Check Out Up-and-Coming Shoegaze Savants, Muted Color

There is a massive list of smaller bands that are still in their local phase that are doing everything right but haven’t been elevated to stardom. High on that list for me is Muted Color, a Chicago-based Shoegaze/Dream-Pop band that has a powerful, refined sound. Being based in the same area, I have had the pleasure of discovering the band in their early-goings, as they only have an EP to their name so far.

2019’sĀ PastelĀ saw the band display strong knowledge of the genre, concocting a perfect mix of eclectic tracks like “Glued to the Floor” with sentimental, slow songs like “Sunshine (Moonlight)”. The replayability for this EP is massive, as each song is as catchy as the last, making for a rare release where one can easily play it front-to-back with no temptation to skip. The band exhibits true artistry as they also provide listeners with gorgeous album art and incredible aesthetics in their videos.

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Silverstein’s new single “Bad Habits” is a total mid-2000’s throwback, also features Intervals guitarist Aaron Marshall

Few bands of the early-2000’s post-hardcore scene can claim they’ve had the kind of longevity Silverstein currently possess. Multiple high-charting albums, a willingness to experiment while still maintaining a distinct sound, and a solid approach to songwriting have served the band well over the years. It’s with all that info being taken into account that the band’s new single, “Bad Habits”, isn’t necessarily breaking a ton of new musical ground. It probably could have been pulled from any of their first 3-4 records, in all honesty.

However, the song does feature a ripping guitar solo from someone you might not expect – Aaron Marshall of Intervals. That alone makes the song immediately compelling to listen to, so give it a spin below.

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