Jesus Christ – Brand New
Brand New was one of the very first Alternative bands I’ve ever listened to. I discovered them through a flash game on Newgrounds – One Chance which featured their song Tautou during the climax. Its placement in the game was excellently done. Very moving.
Check out their official site here: http://www.fightoffyourdemons.com/
This is easily my favourite indie band this year. Although not very prominent at the moment, they have been gradually building a loyal fanbase since their inception in 2003.
Now, Now really distinguishes themselves through their slightly dark, melancholic music. Lead vocalist Cacie Dalager (centre) has a beautiful voice, with all the right inflections for the songs they play. Although not always pitch perfect, I somehow find that her offbeat notes actually enhances the overall listening experience.
Dalager’s partnership with guitarist and vocalist Jess Abbott (left) is a generous one, affording both girls opportunities to stand out individually.
Also listen out for some unexpected drum patterns every now and again from Bradley Hale (right), which he tastefully includes into the song without interrupting the flow and tempo.
Moving on, most of their lyrics are fairly unusual, but convey such universal emotions like resolve, frustration and regret. It’s music that anyone could relate to at some point in their life, and it will have a different meaning to each person.
Among some of my favourite songs from Now, Now are:
- Giants (both original and acoustic versions)
- Lucie, Too
Check out their official Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/NowNowMusic