad Seed is a rock quartet blasting fuzzy guitars and smooth vocal hooks. The band released their debut self-titled album last year, which you can hear in its entirety by clicking here. While key elements of the Seattle sound is still prominent in Mad Seed’s material, these guys keep the down-tuned strings and angst-driven verses fresh. Check out tracks “Hypocrite’s Day” and “Mrs. Bitch” below:


Stun

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Slick, smooth, and well… stunning is the alliteration I would use to define this dynamic alternative group. Stun, located in Germany, tease noise rock tendencies with a hypnotizing Afghan Whigs-like vocal delivery. The band’s most recent release, Ok Hunter, came out in 2012. Watch the video for “Paris Vegas” below:

Winter of None
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Official Facebook, Official Reverbnation

Winter of None has a sleek hard rock tone similar to the likes of Alter Bridge or Velvet Revolver. Vocalist Geoff Piper paves the way for soaring choruses as guitarist Vitor Pereira shreds all the back to 1989. Their self-titled EP was released last year. Check out tracks “Faded Sun” and “Hard to Find” and more below:

Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: January 2015

Happy New Years and welcome to the twenty-ninth version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: The Driftwood Sign, Lever, Honeymilk, and No Good Deed. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

ArtemiXiA Cor
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Official Facebook, Official Twitter

Hailing all the way from Sicily, this trio consists of vocalist Antony Mannon along with brothers guitarist Giuseppe and drummer Valerio Di Giorgi. While only forming 2 years ago, ArtemiXia Cor has already established a solid musical identity for themselves by mixing the psychedelic soulful vibes of the 70’s mixed with the hard rock edge of the 90’s. In 2013, the group released their debut album, As God Intended, via Areasonica Records. Watch the video for “Riding This Wave” below:

Sisters Of…
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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

Sisters Of… is an instrumental project of immense proportions. With multi-instrumentalist Aaron Coker at the helm and a rotating cast of other skilled musicians, the output of this soundscape-creating giant has simply just begun. After the release of the experimental metal EP, Follow Me As A Ghost, Sisters Of… were signed to Crowquill Records for the release of their first full-length album, The Serpent, The Angel, and The Adversary, which is to be released this Spring. Check out recently released single “Annabelle” below:

Ink
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Official Facebook, Official Reverbnation

Dating all the way back to 1999, Ink is an alternative rock group located in Greece that is still going strong and steady in hopes of gaining mainstream success. The quartet has shared the stage with the likes of The Twilight Singers, God is an Astronaut, as well as landing a spot on Spirit of Burgas Festival with Faith No More, The Crystal Method, Clawfinger, and more. In 2009, they released their debut album, Diary, which held heavy, grunge-inspired tracks: “Welcome,” “Heart Pills,” and “Strange Lullaby.” More recently Ink has revealed a more progressive side with the release of singles “Ophelia” and “Sirens.” Watch the video for “Welcome” below:

Milk White Throat
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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

Milk White Throat is a prog-metal group located in Brighton, UK. Last year, they released their debut LP, Death of Beauty, a mixture of harsh, in-your-face Pantera screams and heavy, harmonic Mastodon riffage. Overall, the album journeys into post-metal territory by bridging the gap between thrash, sludge, alternative, and jazz. Check out tracks “Of Your Own Volition” and “I’m Not Lost Here” below:


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Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: December 2014 (#2)

Welcome to the twenty-eighth version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Birth of Joy, Gloryhound, Dead Man Orchestra, and Memory In Plant. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

The Driftwood Sign
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Hailing all the way from Sweden, The Driftwood Sign is a promising up-and-coming hard rock group. Their current material’s heavy riffs and catchy choruses holds potential to captivate rock arenas. The Driftwood Sign has opened for Mark Tremonti on his solo tour and will be releasing a 5-song EP next year. Watch the video for “Disorder” below:

Lever
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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

Just like our favorite 90’s rock groups, Lever possesses a knack for distortion-fuzzy tracks with a bad attitude. The Illinois-based band has released their debut LP, Brainwashed, this year. Each song harkens back sounds of Nirvana, Sex Pistols, and other bands that would fit perfectly in a grimy, small club venue. Check out tracks “Best for Last” and “Cure” below:


Honeymilk
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Honeymilk is a rock trio with a focus on feel-good melodies and memorable jangle-pop hooks. Originating from Stockholm, this group has toured all the way to the UK in promotion of their second single, “A Scene in Between,” off their recently released EP, Sanguine Skies.” The track resembles a cleaner, more modern version of early psychedelic Screaming Trees. Watch the video for “Don’t Shine Your Light” below:

No Good Deed
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Official Facebook, Official Website

