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I like bands few have heard of... [Jul. 15th, 2002|04:00 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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[Current Music |London - Splender - Halfway Down the Sky]

While my favorite bands and artists are very well known (Queen and Rush are almost universally recognized, Matthew Sweet less so, but definitely respected in the industry), quite a few of the groups that I really enjoy, and listen to frequently haven't gotten the airtime that they deserve, in my opinion. This entry is looking to change that, even if just a little. For those not aware of my job history, most of these bands I discovered because I interviewed them for radio, in case their albums took off, but they never did for one reason or another...

Skycycle-This band only lasted for five years, and created one EP and one LP. But, if you like progressive rock, you really should listen to these guys. Also, the story of their struggle with their old label is quite interesting. The songs from both EP and LP are available for free download at this site.

Uninvited-Great rock band from Northern CA, along the same vein as Barenaked Ladies or They Might Be Giants. A lot of humor in their music and lyrics, although they also have the power to break your heart, like in "Rose Street."

Athenaeum-I've forgotten what the name of the band means (I think it's some sort of room...), but I'll never forget their music. Unlike the previous two bands, these guys are actually on a major record label currently (Atlantic Records), but haven't been able to get their music played on radio stations for one reason or another. They have a new album coming out in September collecting songs that for one reason or another haven't been on their previous albums.

The Gabriel Mann Experience-Not to be confused with Gabriel Mann, the actor. This gifted singer/songwriter/producer is well known in the a capella world, and this is his rock band.

Splender-This band actually had a couple of minor hits with "Yeah, Whatever" and "I Think God Can Explain," but nowhere near what you would expect from a band that won their record contract in a contest declaring them the best new rock band. Their debut album was produced by Todd Rundgren. Their new album, To Whom It May Concern, comes out August 20th.

Jude-Please ignore the Bee Gees look that is on the cover of his latest album, King of Yesterday, and take a listen anyways. You'll be pleasantly surprised. Although I recommend No One Is Really Beautiful, the previous album as the one to really hook you on his very personal, storytelling approach to rock.

I think that's a good start. Go, forth, listen, enjoy!

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2002-07-15 05:08 pm (UTC)

For those who haven't heard of The Gabriel Mann Situation

It's worth noting that this is his rock band that uses instruments. He's been in a couple other rock bands (Spiralmouth springs to mind) that were also rock, but a cappella.
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[User Picture]From: euphoricone
2002-07-15 08:37 pm (UTC)
I have athenaeum's first album. and have i mentioned that i met splender in DC at a chris cornell concert and they were super nice. i think i may have told you that story.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-07-16 12:42 pm (UTC)

No, I don't think you have...

I don't remember that story. Feel free to share it...

Athenaeum has a second album out already. It's on my Amazon.com wishlist, but I haven't gotten it yet. It's never in any music stores...

And hey, I've got a birthday coming up in less than a month...(Nudge nudge, wink wink)

Kurt
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