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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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Somnonaut, based on a cursory internet search and the couple Latin words lodged in the "this would make for some perfect last-ditch party convo fodder" center of my brain, translates to something along the lines of "sleep sailor." And that's just about what you get with OJR's latest single—a drowsy slow-burner with voices fading in and out, like those intractably weird thoughts you have in the moments before drifting off to sleep. Fortunately for the weak-stomached among us, the seas are calm on this track thanks to a steady, unchanging loop holding all the madness together. Somnonaut does away with the heavy country leanings of OJR's Nashville Demos from last year, but whether that's a sign of things to come or just an artist having a little fun getting his jollies off remains to be seen. Either way, we're excited to float along toward whatever comes next. -Austin Phy

February 15, 2016
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The folks over at The Henry Millers are hard at work on a new EP, and they were kind enough to let us at the Deli Nashville give you the first taste! "It's Cold," the first single from the forthcoming release, is a sentimental little number that sounds something like How the Grinch Stole Christmas by way of MGMT. The center-stage metallic drums and wily synth bloops give the track an industrial grit amid the cheery overtones, somewhat like a shuttered factory transformed by a snowy day into a playground wonderland. The song is plenty upbeat and catchy while having, as the title might suggest, an edge that's chilly to the touch. 

It's cold outside, no doubt, so why not stay indoors and stream the newest from The Henry Millers instead? -Austin Phy

February 12, 2016
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The wait for ELEL debut album Geode has been a long one. In the couple years since the dissolution of Heypenny, the previous project helmed by ELEL mastermind Ben Elkins, we haven’t seen much beyond a couple singles and the odd show here and there. But what we have seen is good. And it got well-deserved hype. It’s clear that his time spent making catchy but complex, sweet but not saccharine booty-shakers with Heypenny not only sharpened up his songwriting skills, but also taught him discipline. The quality and excitement behind ELEL’s drip-fed music, matched by the goodwill Elkins built up with Heypenny, is what makes their strategy of taking big but slow steps impressive rather than frustrating.

Such is the case with the release of their “Kiss Kiss” video. Sure, it’s an incredibly well-shot video with a catchy tune to match. But for Elkins, that’s old news. These guys go the extra mile by not only lining up the video release with the mushiest holiday of them all, but offering up a download of the track (plus remix!) in the form of free-to-print Valentine’s Day cards. Get all warm and fuzzy with the video below and keep your eyes out for more from ELEL—though if these guys keep it up, you shouldn’t have to search too hard. -Austin Phy

February 11, 2016
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With a guy like Asher Horton, you get the sense that creating music is a compulsion and much as a choice. If you feel like you've heard that name recently, maybe it's because you followed our strong recommendation to check out Sun Seeker, Horton's newest project and Third Man's most recent gem. Otherwise, you may be familiar with his longtime sunshine pop outfit with Ben Parks, Fox Fun. The two haven't gotten around to putting together a full-length release and only play sporadically, but Mystery Bones gives us some indication what Horton has been doing in the meantime and—surprise, surprise—what he's been doing is writing one catchy, beach-friendly pop number after another.

This collection of solo recordings has been available on CD and Bandcamp for a little while, but it's just now getting a proper tape release courtesy of OSR Tapes. Check it out below and get your copy of some sweet analog media on its way to your analog house and your tender little analog ears. -Austin Phy.

February 10, 2016
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Wasted Time, the new EP by Goth Babe, is a fast-paced fuzz bomb brimming with the kind of youthful urgency that you can only feel when you have all the time in the world and you're afraid of blowing it. The Bandcamp page mentions that these songs were written by leading man Griffin Washburn in his dorm room at local band incubator MTSU, and it shows in all the best ways. You can hear that Washburn is all about that Nashville garage sound but not yet entrenched in it, and that gives the five crunchy nuggets on this EP a fresh perspective while still keeping a tight focus.

Stream the EP below and check out Goth Babe at the 5 Spot this Friday, February 12. -Austin Phy

February 09, 2016
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Deli Readers,

Our Best of Nashville Poll for Emerging Artists has been - as usual - a lengthy and painstaking journey which took us through prairies of numbers, horizons filled with band names, and a dense, (mostly) joyous rain of music, but we have finally arrived at destination: we can announce the final results. This year we heave a very eclectic chart - at least for the top positions.

