The Rising Five: #5: Fifth Anniversary Edition!
Before I begin the fifth anniversary of the Rising Five, I’d like to thank the EMURGers and the Academy of Rock for making this all possible.
YOU LOVE ME, YOU REALLY REALLY LOVE ME!
Oh wait, you only want me for my music. I’m onto you. I see how it is. Alright, fine, here are five new bands for the Fifth Anniversary of the Rising Five…ruin my moment…hmph!
1. The Material – Let You Down : Female-fronted pop-rock band from Los Angeles that has earned a lot of Internet buzz with their heartstring tugging debut album What We Are, but somehow are not on a major label. They will be playing SXSW (South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas) this month and may be lighting up your stage in the near future.
2. In My Coma – Friendly Fire : This Toronto-area three piece is as catchy as they are cerebral and this, the opening track on their 2011 masterpiece Magnets & Miracles, is just one in a long list of legit hits on the album.
3. Candlelight Red – Closer : The four piece from Williamsport, PA (the home of the Little League World Series) is gaining a lot of steam with “Closer” and album The Wreckage. They’ve toured with the likes of Saving Abel and 10 Years, so you know they’ve got the chops. Expect to hear much more from them in the near future.
4. Throwing Gravity – Here We Go Again : Originally known as The Rust, this band was good enough to get a deal with Universal Republic. After the usual label complications (sitting on their hands), Throwing Gravity, who changed their name just to work with them, left their deal but the music sure as hell didn’t suffer for it! Check out It’s Not The End.
5. ELEW – The Diary of Jane (Breaking Benjamin cover) : Eric Lewis, better known professionally as ELEW started off as a classically trained piano player in Camden, New Jersey, learning different kinds of piano-heavy genres including jazz and ragtime. His love for rock gave him the idea of mixing his passion for rock with jazz giving you a different idea of what rock can truly be. His debut album Rockjazz: Vol. I has unique covers of Breaking Benjamin’s “Diary of Jane”, Evanescence’s “Going Under” and Nirvana’s seminal hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” amongst others. It truly is amazing to see these songs transformed.
Hope you enjoyed the bands.
I’ll be back in weeks of two, to avoid copyright infringement and have five more bands in store for you and you’ll have bands you’ll want to talk about. I might, too.