Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Band Spotlight: The Pressure Kids

There are some bands that can only really be described as "indie," and Nashville's The Pressure Kids are just indie. If you love indie, you'll love them. If you don't, I'd still tell you to give their music a listen, because it's just so good.

With a sound that's raw and real, and only getting better, you owe it to yourself to check them out right now, and to see them if they end up anywhere near you. If you're in Nashville, find them now.

Their newest single, "You Missed Your Chance" is a combination of soaring harmonies, a killer opening guitar wah-wah lick, and fun lyrics (watch the lyric video, you won't regret it!). The best thing that I can say about the song is that it works. The band works together, and you can tell they're having fun while doing it.

I'm pretty sure that, after listening to it, you're going to want to listen to it at least twice more. Every time I've heard it, I've noticed a new lick, or harmony, or a rhythm that makes me like the song even more!

These guys aren't a one-trick pony though: from the whimsy of "You Missed Your Chance," you can head toward the wistful, powerful "Catherine in Moonlight." There is real pain in this song, and you can hear it in every word. This song starts with guitar picking, goes through two powerful verses, and then, a little over two minutes in, nearly stops, right after the words "stay sober." And from there, there's a powerful minute long build to and through a bridge that is carried by dynamic wailing female vocals. The final verse is a testament to the power of deliberate understatement, and counters the previous bridge better than any crescendo could. The echoes of "stay sober" will stay with you long after the song has faded away.

And, if you want to hear a third sound from them, here's "Brand New," an alt-country track that lets their vocals shine with just a hint of the wailing guitar in the background near the end:

I'm excited to see what else they come up with! You can find them in all these places:

YouTube | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website | SoundCloud

'Til next time... keep on listening, keep on singing, and keep live music alive.

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