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July 2015
Overwatcher
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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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Roco drops video for "e. silver"

They say there's a lot of value in first impressions, and Roco (née Bashly) isn't one to waste an opportunity like that. Their debut single "e. silver" dropped last month, and the beginning of May saw the release of a colorfully twee video to accompany the colorfully twee song. The stop-and-start nature of the stop motion video, which looks like a set piece from Fantastic Mr. Fox, nicely compliments the minimal baroque pop of "e. silver."

It looks like we'll be getting some more from Roco once Pidgin Tongue debuts on May 17, so now's your last chance to be ahead of the curve on a band everybody should be talking about. If that's not enough to convince you to give the video a watch, stick around after it's done to see YouTube's auto-play feature launch into some real out-there conspiracy videos about silver and the Illuminati, for whatever reason. -Austin Phy

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Holy Mountain Top Removers ascend with "Pagoda Nods to Euphrates"

Finding the words to describe a band I've experienced as many times and in as many states as Holy Mountain Top Removers is difficult, so let's stick with the facts right now. They have a new album coming out May 10 on the excellent Otherness Records. The lead single, Pagoda Nods to Euphrates, is out for you to enjoy right now. Still sticking with the facts: this is a band you need to see live (more than once) at your earliest convenience, or even your earliest inconvenience. Cancel family plans. Drive a little farther than you'd like. Whatever it takes. Each show is its own experience of far-out explorations featuring, seemingly, whatever the band members pulled out of their toyboxes on the way out the door, punctuated by set pieces ranging from Mid-East Morricone surf pieces such as Euphrates to funeral dirges heavier than a freshly-occupied coffin. 

Check out the stream below and keep your eyes peeled for physical releases due later this year. -Austin Phy


Chill Witch gets wild and wonderful on debut

Chill Witch 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

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Thin Veil's self-titled EP is a foreboding offering

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

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ELEL gets pumped up with "Animal," see them May 21 at East Nash Crawfish Bash

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

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