I recently finished Chuck Klosterman’s Killing Yourself to Live, a book about an epic road trip to research the reasoning behind the fame that comes with rockstar death. This inspired me and left me with a great desire to do something on a grand scale. However, I’ve since realized that gas is $3.29 a gallon, and I don’t work for SPIN magazine. So the decision was made to be grand from my couch, hence an epic-blog theme.
I’ve decided that PopWreck will be featuring a 48 part mini-series, highlighting the best of local music in each of the landlocked states. I’m calling this “Finding Rock in the Lower 48.” And I want you guys to play along in the comment boxes. Add and highlight bands that we might have missed. Push discussion. It will only help these bands, and getting them exposure is what we’re here for.
So lets get started. We’re casting off in Alabama simply because alphabetically, it comes first. Logical right? So here goes:
The Bridges – Oxford
Brittany Painter’s Vocals remind me so much of Jenny Lewis’s solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat, that I find myself playing the two groups back to back virtually every time I give one a listen. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not a problem that I mind having because both Lewis and The Bridges are quite brilliant at lending just enough country twang to their perfectly constructed and catchy rock riffs. Then there are the lyrics, which could easy stand out on their own, without the support of such beautifully composed melodies.
Featuring a somewhat unexplainable blend of indie rock, alt-country, pop and folk, The Bridges manage to find a sound that is able to appeal to all types of listeners. And for good reason.
It’s my pleasure to introduce you to The Bridges, the ideal soundtrack of emotional storytelling.
The Bridges’ Myspace
The Bridges’ Tagworld
The Bridges’ Facebook
Cassino – Huntsville
There is nothing more indie than the way Cassino is making music. Without label representation or management of any kind, band members Nick Torres and Tyler Odom have successfully risen from the ashes of their former project, Northstar. Cassino’s only album, Sounds of Salvation, is a self-released, self produced testament to what music is all about – taking risks, finding new ways to express catharsis, and simply being creative. But I don’t really need to sell you because their music will.
The Rewinds – Birmingham
The Rewinds site their influences as The Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Big Star, Guided by Voices, and Superdrag. Fucking rad, right? But what kicks ass beyond that is the fact that those influences truly bleed through within The Rewinds’ music. Catchy guitar riffs and blended vocals contribute to the success of this band’s ability to pull off a sound that most people have forgotten existed. A sound that I honestly believe that the world could use more of.
And for that, I thank God for the Rewinds.
The Rewinds’ Website
The Rewinds’ Myspace
Dan Sartain – Birmingham
Before today I had never heard the word “ghettotech” used to describe music. Hell, I still don’t really know what it means because Dan Sartain is rockabilly, with slight punk influences slipped in from time to time. Think The Horrorpops without the Suicide Girl image. Now what that has to do with a ghetto is way beyond me, but let’s just go with it because the music is really quite good. And no title will ever change that.
Ghettotech it is.
Dan Sartain’s Website
Dan Sartain’s Myspace
Eliot Morris – Mobile
Eliot Morris does not need our help when it comes to exposure. He has already helped himself by catching the eye of Gary Gersh, the man responsible for discovering Nirvana, Counting Crows, Hole, and Mars Volta. That’s not a bad group of names to be in the company of. He’s already toured with John Mayer, Counting Crows, and James Taylor. He hardly needs PopWreck.
However, there is a chance that you might need him. His lyrics are touching and heartfelt, and seem very much like the conversations we cherish while laying in bed next to someone we love, as we fight to stay awake so that the moment doesn’t end. His ability to capture that in an album makes it work a listen or two, even if he doesn’t need us to.
Eliot Morris’s Website
Lindsey Hinkle – Crossroads
Lindsey Hinkle might be brilliant in that simple sort of way. Listening to her sing feels very similar to catching up with old friends in that neighborhood bar down the street from your childhood home over the Thanksgiving holiday. Her down-to-Earth sound makes her easy to listen to, and even easier to comprehend, thanks to her decisive attention to detail. To let Lindsay speak for herself: “I have a lot of high goals and aspirations. Every song I write has a piece of my heart in it. I hope my songs can help people go through the same things I have or change their lives the way some songs have changed mine. Music has healed a lot of wounds for me and it’s given my life a soundtrack. I want my songs to be on someone’s soundtrack and I want them to smile, cry, or laugh when they hear it. I want to make my little mark in music history and I want my music to change lives for generations to come.”
Next stop: Arizona, home of the Grand Canyon, a lot of sand, and a whole lot of color.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tagged: alabama, finding rock in the lower 48, music reviews | 4 Comments »