The members of post-punk quartet, No Good Deed, joined together after gaining years of experience in former bands: Squidboy, Movable Feast, Supervolt, The Miltons and Betty Buzzkill. Ever since 2012, the four-piece group has shared stages with touring acts such as Sponge, Filter, Live, Everclear, and many more. They also recently released their debut LP, Looking for a Mantra, which displays a collection of engaging alternative tunes that sound like Weezer clashing with grunge. Check out tracks “Feeling Better” and “Eulogy” below:


Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: December 2014

Welcome to the twenty-seventh version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Blossoms, Nowadays, Space Needle, and stop.drop.rewind. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Birth of Joy
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Birth of Joy is a smooth time-travel machine back to the psychedelic 60’s. Their organ-driven tunes create instant thoughts of The Doors with an extra kick of garage rock energy. Earlier this year, the Amsterdam group released their fourth LP, The Prisoner, which is the perfect mix of rock n’ roll nostalgia and dynamic choruses. Watch the video for “Mad Men” below:

Gloryhound
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Gloryhound is proving to be the next big rock sensation with their growing collection of satisfying singles and tours. Their recently released LP, Loaded Gun, was produced by GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Melvins, Mudvayne) and mixed by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Deftones, Alice Cooper). The group has previously opened for the likes of Thin Lizzy, The Cult, Three Days Grace, and are currently with Theory of a Deadman. Check out tracks “I Need Ya” and “One in a Million” below:


Dead Man Orchestra
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Official Facebook, Official Website

This rock trio, Dead Man Orchestra, are aptly labeling themselves as “death pop,” due to their hooks and dark, moody tones. They recently released their debut EP, The Final Twitch, packed with catchy grooves and melodious harmonies. The Austria-based group even recorded an acoustic rendition of Nine Inch Nails’ hit-single, “Closer,” which you can check out by clicking here. Watch the video for “Dragging You Down” below:

Memory in Plant
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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

Memory in Plant is one crazy mindfuck of a musical group.  Calling them experimental would be the understatement of the year. Their recently released LP, An Epic Triumph, is a cluster of rock, electronic, ambient, reggae, middle-eastern, and more. Check out tracks “Shame on Me” and “Aging Souls” below:


Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: November 2014

Welcome to the twenty-sixth version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we did a recap of some of our previously posted bands: The Burning of Rome, Those Mockingbirds, Motorfinger, High/Low, The Dealers, The Glazzies, Mongrel, Cursed Graves, and The Smiler. Click here to check out the recap. If you are interested in being in future installments of the feature, please email altnationbands@gmail.com to be considered. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Blossoms
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Five talented musicians mashed together in one sweaty studio and out comes a psychedelic rock group cranking out catchy tunes. Blossoms, originally from Manchester, UK, have currently been touring around England in support of their recent single release. Watch the video for “Blow” below:

Nowadays
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Nowadays is a grunge/rock band located in Israel. Known for their mastery of vocal melodies and sassy rhythm section, the group is gaining success through the release of their recent LP, Cut-Out. You’ll be sure to hear indie rock and 90’s alternative influences on this kick-ass album. Check out tracks “Saint” and “Backhand” below:


Space Needle
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Official Facebook, Official Soundcloud

Hailing all the way from Romania, Space Needle consists of frontman Alex Purje, guitarist Nicolae Arama, bassist Calina Maria, and drummer Ati de Chile. Originally a solo project by Purje, the group slowly evolved into a beautifully-crafted grunge quartet. The band will release their debut album on November 21st. Watch the video for “What Do You Mean” below:

stop.drop.rewind

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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

Lead by musicians Kris Lohn and DJ Crenson, stop.drop.rewind. is a pop-punk rock band layered with experimental jazz-y guitar riffs and vocal harmonies. The duo has just dropped a 3-song EP titled Smoke Signals. Although SDR does not possess the most conventional musical style, they are definitely pushing the boundaries of rock music. Check out tracks “Trivial Pursuits” and “The Quick Fix” below:


Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: Recap

Welcome to the 25th version of Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase, which began in September of 2013. Since then we have spread the word of over 90 modern alternative, up-and-coming, underground, undiscovered, and aspiring bands. It has come to our attention that after posting about these groups, they have continued to do some amazing things. You can check out new material, music videos, and any other milestones or exciting news below.

If you are interested in being in future installments of the feature, please contact Riley at altnationbands@gmail.com to be considered. Also, be sure to check out our last version, which featured Polanski, Pirate Radio, Yumi and the System, and Honeygun.

