The midwest music scene is constantly expanding with many different bands spanning an infinite amount of genres and subgenres. With such a large scene it’s easy for some bands to fall through the cracks. To help you out, here are five bands we think you should have your eye on…
EMPTY MY LUNGS
Last August we saw the final show from veteran metalcore act We Are The Blog!. A mainstay in the Minneapolis metalcore scene since their debut back in 2010, it didn’t take long for word to get around about their new project. At that same show we saw the debut of Empty My Lungs. The band features ex-Blog members Andy Pritchard, Zac Roberts, Cody Blackwood, and Colin Toner. Their sound will be familiar to fans of We Are The Blog although a lot tighter and more refined. Pritchard and vocalist Bryant Beckermann also lead a very commanding presence as frontmen. You can check out their debut EP “Hourglass” here.
GOODBYE LUCY GREY
Goodbye Lucy Grey is a 5-piece indie rock band out of St. Cloud. Like any good indie rock band their sound is complex and intricate while still being easy on the ears. While only being around a little longer than a year their songwriting and musicianship rivals long established indie bands in the area. The contrast between vocalists Cathy Kongloth and Matt Udermann adds a very interesting dynamic to the overall sound. The music is solid, catchy, and very well produced. This band has a very promising future ahead of them. You can listen to their latest single “Healing Hands” here!
RAISE THE ANCHORS!
The #EZrevival is in full swing in Minneapolis and at the front lines is easycore 4-piece Raise The Anchors!. Sound-wise they’re a tasteful mix of A Day to Remember and Falling in Reverse inspired metalcore riffs with poppunk elements similar to that of All Time Low and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!. They’re debut EP “Swashbuckle Your Seatbelt” dropped last September. It is independently produced and it packs an unapologetic easycore punch. You can tell a lot of energy and a lot of heart went into each track. Listen to “Swashbuckle Your Seatbelt” here.
Despite the limitations of being a 3-piece, Sibir owns it and destroys all expectations. Sibir is a post-rock project made up of Atrocities members Jordan Givens, Alex Wells, and ex-In Favor vocalist Tyler McMunn. Their sound is almost theatrical in nature, every note and drum hit precisely in place to add to the picture they are painting. McMunn’s vocals while minimal, are still heavy and full of emotion, blended in tastefully instead of being in front of the mix. This is definitely chill music in it’s purest form with large emphasis on ambiance and tone. Their debut EP “Peak XV” is only 3 tracks in length but it has a lasting effect on listeners. Click here to listen to “Peak XV”
Lastly, we look at what is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite Minneapolis poppunk band, Unturned. Debuting back in early 2014 as 3-piece, Unturned have quickly become one of the new mainstays in the Minnesota underground scene. Effortlessly combining elements of old school poppunk with emo elements of more recent years into a unique sound that a wide variety of listeners will enjoy, all rounded off with the unmistakeable voice and energy of frontman Parker Toyne. More recently, they expanded their sound significantly with the addition of guitarists Will Leach and Isaac Luedtke. With the new 5-piece lineup Unturned sounds better than ever, and are quickly on their way to the top of the scene. Check out their most recent EP “Acceptance” here.