The Learning Curve: Glyphic, Candella, Stereo Sympathy, Punch Cabbie, Dangerous New Machine
The majority of the lessons in this week’s Learning Curve have to do with educating you on rock music. In fact, four of the five lessons here are of the rock persuasion, so read up, click on links and enjoy!
Lesson #1: Glyphic
From: Denver, CO
Sounds like: Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Evans Blue
Listen to: “Everything Eventual”
Why You Should Care: As one of the better unsigned bands traversing the country by van, Denver’s Gylphic isn’t quite getting the attention they deserve. They have an amiable mainstream rock sound that can be seen no better than on their debut full length “Everything Eventual.” They have the total package – raw talent, pure emotion and commercial viability – all traits that should have them on your very immediate radar. It’s time to do your homework, and Glyphic is your first assignment.
Lesson #2: Candella
From: Rochester, NY
Signed?: Falutline Entertainment
Sounds like: Taproot, Crossfade, Cold
Listen to: “Self Inflicted”
Why You Should Care: Though the Rochester, NY rock scene Candella calls home isn’t as potent as it once was, these boys don’t seem to be affected this band one bit. With their new release “Self Inflicted,” Candella offers up another quality slab of driving, groove-orientated, modern hard rock with just the slightest bit of a nu-metal hue, though not so much you’d really notice. The band thrives during moments of melodic euphoria thanks in the large part to the affected vocals of guitarist/frontman Lee Goodale, who does a stellar job of allowing the band to soar (‘No Sleep’).
Lesson #3: Stereo Sympathy
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sounds like: Onelinedrawing, Owl City, A Rocket to the Moon
Listen to: MySpace songs
Why You Should Care: Songs written straight from the heart always deserve a listen, and such is the case of those written by singer/songwriter outfit Stereo Sympathy. While some of the bands electro-indie-pop seems to come off as a clone of the many others jamming out to this sound at times (‘Only for the Let Downs’), the synth infused indie pop usually works out for the better (‘Time,’ ‘For a Mountain’). Stereo Sympathy’s ability to sound painfully vulnerable, yet ultimately relatable makes the material here of note. And as for all those electronic touches, SS seems to employ the ‘everything in moderation’ credo, something other bands of this ilk (Lights, Owl City) haven’t exactly figured out yet.
Lesson #4: Punch Cabbie
From: Chicago, IL
Sounds like: Remembering Never, Poison the Well, Eighteen Visions
Listen to: MySpace songs
Why You Should Care: Listening to one track – ‘Sineater’ – from Chicago’s Punch Cabbie will give you all the insight into their music that you will need. The band effectively combines stirring melodic elements with jarring screams and breakdowns to create an aesthetic not unlike Killswitch Engage or Unearth, with high-quality guitars and vocals to boot. As a matter of fact, the bands newer works (‘Bite Back,’ ‘One Pound’) are among the best the band has committed to record yet, and if they continue to pen tracks close to this good they surely will find themselves mentioned in more than just this column in the near future. ‘Templar Nights’ makes me wish more bands sounded this good, but at least there’s Punch Cabbie to satisfy those urges.
Lesson #5: Dangerous New Machine
From: Atlanta, GA
Sounds like: Stereomud, Drowning Pool, Dark New Day
Listen to: “Set the World On Fire”
Why You Should Care: Well, if you are a modern rock fan, then this is a band you should be currently listening to. First off, the band is fronted by Eric Rogers (Stereomud/Sounddevice), so there a gold star right there, and also houses former members of Stuck Mojo and Fozzy within its ranks, giving them instant rock credibility, but honestly, if the fact that Rogers sings for Dangerous New Machine doesn’t peak your interests, you may not be as big a rock music fan as you thought. His former band Stereomud was one of the best bands to make music during the dreaded nu-metal crazy at the turn of the century, and now is back to do his thing with DNM. Go pick up “Set the World on Fire” right now.