The Burning of Rome
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Previously featured in Volume 8

The Burning of Rome is an avant-garde rock band that is currently signed to Surfdog Records. Last time, we posted about their 2012 release of With Us. This year, they released their fourth LP, Year of the Ox, which featured guest appearances by Josh Freese, Dale Crover, Matt Chamberlain and production work by Paul Leary. Watch the video for “Better Than He” below:

Those Mockingbirds
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Previously featured in Volume 4

Those Mockingbirds is an alternative/grunge group that consists of Adam Bird, Tory Anne Daines, Kevin Walters, Rob Fitzgerald, & Kyle Walters . We previously shared the band’s music video for “How to Rob a Bank.” Earlier this year, they released their debut LP, Penny the Dreadful. You can check out the entire album below:

Motorfinger
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Previously featured in Volume 6

Motorfinger is a hard rock/post-grunge band located in Oslo, Norway. Last time, we posted about their 2013 release of the Coming in Clear EP and the rad music video for “Arms of the Sun.” This summer, the group unveiled a comic-book themed music video for the track “Double Rainbow,” which you can view below:

High/Low
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Previously featured in Volume 2

High/Low is a distortion-heavy rock band consisting of frontman Steve Weston and bassist Lee Yates. We previously shared tracks off the group’s 2012 Raygun EP. This year, they released their debut album titled Stuck in a Void. You can check out the single off the LP, “Crashland,” below:

The Dealers
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Previously featured in Volume 18

The Dealers is a garage rock group that formed in 2012. Last time, we posted about their music video for “NYC.” The band will be releasing a new EP, My Mind, on November 11th. You can watch the music video for the title track below:

The Glazzies
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Previously featured in Volume 8

The Glazzies are a grungy alternative rock band that have worked alongside Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Pixies). We previously shared the music video for “No More Lines” off their debut album, Time Bomb Love. The group is currently working on their follow-up LP, Kill Me Kindly. You can check out their recently released track “Spill” below:

Mongrel
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Previously featured in Volume 21

Mongrel is a female-fronted metal/punk group that has recently shared the stage with Over Kill, Battlecross, Jamey Jasta, and more during the Rock and Shock festival. Last time, we posted about their EP, Evolution, and the tracks “Snakes” and “Consumed.” The band has recently released a music video for “Over and Over,” which you can check out below:

Cursed Graves
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Previously featured in Volume 14

Cursed Graves are a sludgy, punk band located in southern California. We previously shared a few tracks off their debut self-titled album. The group released “Western Blood” earlier this summer. You can listen to all four songs off the release below:

The Smiler
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Previously featured in Volume 18

The Smiler is a grunge group that formed in 2008. Last time, we posted about their debut EP, Black and Grey . The band has recently released a music video for “Far Too Long” which you can check out below:

Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: October 2014 (#2)

Welcome to the twenty-fourth version of AlternativeNation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Pineal, Arctic Sleep, Caligula’s Horse, and A Light Within. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Polanski
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Official Facebook, Official Soundcloud

Rocking all the way from Helsinki, Finland, this grunge quartet consists of frontman Anttoni Pikkarainen, guitarist Kalle Loimula, bassist Miika Kyyrö, and drummer Tyko Haapala. Unlike most bands, Polanski delivers the Seattle sound without sounding dated in the slightest. Their hooks and heavy rhythm section are deserving of much attention. The group has just released their debut LP, Between This and Hate, which is available on iTunes and Spotify. Watch the video for “Buried” below:

Pirate Radio
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Official Facebook, Official Reverbnation

Pirate Radio has just released their debut EP, Snake Charmer Discotheque, which delivers four consistently groovy tunes. The group is located in Bedford, UK and have found themselves a snug fit between 70’s rock and 90’s alternative. Check out tracks “Shoulder to Cry” and “The Quick Fix” below:


Yumi and the System
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Mix the edgy alternative vibe of bands such as The Kills or The Black Angels with a stride of pleasantly catchy melodies and you have yourself Yumi and the System. Debut album, Wonders of Origin, was released last month and was produced by ex-Cage the Elephant guitarist, Lincoln Parrish. Watch the video for “Day of the Tiger” below:

Honeygun
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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

Honeygun will be releasing their debut EP, Kinetic, next month, after working out the material since 2011. The release includes six powerful alt-rock tracks. The group are also planning an upcoming show with Puddle of Mudd, Noiseheads, and more. Check out the track “Send Me” below:

Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: October 2014

Welcome to the twenty-third version of AlternativeNation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Weatherbox, Slow Chase, The Picturebooks, and The Mymmelins. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Pineal
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Pineal has brought intelligence back to the metal community. Laced with crushing riffs and progressive dynamics, the group’s recently released debut EP, Smiling Cult, will drag you along for a dark, anger-fuelled journey. Overall, the material resembles the aesthetics of Tool, featuring Layne Staley vocals, all at an industrial metal pace. Watch the video for “Acerbic” below:

