[Posted December 30, 2013]
Dan invites five of our rad SLUG staffers into the studio to find out what local bands they have been listening to this year in Salt Lake City’s music scene with a Local Music Roundtable on Episode 130 of SLUG Soundwaves.
– Light/Black are a four-piece alternative rock band that formed in April of 2012 and have had our Editor in Chief, Angela Brown swooning ever since. Ethereal vocals and heavy guitar mixed with slow, pounding drums create a humble, spiraling, doom-laden sound that dares to rival the tones of stoner-metal bands from the 90s.
– The Pentagraham Crackers are a group of seasoned Salt Lake music scene veterans and their years of combined experience would explain why they have been able to capture such a wonderful sound with their music. These gentlemen put forth sounds like they are from parallel universe where summer never ends and the beer never dries up and that is exactly the kind of place you could find our Digital Content Coordinator, Cody Kirkland.
– With so many bands and groups popping up, it’s hard to find music that actually comes from the soul. SLUG’s Managing Editor Esther Merono has fallen in love with The Circulars because they have captured a slowly disappearing romanticism in their music. Their songs bring up wells of emotion not only because it is beautiful, but because you can hear these artist’s passion for their music in every strum, lyric and pounding of the drum.
– Cornered By Zombies technical prowess over a guitar and a drum set make them a force to be reckoned with in Salt Lake City’s metal scene. Alexander Ortega, Editorial Assistant at SLUG HQ glorifies this duo because they produce some of the loudest, fastest and technically superb metal in the Valley and they do it without a vocalist or bassist.
– Blissfully surreal, Mideau is a pairing of talented musicians who have used their project as a means to produce some of the most incredible indie-pop that has come out of Utah County. Every nuance and word and its presentation is meticulously planned and because of that dedication their final product is a magic that our very own Office Coordinator, Gavin Sheehan can attest to.
– The Hollering Pines album Long Nights, Short Lives and Spilled Chances is full of lessons and musings on love and the hardships we all face day to day within ourselves and with those we know and love. Our Soundwaves host, Dan Nailen is privy to the raw, untethered emotion that The Hollering Pines possess with their breathtaking interpretation of the Americana genre.
Episode #126 – American Idiot, The Wasatch Fault, Plan-B: Radio Hour 8, The Hollering Pines, Winter Films with Jimmy Martin
[Posted December 2, 2013]
On Episode 126 of Soundwaves from the Underground!
-Green Day’s wildly popular American Idiot was released in 2004 to critical acclaim. 2010 saw American Idiot come to life on Broadway as a one-act musical. Dan Tracy, an actor on the play’s current run, speaks about the music and events that inspired this production.
-The Wasatch Fault are loud, chaotic, complex and beautiful. This special blend of alternative rock has a way of stealing your subconscious with swirling guitar melodies and catchy, danceable riffs. Be careful or these guys will have you daydreaming all day.
-The season of Christmas specials and extended commercial breaks is upon us. Turn off the reality TV and let Plan-B Theatre slice you off a piece of nostalgia with Radio Hour 8: Fairyana. Jay Perry and Jason Tatom give us details on this live radio show about a radio show where it’s miscreant writers become possessed by their characters during a holiday special.
-Steeped in Americana, The Hollering Pines will pluck at your heartstrings with their twangy guitar and trembling female vocals, making you dream about the past and what could have been. The band toiled for months until releasing their debut album in November: Long Nights, Short Lives and Spilled Chances.
-With the sun setting earlier and the nights getting colder, finding events and activities to fill your time with becomes harder, but Jimmy Martin reminds us that Hollywood has our cure for seasonal depression as he discusses this winter season’s upcoming film releases.