I’ve recently received Submissions from a couple of upstart bands I think are worth a look. They are Death to Anders and The Hollyfelds.
Death to Anders has just released a new album Fictitious Business. Their sound has it’s basis in the L.A. Indie Rock scene but it is also heavily influenced early 90’s Sonic Youth. They have a certain atmosphere and distortion layered around their melodies. The sound strikes a nice balance between Indie Pop tunesmanship and atmosphere.
Stream their music
The Hollyfelds have released their album Saratoga. On their website the band self describes their sound as “a country sound…a neo-traditional country sound (tempered with a hefty dose of folk and Americana and just a touch of bluegrass, all anchored by solid pop hooks).” Well that just about sums it up. Except it fails to mention thet the best thing about the group is the beatific harmony vocals of their dual lead singers, Eryn Hoerig and Kate Grigsby. Further the album was produced by Ric Hordinski (Over the Rhine, Robbie Fulks and David Wilcox.)
Stream on their website
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About the author: Chip and his family live in Birmingham, AL. Roll Tide!