Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:02 pm UTC

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Captain Waffles » Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:49 am UTC

Don't know if it's in here, but Me first and the Gimme Gimme's are a cover band. They take old songs and speed it up while redoing the genre and giving it a very punk feel.

Two of my favorites are Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Phantom of The Opera, although I really love their Phantom of the Opera cover :D

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Postby rrwoods » Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:16 pm UTC

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Minirogue wrote:The Protomen

Damn, I'm surprised anyone on this entire forum has heard of the Protomen. I thought it was just something me and the forum that I heard about them from knew about. Did they ever put out a second album? The first was awesome.

I just discovered these guys. They played MAGfest, and unfortunately my tired self couldn't make it through more than 3 of their songs. Shame, 'cause they played the entirety of ACT II: The Father of Death, preceded by the best sound check song ever, and followed by some apparently amazing stuff I'm really sad I missed. I'd never heard of them before this past weekend.

I bought a CD of ACT II the following day.

It. Is. Awesome.

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Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:43 pm UTC

rrwoods wrote:
semicolon wrote:
Minirogue wrote:The Protomen

Damn, I'm surprised anyone on this entire forum has heard of the Protomen. I thought it was just something me and the forum that I heard about them from knew about. Did they ever put out a second album? The first was awesome.

I just discovered these guys. They played MAGfest, and unfortunately my tired self couldn't make it through more than 3 of their songs. Shame, 'cause they played the entirety of ACT II: The Father of Death, preceded by the best sound check song ever, and followed by some apparently amazing stuff I'm really sad I missed. I'd never heard of them before this past weekend.

I bought a CD of ACT II the following day.

It. Is. Awesome.

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Their music sounds good, but their website is terrible. Seriously, intro pages and mystery meat navigation?
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Postby rrwoods » Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:13 pm UTC

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:Their music sounds good, but their website is terrible. Seriously, intro pages and mystery meat navigation?

Couldn't agree more. Their tour dates are listed as last weekend :-P

But they put on such a good show and they sound amazing. Just wish I had been awake enough to stick around for the rest of the magfest show :-(
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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Microscopic cog » Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:09 pm UTC

Listening to Act 2 alright, now at the 3rd track, Father of Death. Mind is completely blown. The Good Doctor was sex. This track is just as good. Soo good.

Insane amounts of gratitude for recommending.

Edit: Oh god I am at Give us the rope. So epic.
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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby pigsfromagun » Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:27 am UTC

I just posted this on the "Recommend one artist" forum, so I hope that's alright. I searched this forum, too, and it hadn't been posted here either. Hope you like it.
*Lydia - This Is Twice Now

EDIT: I'm just gonna go ahead and edit in a whole list of artists. I'll be checking to make sure that they haven't been mentioned already, but I apologize in advance if I accidentally do repost one.
The Actual Tigers - Standing By
*Analog Rebellion - A Particularly Long Elevator Shaft
*Anathallo - The River (I saw this was mentioned before, but without a song to go with it, so I hope this will be forgiven.)
Barcelona - It's About Time
City and Colour - The Girl (Quite a bit more well known than the others, especially up there in Canada, but I felt it was worth a mention.)
Copeland - When You Thought You'd Never Stand Out
*Forgive Durden - For A Dreamer, Night's The Only Time Of Day (I saw someone towards the beginning posted Gatsbys American Dream, so I figured I'd feed more of my Seattle pride and post some more of the best Seattle has to give. And before any pedants attack me for leaving the apostrophe out of "Gatsbys," that's the way the band spells it, so you can take it up with them. It bothers me, too, but their music makes up for it.)
Great Northern - Houses
James Marsters - Every Man Thinks God Is On His Side (You may recognize him from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)
Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground - Hey Momma'
Margot &The Nuclear So and So's - Broadripple is Burning
*Matt Pond PA - The Butcher
Mobile - Daylight Breaks
Northstar - For Members Only (Acoustic)
Paper Route - Wish
Peter Bradley Adams - Los Angeles
Passion Pit - Moth's Wings
*PlayRadioPlay! - I'm A Pirate, You're A Princess
*Sleeping At Last - Tension and Thrill
Stateless - Bloodstream

* = highly recommended

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby aldonius » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:56 am UTC

Hells yeah agreement on Moth's Wings. It's wonderful, there's no other possible descriptor.

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby sje46 » Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:14 pm UTC

Is it allowed to post bands that WERE very famous, but that was so long ago that no one remembers them anymore? Hell, I don't think most of my peers even know who the Kinks are.
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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby |Erasmus| » Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:52 pm UTC

An awesome post-rock band from these parts: sleepmakeswaves

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby the_bandersnatch » Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:04 am UTC

sje46 wrote:Is it allowed to post bands that WERE very famous, but that was so long ago that no one remembers them anymore? Hell, I don't think most of my peers even know who the Kinks are.


What, really? Just about everyone I know is familiar with their bigger hits at the very least, with a number easily described as fans (myself included). I would say posting bands that were big but aren't now would open up a can of worms in this thread, and would inevitably leading to some kid posting The Beatles, because they're the only person they know who listens to them. And that would just be silly.
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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Microscopic cog » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:06 pm UTC

Lola is burned into the collective memory of mankind. And to a lesser extent, also Waterloo Sunset and Dead end Street.


