What to listen to before they are cool: five up-and-coming groups

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Cobbled Together By Codie Barry

Freelance Vice President

 

 

 

Part of being a well-developed person is cultivating personal culture. Your food preferences, art opinions and musical taste will inevitably decide how much worth you have as a person. Why should you listen to what society has deemed “popular?” Dig down deep into counterculture and pull up some perfect bands to hone your superiority. Not sure where to start?  Fear not! We have pulled together the best indie band releases from 2014 to 2015 that all the interesting people are listening to.

Farmers of Manhattan 

Rakin’ and Shakin’ (2014) 

Farmers of Manhattan is comprised of 12 members, all natives of Manhattan. Founders Erich Bramm and Tyler Swoot felt trapped in their urban surroundings while longing for a simpler life tied to the earth. This led to their debut concept album “Rakin’ and Shakin’,” a musical compilation that uses gardening tools rather than musical instruments.  A standout track is “Don’t Hoe Me Down,” in which six differently-colored garden hoes scratch out a love sonnet on cement.

Just some of the sizable arsenal of gardening instruments of the Farmers of Manhattan, including the hoes and rakes used frequently in “Don’t Hoe Me Down” and “Rakin’ and Shakin’”performances. - Photo courtesy of whattoexpect.com
Just some of the sizable arsenal of gardening instruments of the Farmers of Manhattan, including the hoes and rakes used frequently in “Don’t Hoe Me Down” and “Rakin’ and Shakin’”performances.
– Photo courtesy of whattoexpect.com

Su Su Su 

Spite (2015) 

Su Su Su was started when the three male members met in college and realized they all had something in common: They were all named Sue, and they all played drums. The resulting albums “Greed,” “Sloth” and “Spite” are free-form drum solos. Absolutely stunning performances, with so so so much potential.

Hatebeak  

The Thing That Should Not Beak (2007) 

This band stopped making music in 2009, but is a must-listen for any serious fringe aficionado. The death metal band’s lead singer is a parrot named Waldo, who screams unintelligible yet poignant lyrics.  Blake Harrison and Mark Sloan back up Waldo on guitar and drums. The album is a stunning example of grindcore and extreme music.

Lambchop Darling

Bring the Boiz, Bring the Noiz (2014)

Lambchop Darling brings prog rock to the hip-hop scene, with dizzying lyric content, pagan tradition and mind-blowing dance moves. They are best known for their cover of John Cage’s “4’33”.”

The Michael Senior Experience 

April 1999 (2015) 

The Michael Senior Experience is a unique band in that there are no members.  Rather, the album “April 1999” is a compilation of the sound picked up by a security camera at a grocery store during the entire month of April in the year 1999.  The mixer/creator is unknown. “April 1999” is a must-have for anyone with strong opinions on espresso.

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