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July 2015

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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IN HEAT and Bugs and Rats Tour Starts Tonight in Providence

The first time I saw Boston's excellent Bugs and Rats, Nick from How They Light Cigarettes in Prison told me they sound like Nirvana. I'd never have thought of it, but In Utero is a pretty close comparison.

Providence's In Heat is screaming angry metal with enough power to make even the old people in the pit move (don't confuse them with the In Heat who have a Facebook page, though). Tour starts tonight at OE BNB in Providence, with Boston's Abominable Skimask.


Providence's Doomsday Student somehow summon the joyful noise of four 8 year-olds who've never played music using very structured (but still noisy) songs. Live, singer Eric Paul moves around like a bully making fun of a "spastic," while his bandmates similarly bully their instruments.

Their new record, A Walk Through Hysteria Park, sounds a lot like their old band, Arab on Radar, and much noisier than their other previous band, Chinese Stars.  

Record release show this Saturday, 11/29/14, in Providence, at Dusk, their final show 'til March.

Best of [YOUR SCENE] 2014 Poll for Emerging Artists - ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

It's that time of the year folks!

Submit your band for The Deli's Best of [YOUR SCENE] 2014 Poll for Emerging Artists - who wins gets featured in our SXSW pocket issue, distributed in Austin during Music Week! (Other prizes to be announced...)


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Eyes to the Skies brings pop to Providence

A boy band trying to make it in the local scene, dance moves, pop hooks and all – it might make you laugh at first, but it’s actually kind of awesome. Eyes to the Skies, a trio from Providence College, is bringing the One Direction craze to the college music scene, taking on the hard task of pushing pop music in venues that typically host rock bands. Last month the band released its debut two-track EP, and while it’s tough to say whether the whole thing is a joke, their dance moves certainly aren’t. Download the Eyes to the Skies EP over on Bandcamp and check out a live performance of “OMG!” on the band’s Facebook page. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)






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