Whether you’re one of those people who has to have the radio on at work, an audiophile who lives life with a constant soundtrack running through their head or just a casual listener, amidst the sea of MySpace and Facebook bands it can be incredibly difficult to keep up with new bands – nevermind rediscover worthy listens from years past. Thinking about how we learn about music new and old, we at The Sound realized that there’s nothing quite as helpful or interesting as a personal recommendation. So each Monday we’ll be posting a different playlist from one of our journalists as a suggestion – a “hey, check this out!” to our readers. Along with each playlist we’ll also provide you a little more information about one of the artists featured, because everyone loves a backstory.
This week’s SoundTracks comes to you by way of FoTS DJ Hume&Bacon. Enjoy!
Artist Spotlight: The Skies Revolt
If hardship is a breeding ground for innovation, then it should come as no surprise that some incredibly creative music is coming out of Grand Rapids, MI. Take for example the band The Skies Revolt. One part 80’s metal, one part power-punk, throw in a dash of anthemic pop and mix this strange brew by having a Japanese teenager hold the punch bowl while pounding away levels at your local arcade’s Dance Dance Revolution machine and you have something that comes close to T.S.R.’s sonically winsome sound. Think that’s the sort of cutesy overstatement that finds its way into just about every music review written on the Interwebs these days? Well, don’t take my word for it, as my good friend Levar would say! The Skies Revolt has made several of their albums available for FREE on their website, www.theskiesrevolt.com. If you like what you hear, you can always throw a few bucks their way to help cover gas on their upcoming East Coast tour.
And if FREE music isn’t enough to entice you to give T.S.R. a listen, consider this: how many of the bands you’ve recently listened to …
- Earned cash for gas and van repairs by taking donations from fans for the privilege of hurling salvos of tennis balls at them while on stage during their summer festival tour
- Snuck into hip-hop clubs and stole the stage in-between acts, and then wooing the would-be mob into a dance trance with their catchy tunes
- Have a roster of around 30 musicians, heralding from some of the brightest up and coming indie bands
And one more incentive: lead singer Dave Prindle is actually here in Annapolis this week and is spending a lot of time at 49 West, so you can give a listen and then actually go meet one of the creative geniuses behind the track!
For more info on The Skies Revolt, check out their band page and/or ‘friend’ them on Facebook!