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Do some stretches, because Nashville-based Overwatcher are bringing the melodic hardcore madness, and some soft moshing is imminent.

Although a relatively new band, the guys have come out swinging with red-blooded live shows and a victory in our Band of the Month competition. The release of their debut EP "Metaphysics" will undoubtedly add fuel to their face-melting fire.
 
With the ample sound you'd expect from a six-piece, the guys are bringing a new vitality to the melocore scene. "Metaphysics" features the melodic exploration and merciless pulse of predecessors like Touche Amore, mewithoutyou and Defeater, with the brutal lyrical honesty and self-awareness of post-grad punk kids.
 
Overwatcher has created an engaging and discerning debut EP that is just as dynamic (if not more so) live. During their most recent performance at The East Room, lead vocalist Alex MacWilliam, performing through a head-wound he earned early in the set, filled up every ounce of space he could get his hands on. Often on tables and chairs, level with the crowd, even lying down, MacWilliam lead his crew through an intense, energetic set. Whether the audience is of five or 5,000, the performance remains wholehearted, and there is definitely something to be said for that.
 
Overwatcher is putting a refreshing spin on melodic hardcore, and "Metaphysics" is a testament to their musical prowess and clear passion for the genre. And, I can only assume this is just the beginning.  -Caroline Bowman

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Chill With is a group made up of people who sure know how to put together an album, and it shows on the collective's debut full-length. Primitive in its use of modern instrumentation, the mood is like one day we all bombed our civilizations out and the descendants of the few survivors found our synthesizers buried in the dirt. You can dance to it, sure, but any dance to Chill Witch has to involve some sudden shaking and convulsing, so you'd best commit to it. -Austin Phy

May 02, 2016
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Thin Veil, the new moniker for the music of James Vincent Oblon, is as close as an album can be to metal without being metal. Make no mistake: despite a lack of roaring solos and crash cymbal freakouts, the album is heavy and foreboding in the most laid-back way, like a wise old demon lounging on a throne of skulls. Oblon chugs and drones, hisses and wails, and creates a pervasive atmosphere of unease from start to finish.  -Austin Phy

May 02, 2016
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Known mostly for their sweet as hell bootyshakin' party anthems, "Animal" shows off a far more in-your-face side of ELEL. Yet another diamond from the minds of this 7-or-so member collective, a group of songwriting animals themselves, this track holds to band's roots in grandiose love bangers but adds a pumped-up element that'll make you want to find your troubles and kick them right over the moon.

If you happen to fall in the Venn diagram overlap of "people who like crawfish boils" and "people who don't mind cutting a rug or two," you can catch ELEL at the East Nashville Crawfish Bash (5.21) with tons of other killer bands, beer from Yazoo, and did we mention it's a crawfish boil? -Austin Phy

April 28, 2016
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Good folk music must be one of those "you know it when you hear it" things. There's sure no set criteria. Is it the lyrics, the music, the mood? One thing is certain—you'll know you're hearing it when you listen to Maddie Medley's Garland EP. It's is an all-too-short collection of barebones folk tunes, no bells or whistles in sight. Despite her low, resonant voice and the melancholy throughout (you can only be so peppy when discussing the life of Judy Garland), Medley's register remains agile and bouncy. Check out the stream below. -Austin Phy

April 28, 2016
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Ocelot by Caleb Groh is the kind of music you forget you love because not enough people are doing anything similar. There's the smooth electronic current that runs through the entire album, but Groh knows when to break convention a la the out-there folk leanings of revered freakpop headmaster Karl Blau. There's a delicate balance of being too weird for to be accesible and too vanilla to be memorable, and Ocelot confidently establishes a space for itself in the sweet spot between. -Austin Phy

April 27, 2016
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The self-titled debut EP by Cheat Aqua is a collection of brooding, sentimental pieces recorded by a one-man band (plus drum machine) and brought to life by the wonders of tape and its warm lo-fi resonance. Not one to leave a quarter of his four track recorder unloved, Cheat Aqua's main man Vaughn Walters fills out the sonic space with more harmonies than a Thin Lizzy guitar solo made sentient covering early Iron & Wine. The EP a wistful little gem, and we'd recommend you check it out on a cool, still night of your choosing. -Austin Phy

April 25, 2016
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