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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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Let your love for Vincent Van Whoa grow

Using the words "bubblegum" and "punk" to describe a band may seem awkward sounding, but when it comes to noisemakers Vincent Van Whoa, it's totally appropriate. Not to say that their songs are twee, frilly or overly sweet, but more so that their particular styling of punk is less harsh and a bit more accessible than some other bands, coasting more on the "noisy garage" side of the scale. Have a listen for yourself with the track "Rusty Catflap" below.

Vincent Van Whoa will be melting some hearts on Valentine's Day with a show at Kelly's Olympian with Eugene's Pancho + The Factory, if you want to catch them live. It's strongly suggested.

-Cervante Pope

 

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Issue #45 (Winter 2016) of The Deli NYC is online!

Lurvely Deli Readers,

We are proud to introduce you to our Winter 2016 issue of The Deli NYC, featuring on the cover Brooklyn songwriter, producer and multimedia artist Brittany Campbell, portrayed by NYC comix artist Lale Westwind. Inside the issue - besides dozens of talented emerging NYC bands and artists - you'll also find a feature about the undiscovered genius of Captain Baby and the ongoing saga of Manhattan DIY art space and venue ABC No Rio

READ IT ONLINE HERE! It will be out in print around January 15.


Have your hair of the dog tonight at Turn! Turn! Turn!

If you woke up today still feeling the high of last night (or worse, the post-party hangover), try your hand at a little hair of the dog, accompanied with some music. Keep the New Year's celebration in full swing tonight at the Turn! Turn! Turn! (formerly the Record Room, for all you old schoolers), who happen to be celebrating their first day with a liquor license. Spinning some classic soulful tunes will be local DJs Danny Glover's Kid, Calamity Kate, Crambone and Cobra, starting at 7pm. Crawl out of bed and keep the party going.

-Cervante Pope

 

 

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Entangled in the sounds of People With Accents

An interesting name for a band that produces an interesting sound, People With Accents call to both the "90's indie" and "math rocker" in us all. Their music is so easy to get lost in, complexly blending the technicality of progressive math rock with the soft yet forceful delight of 90's indie (think Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Sunny Day Real Estate and at times, Cursive). The two facets of People With Accents, Jacob Saulsbury and Alex McEntee, released their self titled debut back in 2012, and dropped You Could Be Wrong last year. Revel in their track "Abandon All Hope/Hope Springs Etenal," below.

-Cervante Pope

 

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Walk through the lyrical forest with Sasquatch

Not to be confused with the woods dwelling, hairy mammoth of a humanoid or the yearly festival extravaganza, but for the sake of this post, Sasquatch refers to the moniker adapted by your next favorite local hip hop act. Branden A., aka Sasquatch (or SQTCH, depending), hatches an apt lyrically flow atop old school beats and samples. The sound translates into an Atmosphere-esque delivery that sounds refreshingly present. His incredibly real and relatable lyrical content tackles parenting, intoxicant usage, pride and other struggles listeners can connect with. 

Sasquatch fits into the PNW's expanding hip hop community and could easily play alongside the Odd Future gang if he wanted to. His album, I'ts Okay...I've Died..., runs nine tracks of his talent. Check out "The 5th Floor/Elevators" featuring Dior Worthy below.

-Cervante Pope

 

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