But, what about Harmonium?
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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby choginga » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:32 am UTC

How about this: The Adults.
They are a super group featuring the front people from 3 famous New Zealand Bands that you have most likely not heard of(Shihad (aka pacifier), Fur Patrol and Dimmer)
They have a very classic New Zealand sound.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd5VatI8ZkE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx6G0NGZJxU

Also, the Mint Chicks. They are another NZ band who have tried their luck in Portland so you may know them

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCMUXMh7yFI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT-QiClpJKU

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby PerchloricAcid » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:47 pm UTC

Children of the Mushroom
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Jex Thoth
Johnny Mathis
Vixen (not that obscure)
Strawberry Alarm Clock (also)

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby hawkinsssable » Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:40 pm UTC

I don't know how obscure he is in the wider world, but The Tallest Man on Earth is pretty obscure in Australia, or at least Melbourne- insofar as I know, our public radio station, indie radio station, and trendy commercial indie- playing station haven't played him, and nobody I know has heard of him.

This song by him has got to be the most beautiful murder song ever written.

Brilliant Fanzine are a pretty mediocre band whose first EP I absolutely loved. It's made cooler by the fact that the album art is a painting of half the face of somebody who looks exactly- EXACTLY- like I looked at the time I bought the album (ie before facial hair took over my face). I used to have a photo of me holding up the album so my face and the art overlapped, and it was incredibly uncanny.
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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Fedechiar » Sun Aug 21, 2011 1:49 pm UTC

Under 200000 views on Youtube:
Radio Moscow - blues rock, they sound a bit like the Black Keys (the producer is Dan Auerbach)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK7utv94JU4
Under 100000 views on Youtube:
Rossington-Collins Band - this is actually from the '80s, it's the two guitarists from Skynyrd playing with a female singer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDKx9zWINqM
Under 5000 views on Youtube:
Grainne Duffy - Irish blues singer/guitarist with a great voice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7Pq54siHUc
Thunderhead - a Southern band from the '70s, they published an album they recorded in 1975 a few years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZEg1Ze2Qq8

There's also Warpaint, but they're not quite unknown; kudos for 65daysofstatic and Forgive Durden

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Anachrome » Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:18 pm UTC

(in no particular order):

band: 8 Bit Weapon
song: 2D Died
Parody of 'American Pie', but good in it's own right too; their other music is good too, really great chiptune band.

band: she
song: Atomic
Very catchy chiptuney/synthy song.

band: iLiKETRAiNS
song: Sirens
Nice ambient postrock band.

band: Detektivbyrån
song: Kärlekens Alla Färjor
Nice Swedish instrumental band, very interesting sound.

band: Anamanguchi
song: Helix Nebula
Really awesome chiptune band.

So yeah, those are some obscure bands that I like.

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Microscopic cog » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:02 am UTC

band: iLiKETRAiNS
song: Sirens
Nice ambient postrock band.


I recently found out about this band, really digging their latest album but I heard their older albums are quite different from it.
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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Anachrome » Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:46 pm UTC

Microscopic cog wrote:
band: iLiKETRAiNS
song: Sirens
Nice ambient postrock band.


I recently found out about this band, really digging their latest album but I heard their older albums are quite different from it.

They are, but not drastically so: It's a subtle but noticeable difference.

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Microscopic cog » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:18 pm UTC

Oh alright. I'll check those out as well then.
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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Arnvidr » Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:38 pm UTC

Anachrome wrote:band: Detektivbyrån
song: Kärlekens Alla Färjor
Nice Swedish instrumental band, very interesting sound.
Sweet, thanks! It's kinda like Múm. Great stuff.

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Sosekopp » Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:49 pm UTC

The Lucksmiths. Australian indie/twee pop band with really wonderful lyrics.
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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:11 pm UTC

tune-yards

tUnE-yArDs is the music project of New England native Merrill Garbus. When performing live, Garbus creates drum loops on the spot, and layers these with ukulele, voice, and electric bass (played by Nate Brenner). The "w h o k i l l" tour will add a saxophone section.

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby Felstaff » Tue May 08, 2012 11:28 am UTC

Freakin' love tUnE-yArDs (or is it TuNe-YaRdS?) whichever one goes "Don't take my life away!! Don't take my life away!!" is my favourite. It's like she's Jamie Woon's younger, more energetic, more talented little sister.

Finally found out the name of that tune that I heard a few years ago (thank you, Shazam), and I couldn't believe it's Lover's Carvings by Bibio. I've had the album the whole time! Is dude big around here? He might be big. I don't exactly have my finger on the pulse.

There's also a band called Friends who are exceptionally hard to Google, and information is hardly forthcoming. Spotify only has one or two songs, too.
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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby tomhat » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:19 pm UTC

Just to plug someone local, I'd recommend The Cellar Family. They're punk/post-punk, named after the Fritzl case, and completely vicious.

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby upandcomer » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:55 am UTC

Ensiferum, Turisas, Korpiklaani, Blind Guardian.

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby McGrupp » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:46 pm UTC

What about bands that are really popular within a specific subset of people but not well-known anywhere else? e.g. Tribal Tech

I say this because I see bands mentioned like Telefon Tel Aviv and Tallest Man on Earth that are very well-known among my circle of friends, but almost everyone I know is either a musician or a music nerd and they've also heard of people like Brian Blade.

I don't think Jonny Mathis is too obscure and Strawberry Alarm Clock definitely isn't - "Incense and Peppermints" at least around here is a staple of mainstream rock radio.

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Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Postby PerchloricAcid » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:51 pm UTC

upandcomer wrote:Korpiklaani, Blind Guardian.

I've heard of those and I don't even listen to that kind of music, really.

@McGrupp: Where do you live? Sounds like the radio programme is cool there. :D
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