Arctic Sleep
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Most individuals perceive metal music to be evil, grimy, or based around the fundamentals of hate. Yet, Arctic Sleep have proven these misconceptions to be wrong. This duo has created an atmospheric beauty to surround their progressive-drone-doom masterpieces. They released their sixth full-length LP, Passage of Gaia, earlier this year. Check out tracks “Avenue of the Giants” and “The Staircase” below:


Caligula’s Horse
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Caligula’s Horse is an impressively alternative take on progressive metal. The group can transition from a heavy Meshuggah riff to an angst-driven A Perfect Circle verse to a melodic Porcupine Tree chorus, all without losing steam. The group released their sophomore album, The Tide, The Thief & River’s End, in 2013. Watch the video for “Dark Hair Down” below:

A Light Within
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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

With a focus on the darker side of prog and shoe gaze, A Light Within have recently released their debut EP, Preface. With each track racking in at about 7 minutes, the group is able to let the soundscape evolve and expand into something far more sinister. Check out tracks “Page #32 (Morning)” and “Page #18 (Grin)” below:


Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: September 2014 (#2)

Welcome to the twenty-second installment of AlternativeNation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Rescue Rangers, Mongrel, Bare Bones, and Mexican Ape-Lord. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Weatherbox
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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

This alt-indie-punk rock band dates all the way back to 2005, when frontman Brian Warren began releasing music galore with his friends out of San Diego, CA. Since the formation, Weatherbox has released five EPs and three LPs. The group has also gone through many lineup changes, tolling up to 22 past contributors, as Warren is the only consistent member. Watch the video for “Pagan Baby” below:

Slow Chase
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Slow Chase is a groovy can of whoop-ass with a side of psychedelia garage rock and gravy. The group recorded their debut EP, “The Blind Spot,” in 2012 with Jonathan Burnside (Nirvana, Faith No More, The Melvins, Fu Manchu). You can see the band live right now while they are on tour in Australia. Check out “Exorcism” below:

The Picturebooks
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Official Facebook, Official Website

What ever happened to the good ole’ days, when all you needed was a drummer and a frontman to make some badass garage rock tunes? Well it looks like they are back as The Picturebooks are ripping out some hot and heavy tunes. Move over The Black Keys, because this band makes you look like first graders. Watch the video for “Your Kisses Burn Like Fire” below:

The Mymmelins
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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

The Mymmelins are bringing back the sound and spirit of the grunge era with a healthy dose of distorted fuzz. The duo is from Helsinki, Finland and independently released their debut LP, “Mescal,” last year. Check out tracks “Squid & Tequila” and “Hey Joe” below:

Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: September 2014

Welcome to the twenty-first installment of AlternativeNation’s Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Holy White Hounds, AAN, Charm City Devils, and Emerson Star. 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. For now, here’s some bands that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Rescue Rangers
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Keeping the sludgy riffs alive, Rescue Rangers are an underground rock group located in Paris. In 2010, the band joined Nick Oliveri’s project, Mondo Generator, on tour. Rescue Rangers released their most recent album, “Manitoba,” in 2012, with tracks loaded with bass-y grooves, distorted melodies, and an overall smooth QOTSA-like vibe. Watch the video for “Creeper, the One Who Creeps” featuring Nick Olivieri below:

Mongrel
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Female-fronted punk-metal group, Mongrel, have been nonstop touring with some of the biggest hard rock names in the industry. The four-piece have shared the stage with Korn, Godsmack, Danzig, Prong, and other female-fronted metal acts like Lacuna Coil, The Pretty Reckless, In this Moment, Otep, and more. They have just released an EP titled “Evolution,” which was mastered by Howie Weinberg (Metallica, Nirvana, Soundgarden) and mixed by Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Slipknot, Godsmack). Check out tracks “Snakes” and “Consumed” below:


Bare Bones

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Official Facebook, Official Youtube

If you ever thought punk died, you weren’t looking hard enough. Bare Bones mixes the bombastic, high energy of Dillinger Escape Plan with the catchy chant choruses of any Warped Tour headliner. The group has just released their second EP, “Cut Throat Living,” and are currently on tour. Watch the video for “Road Worrier” below:

Mexican Ape Lord
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Mexican Ape-Lord has found the perfect blend of melodic vocals and heavy metal riffage. Channeling their inner-early-Metallica, the group builds 20-ton musical momentum without hesitation. The quartet released their debut LP, “The Late Heavy Bombardment,” earlier this year. Check out the track “Rat King” below: