With winter finally behind us, the trend is out with the old and in with the new. Whether you're spring cleaning, out for a bike ride or stuck in traffic as everyone heads out for the beginnings of spring break season, there's never been a better time to check in with the new music streaming from both inside and outside the perimeter.
The Caste Outs
The Caste Outs, a self-described psychedelic indie rock band out of Decatur just released their new EP, Wandering. With catchy melodies and a healthy dose of southern backwater charm, "Path of Most Resistance", the second track off the EP, shows off the combination of forces at work in Jonathan Conner's brainchild.
Devil in the Oasis
Devil in the Oasis is a brand new metal project out of Brunswick which rose form the ashes of longtime local darlings Drown the Skyline. "Values", their newest track, is characteristic of the South Georgia/ North Florida metal scene and proof that it's not dead, as many people assume, but quite alive and well. The song features impressive combinations of lyrical spitting and growling vitriol.
If you ask Atlanta's Eqo to describe their sound, they would say "if Muse had sex with Florence and the Machine in a room that was playing Queen, Madonna, and Marilyn Manson on a playlist, you would be confused and then you might be reminded of this amazing group before you." Eqo just released their debut EP, Ananta. The first single off the album, "Love", has been just like everything else front duo Daisy and Kity have touched- incredibly well received.
You can hear them live at Mammal Gallery on April 17.
Atlanta's Ground Rules just released their debut EP It's Pronounced Ground Rules. Tongue-in-cheek? Of course. There's a snarky fun lurking beneath the southern-fried cruise control Ground Rules sets your dial to. "Crash and Burn", the first track off the EP, sends you swaggering down the highway with a Black Crowes sensibility.
The Merry Go Rounds
The Merry Go Rounds are the new kids on the block, straight from Jared McGrath, the Georgia Tech powerhouse that brought you the much-beloved Champagne Room. With half an orchestra fleshing out this 11-piece self-proclaimed twee-pop-punk band, McGrath describes it as pop music through the eyes of their 7th grade selves; fun, innocent and thoughtful, and like everything he makes, 100% danceable. Their debut album, Recess, is out in April.
Michael C Smith
Decatur songwriter Michael C Smith is continuously churning out an unbelievable amount of heartfelt songs, with a wide breadth and depth of genre that keeps people guessing where to pigeonhole him (which is a great thing). His newest album, Prophet on the Barstool, is being funded through kickstarter. Smith prides himself on being "not corporate country radio compliant...and proud!" "Cold Hallelujah", the last track off the album, showcases this completely. This is not amped-up Bon Jovi with a fiddle playing over the stereo at CVS. This is true Americana with sincere lyrics and honest melodies.
As of this publish date, he has 50 hours left in the campaign and only needs less than $600 to meet his goal. You can donate to the cause here.
Snowbride is the new project of Drew Haddon from Warning Light. This atmospheric duo is at times ethereal and haunting, other times unnerving and oddly hypnotic. They just released a split cassette with Scab Queen and are slated to appear on WUOG's Live in the Lobby on April 3.
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Supreme World Emperors
Supreme World Emperors is singer-songwriter James Hunter's interesting amalgamation of sludgy guitars and perfect pop. "Wasting My Time", the first track off his newest self-titled album which came out in December, combines that heavy-handed pop sludge with sentimental lyrics and a sing-song college rock vibe.
We Few is another band with a hard-to-pin down sound. Their newest album, Alligator Pears and Dumb Double Dares, has elements of folk, punk and pop, with a Pavementesque irreverence. While one moment filled with pleading neurotic urgency, at another slow and rolling, the first track "Rotivator" conjures up the glorious rambling which helped make Saturday Looks Good to Me endearing.