We live in a time where there are so many ways for bands to pursue their passions in the music industry. Every band wants to find purpose and find their place in this mammoth world where over-saturation is rampant. Many musicians want to hold onto a sound that defines them as musicians, while developing older roots that defined their generation. This couldn’t be more true for Kentucky native band Chasing Hearts, who are no strangers to pursuing this dream. Though new and on the rise, this is a band that doesn’t need to search for their identity, as this debut song “Make Me Believe” confidently proves they have something interesting here.
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’s Pastel 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.
A three piece band from Texas, Balsam Grove is a band that wants to tell a story through adept lyricism and progressive post-hardcore sounds that emphasize technical finesse. With influences that trickle into their original instrumentals and vocal prowess such as Dance Gavin Dance, Saosin, and Underoath, it’s not hard to see such a sundry sound such as Balsam Grove gaining popularity much akin to the bands they are shaped by. The band formed in 2018 when Lee Hansen and Micheal Ermis met while studying sound recording at a community college in South Texas. The two were joined by drummer Bryan Renkes, guitarists Gavin Solis and Logan Wood, as well as producer Gigi Garcia who helped them record their debut EP.
Over the next several weeks, we’re going to be discussing a handful of bands across our home state of Florida that we think you should know about. They will be across the spectrum in terms of style and genre. First we’ll be talking to vocalist Elliot from the heavy noise-rock trio Vacancy from St Pete.