I don't really have much to write about today, so I thought I'd share some bands I've started listening to over the past few months. Some are old, some are more recent.
How To Destroy Angels
When Trent Reznor announced that he would be retiring Nine Inch Nails as a touring entity, a lot of fans were wondering what his next move would be. It turned out to be a collaborative project with his wife (Atticus Ross is involved but I'm not sure of his status as a member of the group). The new group is somewhat reminiscent of NIN but very unique, and I highly recommend it. Their EP is available for free download on the site.
The Mighty Regis
I wrote about these guys a few weeks ago when I reviewed their album 21. They play a blend of punk rock and Irish folk. They do a pretty good job bringing a unique sound to a by now over saturated genre.
Another Celtcore (they call themselves "speed folk") band. A friend got me listening to them when I was telling him about The Mighty Regis and he thought I might like them. They've got a live DVD out now called Folk's Not Dead that I want to check out.
Female-fronted pop rock. I started listening to them thanks to their inclusion on the Scott Pilgrim vs The World soundtrack, as well as their singer's role in the film itself. So far I only have their album Fantasies, but it's pretty good.
"The band not the man," as they describe themselves. I want to do a post at some point soon about my favorite free albums (as in, the band released it online for free, not pirated) and Dan Padilla's As The Ox Plows will most likely be on that list. I first heard about them from ThePunkSite, who listed the album in their free music blog. Pretty good punk rock, sort of a Gaslight Anthem meets Rancid sound.
A friend of mine gave me a link to a site that was hosting a stream of "Bloodbuzz Ohio" from their new album High Violet and I got hooked. Melodic indie rock, and the singer has an enchanting (for lack of a better word) baritone voice.
Terrible Things is the new project from Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, Breaking Pangea, et al). This time he's joined by former members of Coheed & Cambria (Josh Eppard) and Hot Rod Circuit (Andy Jackson).
I haven't listened to them enough to have anything to say about them yet, but I recently downloaded (more free music from bands, yay!) albums from Black Sails Western Shores, Arliss Nancy, Sour Boy Bitter Girl, Beat Noir and Johnny Rev from Death To False Hope Records.