I’m particularly excited about these two bands because they are both playing the NYRM two year anniversary show at Shea Stadium on the 15th. More on that tomorrow, but for now, I want to introduce you to these bands, both of whom have found their way into my inbox over the last couple of months. They’ve got a lot in common: a bro rock feel, a decidedly raw edge to them, and what I hear as a lot of potential. They’re also straight-up rock bands, which you know is a quality I’ve been missing the past couple of months.
Left & Right are from Charlottesville, VA, and their song “Teenage Wasteland” immediately caught my attention. It’s a little bit like older Abe Vigoda crossed with Eternal Summers. Simple melodies and choruses, with big guitar parts and some sweet guitar solos. It’s a sick song. I have no idea what they’ll be like live, but I’m excited to find out. I looked them up on Hype Machine to see if anyone else had blogged about them, and this was the only post that came up. I don’t know if they’re actually bus drivers from the University Transit Service, but that would definitely make me more excited to have them come play the birthday show.
Ravenous are from Brooklyn, though only recently so, I believe. This band sounds like your older brother’s high school band. I don’t mean to come off negative here- just hold on a few more sentences- but the singer’s voice pushes the tolerably-whiny envelope, all the parts are a little sloppy, and some of the guitar parts rely really, really heavily on cheesy effects pedals. I don’t think these guys are your typical Bushwick arty-hipsters-in-residence. But seriously- these aren’t bad things. Remember how awesome you thought your older brother’s band was when your were a freshman and he was a senior? Remember how triumphantly fun and un-self-conscious those songs were? Well, Ravenous is sort of like that, but all supported by very good songwriting that’s way more experienced than an 18 year old’s. Take a listen to “Saltwater Taffy (The Dock).” That is an excellent song. It’s got the perfect kind of build that makes me want to burn it onto a cd a bunch of times in a row and drive around for an hour aimlessly. I think this band is still searching for their own sound, but they’ve got a lot of great influences in there (I hear a lot of Pavement and a lot of Weezer), and I can’t wait to see how they progress.