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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Official Facebook, Official Website

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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Official Facebook, Official Tumblr

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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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

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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Official Facebook, Official Website

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:


  • Lust

    Thanks Riley, these bands are pretty good. I don’t know if you like or have the time to do so but could you do something like this with stoner rock bands in the future? I found some good bands last year through youtube playlists like uncle acid & the deadbeats and orchid (song: capricorn), i’m always on the lookout for bands like these and hope to find more.

    • Riley Rowe

      I’ll try to plan something like that in the future. I constantly get emails and requests from bands that are just trying to get some publicity, so my overall goal with this is to spread good, new music while giving these smaller bands a push at the same time.

      Currently, I already have the bands selected for Volumes 33 & 34. I’m also planning to have Volume 35 to be an all-female group version, which I think could be kind of neat due to the rise of such bands in the past few years.

      • Lust

        Sounds like it will be another great post man! Maybe your collegues can help you out as well so more quality news will spread on the site and you won’t have to work your butt off as much 😉

  • https://soundcloud.com/patrickkata patrickk

    All of these are quite decent, thanks!

  • Jared

    Good shit Riley, dig all these bands keep at it

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