Dayton, Ohio rockers Motel Beds are aptly named. Their brand of stripped-down indie rock is the exact kind of thing one can imagine blasting out the windows on a long road trip, crashing at the end of the day in a motel bed after filling one’s ears to the brim with catchy guitar riffs. There are certainly plenty of memorable guitar hooks on These are the Days Gone By, the band’s latest outing for the Misra label.
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Silent Lions frontman Dean Tartaglia is one of the Midwest’s most prolific and seasoned young musicians. Turning 24 this week, the Ohio native is dropping a surprise EP, accompanied by a minimalistic, slideshow-style video for the song “I Feel Something”.
The lone mainstream splash of Katrina and the Waves remains “Walking on Sunshine”, but frontwoman Katrina Leskanich hasn’t let that lightning in a bottle success become a yoke to her career as a musician. As attested by Blisland, her latest album, Katrina is a songwriter with a storehouse of energy for what she does. Blisland‘s classic rock flourishes, particularly in its ripping guitar solos, create a vivacious environment. Numbers like “Dizzy” bring to mind Mary Chapin Carpenter at her most effervescent.
Having now just dropped its debut, the Portland, Oregon-based Hawks Do Not Share have now readied their latest music video for the public eye. The song, “Break Even”, features a submerged, echoey vocal that fans of Chelsea Wolfe will find appeal in. Hawks Do Not Share, however, opt for a murky synth background to the vocals rather than that goth chanteuse‘s dark, guitar-driven rock.
Springfield, Missouri musician Casey Jack makes the kind of guitar-driven music that aspiring teenagers the world over hope to put to tape. His music is best described as guitar pop with a sharp dash of fuzzed-out punk energy. Casey Jack, his debut LP, features the sort of instrumental lineup quite common to many of the early ‘00’s rock revival outfits: guitar, bass, drums, and some grungy vocals. But rather than go straight for the jugular, Jack employs a keen ear for pop in constructing these tunes, reining in what otherwise might have been full-on rock assaults to their simplest, catchiest cores.
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