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July 2015
Overwatcher
"Metaphysics
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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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Year of October "Behave"

Year of October "Behave"

As I was looking up Year of October on Facebook, I noticed that at the top of my "Invite your friends to like this page" list was JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound. There is some similarity between  “Behave,” off their album “Stories” and JC Brook’s “Rouse Yourself,” mainly because they sing 'baby-' the same soulful, bitterweet manner. From there “Stories” digs deep into blues territory. Its heavy and biting, with organ and Phelicia Sullivan’s propensity to end phrases with a Patti Smith-esque uptick giving it plenty of personality. It’s good music for forgetting a no-good man, and the album is available for free on their bandcamp: yearofoctober.bandcamp.com/releases

Catch them at one of their many shows around Nashville this fall, the next going down at the Ruteledge on Oct. 17th. –Terra James-Jura

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