One of the best parts about the growing and adapting scene here in Nashville is the opportunity for acts to emerge in their own unique way. Back in 2014, I remember one of our local stations playing a track from a new rock pop band called Jet Black Alley Cat. Obviously, with a band name like that and a debut single titled “Poison”, they had my attention.
Fresh of the release of their new EP, Headfirst, we talk with Sub-Radio. The DC-based pop-rock band have gained recognition since their debut in 2016, steadily touring and playing live shows, while also continually releasing tracks during the 2017 year. The six-piece band, yes six, are hitting the road hard this summer so we caught up with them.
I was walking through Hangout Fest when I saw a man with sunglasses sitting on a bench wearing an “Artist” wristband. I went up to him and asked, “Are you Bahamas?” He laughed, and replied: “No, I wish.” It turns out this man was Hunter Porter, lead guitarist for Pacific Dub. He invited me to watch their set, and I’m so happy I did.
We fell in love with FLAVIA’s new song “Hateful” there’s this dark sound to it, but it’s undeniably catchy. It tackles the important issue of bullying, she’s not afraid to shy away from a tough subject. We chatted with her about finding her sound and sticking to her guts.
It would be difficult for me to find a band I’m more emotional about than KITTEN. When I first saw them at SXSW two years ago I became addicted.I’ve never seen a lead singer like Chloe Chaidez, who seems to sing so powerfully while also contorting her body on stage and maintaining a showmanship that the most iconic rock stars would envy. It was hypnotizing.
Ghita (pronounced like “Rita) was raised all over the world. She spent time in Spain, Morocco, and Switzerland and that multi-cultural upbringing comes through in her music. Her song “Brand New” features her effortless voice over an intricate pop sound. We talk to her about her new music and what has been inspiring her lately.
To be honest, nowadays there are far things that surprise me as far as band names and spellings go. So when I came across the debut track from the Toronto-based indie-pop band named Cherry Pools, they had my attention. I’m a sucker for consistent branding, sound, and overall vibe, and Cherry Pools checked everything off on my list. I got to speak with lead singer Martin Broda, as the band are currently in Canada playing some shows fresh off their spring tour with PVRIS.
Camille Trust has so much energy and her new EP No Other Way encompasses that lust for life and brightness. We talked to her about her inspirations and some of the challenges she’s faced in her career.
Laureline has this shimmering sound that’s perfect for your pool days. Their new song is simply and boldly titled “I Love You” and the effortless vocals and catchy chorus have been stuck in my head since I first heard it. We chat with Chris and Ciera about the new song and their sparkling sound.
Dear Rouge is comprised of Drew and Danielle McTaggart who are partners in music and life. After quitting their day jobs and focusing on music full time their sound started taking off.