It’s impossible to keep track of all the bands over the years that have slipped through the cracks on the verge of breaking through to their deserved level of notoriety. One band that exemplifies the meaning of “overlooked” is Wolf & Bear, who have been chugging away for more than half a decade.
The act’s sole album, Everything is Going Grey, doesn’t have a MOMENT of bland within it. There is no standout track, as the band keeps the listener guessing with frenetic runs and curveballs left and right. Their 2019 release, EP, keeps the trend going with four more divine pieces of art. What makes Wolf & Bear’s music special is its unpredictability matched with its versatility, with its tendency to possess both fast-paced riffs and infectious clean-vocal choruses.
Houston-based progressive post-hardcore band Vox Vocis are no strangers to change. The group made a splash in their local scene in 2016 with their debut full-length In the Arms of the Sun, which drew from well-known prog acts like Coheed and Cambria and Closure in Moscow to create a dynamic, densely layered musical journey. Now, two years on from that album’s release, the band expands their reach and broadens their musical vision with the release of Star Meissa, one of the finest albums the genre has produced this year.
Royal Coda may be a new name on the music scene, but the brand new band has 3 members you should likely recognize right off the bat in Kurt Travis (ex-A Lot Like Birds),
Sergio Medina (Sianvar, Stolas), and Joseph Arrington (ex-ALLB). The band, which released their debut single a few weeks ago, is back with another new song in “Cut Me Under”. Royal Coda is also set to release their self-titled debut full-length album on April 27th via Blue Swan Records. You can stream the new song below, as well as pre-order the band’s new record right here.
The last few years have been busy for Icarus the Owl. The Portland progressive rock band signed to Blue Swan Records in 2015, and have continued to grow their fanbase while evolving their signature blend of progressive flashiness and soaring pop hooks. Fresh off of the release of their new album Rearm Circuits on December 1st, I talked to singer/guitarist Joey Rubenstein about the album, and what’s next for Icarus.