Welcome to the fifth edition of 10 Songs Out Of Long Island You Should Hear. I’m especially excited about this one – we’ve got a couple of exclusive track releases you can’t get anywhere else, a bunch of new bands to introduce, plus this edition is being sponsored by the very awesome Shoot The Shred podcast. Let’s get started:
1. Quiet Storm: For The Record
It’s been a minute since we heard from QS – his last project Bad Decisions was released in 2013 and we’ve been anticipating a follow up for a little while now. He said he planned to release the new album this past Summer when we interviewed him back in June, but that obviously didn’t happen. It looks like we’ll get to hear his sophomore album (which will be called Pardon My Personality) soon though – QS hit us up last week and slipped us a little taste of what he’s been working on, and from what I’ve heard of the album, this promises to be his best work yet. We’ve got the exclusive drop of the albums intro track For The Record – give it a listen below and you can download the single here.
2. Foxtrax: I’ll Be Back For You
Foxtrax is a 3-piece indie-rock group out of Long Island – I heard of these guys through LIB Magazine, who did a piece on them back in September. Jon Stenz (drums), Jared Stenz (bass) and Ben Schneid (vox, guitar) formed at the beginning of 2015, but they sound like they’ve been writing together for years. They released their debut EP The Cabin in August – it’s a 5-track effort that delivers beginning to end – there’s not one part of this EP I do not love. They’re currently playing shows in the NY/LI area to promote the songs and hopefully we’ll be hearing a full-length LP sometime in the near future. My favorite track on the EP, and it was a tough decision, is I’ll Be Back For You.
3. Time King: Face to Face
I’ve been telling anyone who will listen about Time King – they’re one of the most talented and promising bands I’ve seen come out of LI, ever. The five-piece rock/prog band dropped their debut full-length LP Suprœ in September to a packed out crowd at Revolution at their release party. Their live show is off the hook and so is this album – you need to check it out. You can get a taste of their live sound at timekingofficial.com where they posted live sessions for the songs The New and Take Cover – and guitarists Shayne and Brandon were just recently interviewed by our friends at Shoot the Shred, so check that out as well. My personal favorite track from the album is Face to Face – give it a listen.
4. Wake the Sun: Grace and Faith
Wake the Sun is a kick-ass blues-infused rock band formed on Long Island in early 2014. They wrote, recorded and released their debut EP Wicked Souls in March 2015 and have been out touring the states since. They released a music video for their single Grace and Faith in September, and since I can’t decide which song off their EP I like the best, I decided to post about this one. Give it a listen below.
5. Graves: Hold Me Under
Graves is a three-piece melodic hardcore group out of LI – I don’t know what else to say aside from I freakin love this band. Formed in 2013, they dropped a 3 song demo in June of that year and followed that up with the EP 1932-2002 in November of 2014. The EP is everything you want from a Long Island Hardcore record – it’s heavy, it’s emotive, it’s gripping. They’ve been quiet for a little while now, but according to the bands Facebook page, they’ve got some things in the works and are looking to turn some heads in early 2016. For now, give my favorite track Hold Me Under a listen below.
6. The Walking Tree: What’s In My Head
The Walking Tree is a five piece rock group out of Port Washington – they dropped their new three track EP What’s In My Head on December 1st along with a music video for the single. We dropped by The Studio at Webster Hall this past Friday, December 4 to check the guys out as they opened for RDGLDGRN and we’ll be posting those photos shortly – for now, give my new favorite song a listen and download their EP on iTunes.
7. Allies: Extremities
Allies are a five piece alt-rock group out of Merrick formed in 2012. I first heard of these guys through the creative collective Con-Template which they’re a part of along with TK the Architect. I got a chance to check them out when they opened for Time King and Peru this past September – I grabbed their EP The Lobby, a collection of five really tight tracks, the next day. My favorite track of the EP is Extremities – give it a listen below.
8. Peru: I Need You
Peru is a soul-infused indie group started by Singer/Guitarist Michael Desmond, Bassist Thomas Coasta and Drummer Jay Scalchunes in 2014. They released their debut EP Ordinary People in September of this year at Revolution in Amityville and I picked up a copy after their set. It’s a collection of six really nice tracks – check out their Live Sessions video for Forever on their website. My favorite track off the EP is I Need You – give it a listen below.
9. It Came From Space: Lightyears Less Traveled
TK the Architect turned me on to these guys through the Con Template Summer Circle compilation released this past summer. It Came From Space is super interesting four piece instrumental group out of Oceanside – I find myself listening to their song Lightyears Less Traveled (off the compilation) on repeat and wanting to hear more. I love getting lost in warm, ambient music when I’m drawing or writing or doing just about anything. Still waiting on their debut EP to drop on Basecamp – for now, you can just loop this.
10. FAME: Bump My Shit
My dude FAME has been working on his debut album Walking Stoned since The Warden and FAME disbanded in February of this year. Slowly but surely, we’re starting to see and hear bits and pieces of that work – he released this Walking Stoned album teaser featuring a nice chunk of what will be the albums first single Bump My Shit. We were hoping to have the track in time for this release, but it didn’t work out that way – I will post it as soon as I get it. For now, check out the album teaser.
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