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.
The last couple years have seen a lot of change for Las Vegas’ sonically eclectic Amarionette. After undergoing a significant sound change, parting ways with their original vocalist, and recently seeing the departure of their longtime drummer, the band has continued to persevere with the release of their new “Evolution” EP, out on Friday, August 23. I spoke in-depth with guitarist Nick Raya about the band’s creative process, some of the new songs, and where they hope to go next.
Belle Noire, the talented progressive rock band from San Jose who impressed listeners in 2016 with their debut album What It Means To Be, are back with a name change, new label, and new single. The group is now known as BELLE, and they have just signed to Tragic Hero Records, while also releasing their new single “Reverence”. The song marks an evolution from their debut, with growing use of subtle textures and electronic flourishes to compliment Joey Lancaster’s soaring vocals and passionate lyricism. Stay tuned for more from BELLE, who just wrapped a run of shows supporting Emery and ’68!
After announcing the joining of their new vocalist Spencer Issy Berry, Las Vegas’ own Amarionette have released a new single called “Baddest”, off of their upcoming AMVRI EP, out June 22nd! The song showcases the band’s continued evolution into pop songwriting, while retaining their penchant for technical, groovy instrumentation. Spencer’s vocals soar on the high-energy track, and things come to a climax with an explosive guitar solo by Nick Raya that feels straight out of the ’80s. If this is the future of Amarionette, it is sure to be a bright one.