“Get me as far away as you can, maybe across this whole country.”
Your reputation precedes you, Early States. Prior to actually giving the band a go and listening to the group’s Powerlines EP, I had heard whispers about 19 year old frontman Zack Gray’s indie brilliance. Since forming under two years ago, the band has already built up an impressive resume. After amassing a nice little collection of alt-rock gems, inking a deal with Wind-Up Records, and jumping on board this summer’s Warped Tour – the young Norcal four-piece likely has a big few years ahead of them.
“Are you a stranger passing through here?”
I thought that last month’s mini-obsession
was two years too late. Turns out I’m right on time. The six-track Sing, Bird, Sing
EP was all I had and knew of Austin’s Rocketboys
until word of the band’s debut full length fell into my lap sometime last week. I was thrilled, certainly, to find that the new disc isn’t much different in form or style than its predecessor. 20,000 Ghosts
will hit the racks on September 29th, and comes courtesy of Paperthin Media
. Fellow Texas natives Dignan
will tour with the band throughout the month of October in support of the new album.
“Your arrows are in me.”
Belmont grad David Condos teams with other young Nashville songwriters to form new group Milktooth
. With a solo full length and sophomore EP already under his belt, Condos employs the talents of Michael Ford Jr.
(who also dabbles in solo work), Ian Leach, and Noah Denney. Although David’s bouts with his new band are decidedly more rock and roll, he doesn’t stray too far from the foundations of his solo work. The band just wrapped up a short Southeast tour in support of their self-titled EP – available at a myriad of online retailers.