Once all the votes were tallied (you can find out more about our methods below), All Them Witches emerged as the clear winner. Winning the contest will earn them not only serious bragging rights, but also a nod in our SXSW print edition. We first covered All Them Witches way back in the long-forgotten year of 2013, and we're thrilled to see them getting some love from our jurors. Their 2015 Sweet Release EP is a journey and a half filled with long jams and tasty riffs that'll have you doing that weird air guitar impression people do where they wiggle their fingers in front of their nipples for a couple seconds. The band shows no signs of slowing down in 2016, having already announced an overseas tour as well as a handful of US festival appearances.

Coming in second are local 70's groove revivalists Savoy Motel, though to place them in a neat genre like that is a bit of a disservice. Their music is less of an old style in a modern context and more like an alternate universe, "what could have been" trip into uncanny valley. It's all kinds of groovy and catchy, but there's a certain unease that separates it from the pack. These guys don't have a lot of material online yet, but we encourage you to dig on what's available.

In third place is electro-pop songstress REMMI. Her recently released New America EP is up there with the best of what you'll hear on any top 40 station with its crisp production and sad-dancing overtones. 

Check out our poll's top 15 below, and don't forget to get even deeper, exploring all the finalists organized by genre:

ALT FOLK - ALT ROCK - AMERICANA - 
ELECTRONIC
 - INDIE POP -INDIE/PSYCH ROCK - 
REVIVAL ROCK
 - SINGER-SONGWRITER

BEST OF 2015 POLL FOR
EMERGING NNASHVILLE ARTISTS
****** FINAL RESULTS - TOP 15 ******
 
ARTIST
J
OS
R
TOT
 
1
All Them Witches
6.5
 
0.008
6.508
2
Savoy Motel
5.5
 
0.001
5.501
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3
REMMI
4.5
 
0.042
4.542
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4
The Gills
4.5
 
0.006
4.506
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5
Steelism
3.5
 
0.004
3.504
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6
The Nearly Deads
3
 
0.068
3.068
7
Twiggs
3
 
0.068
3.068
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Soft Bodies
3
 
0.052
3.052
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9
Cappa
3
 
0.022
3.022
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10
Organ Stills
3
 
0.016
3.016
11
Sheep Shifter
3
 
0.013
3.013
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12
Hot Tub Club
3
 
0.003
3.003
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13
Elliot Root
3
 
0.003
3.003
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14
The By Gods
3
 
0.002
3.002
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15
Step Sisters
 
3
0.002
3.002
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Legend: J = Jurors, W = Deli Writers,
R = Deli Readers, OS = Open Submissions

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If you wonder how this chart came into existence, here is how it all went down: first, we let the local bands submit their music (for free), and got our Deli editors to pick the nominees. Then we polled a list of 15+ Nashville scene expert (our jury) and asked them to nominate 3 more bands of their choice each (3 points for the top choice, then 2 and 1). Then we polled our readers. We tried to keep things open for each single genre, from Indie Rock to Roots Music to Hip Hop.

If you are a geek interested in all the subtelties related to how this poll works, you can read its rules here (happy reading!). But if all you care about is the awesome new music Nashville produced in the year 2015, this list is all you need. Enjoy!

Many Thanks to our Jurors: Ron Brice (3rd and Lindsley), Brendan Donohue (Pureform Media), Staff, (Lockeland Springsteen Music Blog), Staff (Grimey's), Jay Gregory (Sad Spaceman Promotions), Steve Cross (Concert Photographer), Jared & Kristen Corder (East Nashville Underground), Robert Bragdon (Break on a Cloud ), Andrew Minske (Show This ), Brian Waters (DJ/Lightning 100), Tyler Walker (Queens Art Collective), Michael Eades (We Own This Town), Stephen Tragdser (Nashville Scene), Wes Davenport (Mercy Lounge), Crying Wolf, Christopher Paxton (Event director), Mistaa Gattii ( ACME Feed & Seed), Jesse Baker (Exit/In), David Oakleaf (The Building). Many other jurors were asked to send us their preferences but chose not to do so.

Hope you'll find some awesome new artists you weren't aware of!

The Deli's Staff

February 06, 2016
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