The past couple of years have been kinda rough for New Hampshire music. Bands are leaving town, venues are closing, and college kids won’t listen to anything that doesn’t have a bass drop in it. But 2013 just might be the year things start looking up. Believe it or not, New Hampshire has a vibrant music scene, however decentralized and rural it may be, and bands are finally starting to poke their heads out and show themselves.
Most people know Derek Archambault as the unabated vocalist of Boston dark hardcore outfit DEFEATER (or around town in New Hampshire, he's the tall dude with the snappy Twin Peaks haircut that works at the record store). But many are unaware of the softer side of his musical repetoire.
OLD GRAY hail
from central New Hampshire, and the Internet. In just over a year, the trio have
amassed an international following of rabid, Tumblr-addicted emo kids, and are known for their heart-wrenching riffs and tear-jerking lyrics,
quickly becoming the most hyped band the state of granite has seen in a long time.
Like all my great essays go, I have a preface and a
legitimate alibi to why this one is late. Two words: technical difficulties.
I’ve never felt more technologically incompetent this past weekend, surrounded by hundreds of
photographers and journalists who “knew what they were doing.” I’m going to
start at the very beginning.
What's closer, cheaper, and more Canadian than Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza combined? None other than the three-day Montreal music festival OSHEAGA! From August 3 to 5, I'll grab my passport and trek five hours north into the great nation above us and forget my American troubles for a few days. If you haven't checked out the lineup, you should -- Osheaga 2k12 is stacked.
Album art by Billy Raygun frontman Zac Mayeux
BILLY RAYGUN has been New Hampshire's pop punk heroes for years. It's pretty amazing, considering that lead singer Zac Mayeux started this band when he was 13. He's well over 18 now, so that means he's old enough that I should be the last one to ever mention his age in relation to his music career.
A while ago, I wrote a review of ICE'S first 7-inch for New Sampshire. Apparently, Ice is dead (and so is their other band Culture Void), but out of the ashes has risen FULL COLOR, New Hampshire’s newest goth-tronic band. Two weeks ago, the band released Stressed on Soundcloud and played a CD release party at Spun, Dover’s coolest record store.
Welcome to the very first New Sampshire band interview! For those of you that don't know what this column is about, here's a brief synopsis: every few months, I crawl out of my apartment in Newmarket, New Hampshire and go see a cool show or do something fun, and then I write about it. This time was great, because I didn't even have to leave my apartment.
Hey there folks! Been a while since I’ve posted a show review, but I’m done with finals so that means I’ve got six whole weeks of live music, band interviews, and album reviews to give you before I have to do homework again! To celebrate not flunking out of school, I went to see some good people play some good music a few Wednesdays ago at Fury’s Publick House.