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Young Prisms

April 17 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Friday, April 8, 2011
In the “Genre” section of their Facebook page, Young Prisms shout their answer in caps-lock: “SHOEGAZE.” It’s nothing new for bands to skewer the concept of embracing or self-identifying with genres (comb through MySpace for a couple of hours and you’ll lose track of how many bands think that listing themselves as “Christian Rap” or “Ghettotech” is gut-bustingly funny), but in Young Prisms’ case, the line between truth and gag is terribly blurry.  

The Wonder Years

April 10 • Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
At first blush, Dan “Soupy” Campbell's lyrics and Charles Bukowski's poetry and prose have a whole lot of nothing in common. In The Wonder Years, Campbell backs up buoyant Melodic Hardcore/Pop Punk with defiantly upbeat verse, coping with trials, travels and tribulations by maintaining a silver lining mentality. Bukowski, on the other hand, was a downtrodden cur of a writer, providing one unflinching look at his fucked-up reality after another.  

Music: The Wonder Years

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
At first blush, Dan “Soupy" Campbell's lyrics and Charles Bukowski's poetry and prose have a whole lot of nothing in common. In The Wonder Years, Campbell backs up buoyant Melodic Hardcore/Pop Punk with defiantly upbeat verse, coping with trials, travels and tribulations by maintaining a silver lining mentality. Finding similarities between the two seems impossible until Campbell explains what he enjoys about Bukowski.  

Sleeper Agent

March 31 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Currently, there are only a handful of interviews and reviews dedicated to Sleeper Agent, yet the positive vibes they've been reeling in (one of the top guys at Spin magazine's website deemed them his “Best Discovery” at South By Southwest) mean that there's bound to be more details soon. Let's get acquainted with them before the whole world does.  

Music: Sleeper Agent

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Forming in 2008 in Bowling Green, Ky.— the same locale as buddies and tour-mates Cage the Elephant — Sleeper Agent is a five-piece playing spirited, Garage-tinted AltRock, sounding like a genial combo of Cage, Band of Horses, The White Stripes and occasionally Red Hot Chili Peppers. Currently, there are only a handful of interviews and reviews dedicated to the group, yet the positive vibes they've been reeling in mean that there's bound to be more details soon.  

Music: Super Desserts

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Assembled by players from a plethora of rising Columbus outfits (Couch Forts, Bird and Flower, Beard of Stars, etc.), Super Desserts features 11 stable members and several others coming in and out based on circumstances. The hefty number of instruments the band utilizes enhances the semi-supergroup feel, with banjo, sitar, clarinet, tambourine, cello, saxophone, glockenspiel and other items coming into play.  

Music: Ender with Catalepsy

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Relentless aggression is crucial to Ender's MO. The New Jersey five-piece's debut is called This is Revenge; they play a vindictive cross between Metal and Hardcore; and its merch sports slogans like "Break Shit," "Payback's A Bitch" and "Ruin Somebody's Fucking Day." Last September, its hostile approach came into question when a promoter in Allenstown, N.H., pulled Ender from a bill because, as he allegedly said, his venue didn't "book bands that promote violence, hate, revenge, killing, etc."  

Super Desserts

Jan. 28 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, January 24, 2011
Assembled by players from a plethora of rising Columbus outfits, Super Desserts features 11 stable members and several others coming in and out. The hefty number of instruments the band utilizes enhances the semi-supergroup feel, with banjo, sitar, clarinet, tambourine, cello, saxophone, glockenspiel and other items coming into play.  

Ender with Catalepsy

Jan. 31 • Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Monday, January 24, 2011
Relentless aggression is crucial to Ender's MO. The New Jersey five-piece's debut is a vindictive cross between Metal and Hardcore (heavier on the latter); and its merch sports slogans like “Break Shit,” “Payback's A Bitch” and “Ruin Somebody's Fucking Day.” The anxious, angry lyrical angle is an outlet for listeners who have undoubtedly been screwed over at some point in their lives.  

Terrible Things Respond to Tragedy with Concept Album

Band's debut explores the consequences of destruction and change

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Terrible Things' debut is a concept album shaped around a series of arsons in the bands' hometown of Coatesville, Pa. The trio maps out hooky, soaring AltRock that moves competently, peppering through interesting shifts and twists.