Music – Listen Local

by Sam Shaw

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Br’er Rabbit: The local three-piece Folk/Americana band Br’er Rabbit has a distinctive sound that’s bound to catch your attention. Every member sings in the band, creating a beautiful blend of different vocal styles that enhance their unique music. The vocal mixture, in addition to the classic acoustic guitar and tambourine, evokes an undeniable restlessness, you can’t help but get up, join in the foot-stomping and just move with the music. The harmonica in the song “What’s Left” brings you into an old Western movie, watching the tumbleweeds roll across the screen. The overall emotion that Br’er Rabbit’s self-titled EP incites, in me at least, is one of a yearning to travel and experience the unknown. I certainly recommend checking out Br’er Rabbit, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

Listen: brerrabbitmusic.com
Watch: youtube.com/watch?v=JDokJGVDDrI
Follow: facebook.com/brerrabbitmusic

Bright Weapons

Bright Weapons

Bright Weapons: This four-piece local punk band is one you can’t ignore. The rhythm in their music is infectious and will have you pogoing along with the crowd in a heartbeat. The female vocalist has a mix of punk and grunge to her vocal style. If you love girl punk chick rock, this is right up your alley. The gritty guitar riffs and rough baseline is just on the border between music and noise, which is the best of punk. Under all of these musical antics are kick-ass melodies that make you want to sing out loud. Check them out, they’ll knock you out.

Listen: brightweapons.bandcamp.com
Follow: facebook.com/brightweapons

Offshoots

Offshoots

The Offshoots: The Offshoots is composed of four members with a love of classic rock that really comes through in their music. The female vocalist has a style reminiscent of Heart, while the guitarists rock riffs straight out of the 1980s. With the melodies these musicians produce, it’s a wonder they haven’t become famous. Everyone with a love for classic rock should check out the Offshoots, they have that great, classic sound that just can’t be replicated.

Listen: redux-band.com/music.html
Follow: facebook.com/offshootsband

Girlguts

Girlguts

Girl Guts: Girl Guts is a three-man band from our very own Bellingham, WA. They’re a gritty punk rock band with an alternative flair on their lyrics. Their riffs are well-written once you get past the rough production, but then again rough production is at the heart of punk rock. Punk should never be polished. This music makes you want to pogo in the middle of a packed crowd and then jump into a mosh pit. The raspy vocals are punctuated by classic punk screams and the whole dynamic of the vocals blends perfectly with the rough gritty vibe. Girl Guts is just a fantastic punk rock band.

Listen: soundcloud.com/girl-guts
Watch: youtube.com/watch?v=uBNnB4tmPfk
Follow: facebook.com/GirlGuts

FOAM Lake

FOAM Lake

Foam Lake: Foam Lake, composed of four brothers, is an amalgamation of alternative rock and indie folk with just a dash of electronica. Based out of Saskatoon, Canada, Foam Lake is working on their second album. Their debut album, Force and Matter, encompasses their wide range. One song can be a soft melodic whisper with acoustic guitar and strings, while the next is heavy electric guitar, powerful, passionate vocals and some synthesizers (just to take things up a notch). This band is too good to stay hidden for long.

Listen: foamlakeband.com/downloads
Watch: vimeo.com/echolands/toolate
Follow: facebook.com/foamlakeband

Not my type: Rap, pop, punk, grunge, rock, metal, country, Americana, folk, opera, electronica, screamo. These are all genres, specifically they’re labels, and like a label, they become a stereotype. Each word puts a picture of a person inside your head that may not be accurate. metal head, prep, theater kid, punk rocker, scene kid, grunge kid, gangster, nerd. These are all common stereotypes that people deal with on a day-to-day basis, often unconsciously (although sometimes it’s not). A metal head could be a fan of folk music or opera, but you’d never know it by looking at them or, a preppy kid could be the biggest metal head you’ve ever met and just not look like it. Maybe his parents don’t allow him to dress the way he wants, so you’re not seeing the real person behind his facade. There are exceptions to every rule. For some unknown reason, the majority of music fans don’t understand this. Metal heads bash on preppy kids and vice versa. Scene kids hate on grunge kids. But really, no one knows what music means to you, except you. It’s a personal relationship with art. So call me a metal head, scene kid, punk rocker, grunge kid, whatever you want. Just because that’s what you stereotype me as, it doesn’t mean that’s what I am. The same goes for music. Music is what it is, whether you like it or not. You don’t have to judge it and harsh on it. Music comes from the heart and is given meaning by each and every listener. Your meaning may not be the same as someone else’s, and that’s something that everyone will have to accept.