This monthly feature highlights recently released tracks by bands from the Northeast, focusing on local acts from New York, Boston and surrounding areas.
October's a month of changing, and with that changing comes nostalgia, mellowness and angst. Listen to some local acts who express those fall feelings — often soaked in reverb.
Calling yourself 'accessible unconscious existential folk rock glitter popsicle circus music' is a mouthful, and takes some guts. Hitting unusually high (and often unfamiliar) notes, And the Kids are a three-piece from Northampton, MA who can successfully tie a pop jam together with electric ukelele, synth and glockenspiel (accompanying more traditional vocals, guitars and drums). On "Wiser," their energy becomes quickly apparent as the song turns into an off-kilter dance-y track ala The Blow or Tilly & the Wall.
Dreamy vocals, shoegazy guitars and nostalgic lyrics sounds like something that's been done before. And, it has. But singer Samira Winter can daydream like a pro. "The View" puts cyclical, delay-heavy guitars alongside Winter's warm, inviting voice. We can only imagine that Winter (also the name of the her band) will be able to perfect her hazy tracks further after her recent move from Boston to LA.
On a slightly darker side of the shoegaze spectrum is Brooklyn trio Grooms. The three-piece pine with the best of '90s alt-rock on "I Think We're Alone Now," off their recently released sophomore album "Infinity Caller." The trio also rely on windy guitar lines and noisy segments, but hit angstier tones with ease.
Another way to tackle reverb-drenched sounds is to simply write an ode to an integral influence. On "Sonic Youth," The Planes' vocalist Stephen Perry waxes on a high school relationship based on listening to the eponymous band. The Brooklyn-based four-piece owes lots to one of New York City's definitive rock acts, but the track is nonetheless catchy.