When people hear Nashville's nickname of "Music City U.S.A., they assume that means country music. And while it's true that Nashville has plenty of country artists to choose from, it has also become a hotbed of independent artists in multiple genres. Two of Music City's hottest young stars, Sol Cat and The Lonely Biscuits, are releasing EP in October.
Sol Cat is a 6 piece psychedelic groove act that has been a popular draw in and around Nashville and is now extending that influence nationwide with a series of festival dates this Summer and Fall, including an upcoming appearance at New York's CMJ Music Festival as an official artist. The band's new EP, "Welcome to Cowabunga", was released on Oct. 1 and continues to build on the band's almost dreamlike guitar riffs and vocals. While living in Nashville full time, the 6 members of Sol Cat have spent time living in all corners of the U.S. and their musical style is a melting pot of those regional influences.
The second Nashville act releasing an EP this month is The Lonely Biscuits. The reigning MTVu "College Artist of the Year", this 4 piece band is like nothing you've ever heard before. Mixing hip-hop, old school funk, and indie rock into a tight mixture of danceworthy tracks, The Lonely Biscuits have been tearing up the road to capitalize on their MTVu award, including a high profile spot performing at the MTVu Woodie Awards at this year's SXSW Festival. The Lonely Biscuits' 4th EP, "Things Sure Have Changed" sums up the band's trajectory over the past year. It will be released on Oct. 29 and has already gotten a positive write-up in the Hollywood Reporter.
Nashville locals, if you haven't caught either of these bands at any of their shows around town, do so now before their increasing national exposure pulls them away from town for increasingly long periods of time.