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Almost immediately after their formation in 2004, Circa Survive made a name for themselves in the indie/post-hardcore scene. Consisting of former (and current) members of Saosin, This Day Forward, and Taken, the Philadelphia formed group didn’t hide their musical influence in any sense. When Saosin vocalist Anthony Green left the band in 2004 for Circa Survive, the group quickly joined Equal Vision Records for the debut record. The band was quick to experiment with their guitar parts and themes, bringing in alternative and psych sections with dual guitar melodies, delays, and polyrhythmic percussion, all while still circling back to catchy choruses and post-hardcore bridges. The band found an immediate home in the festival world of the Warped Tour and Bamboozle while touring with bands like My Chemical Romance, Thrice, Coheed and Cambria, Rise Against, and Thursday. The band has six full-length records under their belt while still cranking out more tours and music. Anthony Green splits his time with multiple projects including rejoining fellow Ernie Ballers, Saosin.
Watch: Official music video for “Premonition of the Hex“
Sounds Like: Receiving Ends of Sirens, Thursday, Saosin
In The Valley Below
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The Los Angeles-based duo known for their dark electro-pop and rich ballad indie sound In The Valley Below impresses audiences with their catchy radio-friendly songs. Besides making incredible music the duo brew and sell their own beer, and after the Billboard success of their song “Peaches” the band built on their rise and the band followed up with their sophomore record and accompanying promotional film The Pink Chateau and their single “Elephant”.
Watch: “Elephant” official music video.
Sounds Like: Atlas Genius, Joywave, Sir Sly
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Running through a pedalboard that looks like mission control from a distance, this art forward, DIY riff infused locomotive is known as No Age. As the band has developed their sonic texture as a duo, at times their uptempo rhythms pay homage to old school hardcore and punk, but their atmospheric awareness lifts the sound to an experience. Formed by the disbanding of their previous project Wives, longtime friends Dean Spunt and Randy Randall, created their unique noise sample sound in LA at local DIY venues like The Smell. At times flirting with pop melodies, the band is a tight rope of tension, walking back and forth between these mediums like a puzzle for your ears. Between their fast punk tunes and soundscapes, No Age holds onto their roots of self-starting and not being afraid to claim their sonic color. At the beginning of their music career, the guys were nominated for a Grammy Award for best design for their record Nouns, their full-length debut with Sub Pop Records. In keeping up with their high art aesthetic, check out No Age’s latest release titled Goons Be Gone.
Watch: Official music video for “Turned to String“
Sounds Like: Japandroids, Deerhunter, Wavves
Gear: Ernie Ball Regular Slinky electric guitar strings.