Abi Reimold is the name and eponymous project of Abi Reimold, whose debut LP Wriggling received across the board praise. Building off of the success of 2014's Forget EP, Reimold honed her songwriting ability and chops into a amalgam of rock influences – huge riffs are countered by thoughtful phrases and lyrics that are firmly rooted an introspective tradition.
Aural Burrows began as the solo recording project of clown enthusiast and Sad Cactus co-founder Tim Brown during his stint in southern Tennessee. It takes a village to raise a circus, and Aural Burrows is no exception. After Tim moved to Poughkeepsie, the project expanded to the four-piece troupe that stands before you today, with Niccolo Porcello (jester/drums), Jackson Martel (human statue/guitar), and Pat Dunning (mime/bass) all along for the merry ride.
BIG FRED is the project of Conor McCann and Dylan Vaisey. Their first record <3Pals<3 is a phenomenal entry – loud and fast (just 9 minutes across 5 songs) it is a meaningful record that does not overstay its welcome. BIG FRED deal in the loud and cathartic music that lives like a personal journal – at once intimately relatable, while also deeply personal. <3Pals<3 is a deeply promising debut.
Brooklyn-via-Chicago's Darkturn make fantastic and strange songs that oscillate between lush harmonies and walls of guitar without being easily defined. There is a common thread of geography, be it physical or emotional, in Alex Colson's songwriting that lyrically binds Darkturn's compositions together and registers them as remarkably prescient.
Double Grave formed in late 2014 as the natural next step for three friends in Minneapolis. Theirs is a broad flavor of punk, tinged with pop and noise all while unafraid of a slow burning melody or sharp turn. Grounded in the honest and idol-free energy of basements across the country, there is a palpable determination and seriousness within the band, crafted over two relentless years of playing and recording. Their upcoming LP “New Year’s Daydream” brings it all to a head, as they explore isolation, identity, romance, truth, and friendship.
floral print is comprised of Nathan Springer and Paul DeMerritt, two bespectacled friends living in East Atlanta. Beginning in the latter half of 2014, the pair quickly developed an earnest and expressive approach to songwriting. Goldflakepaint described their debut mini-album woo as “gloriously vague, the kind of emo-rock/post-pop hybrid that rumbles away in the shadow before suddenly appearing in the forefront of everything.” They’ve since maintained a consistent presence on the East Coast and Midwest, touring in support of new material as well as old.
Quarrels were formed in late 2013, each member coming from a diverse, but heavily musical background. The quartet specializes in an unnamable combination of post-hardcore, emo, and like genres, finding their niche and exploiting it perfectly. Between the catchy lyricism of Cory Best’s lyrics, the angular pummeling of Jeff Crenshaw’s drumming, and Ryan Bernardo’s touchy guitar work, Quarrels make something akin to pop-inflicted math rock, a strange but ultimately alluring brew.
Hailing from New Jersey, punk trio Rita Fishbone “espouse a true punk ethos, attacking thorny matters with an emotional rawness that grants the music an affirmative power” (via Impose). Theirs is dark-soul, living on the fringe of punk and mathy rock, but never feeling entirely comfortable in either.
Spew was formed in the fall of 2014 as an exercise in maximalism and velocity, and was very active for a month or two. After a long period of dormancy, Only The Worst is the salvage remains of those songs -- finally arriving in the dystopic world of 2017 that it deserves to exist in.
Tundrastomper consists of four friends from Ardsely, NY who combine elements of math, funk, jazz, and punk, and rework them into unexpected combinations. Between the unpredictable tempos, far flung harmonies, and a penchant for reverb, their songs are meticulously crafted and mother approved.