Arts and Culture Editor
This Woodbridge, Virginia indie rock outfit sound like experience band even though they are college students except for their high school drummer. Guitarist Sam Schnieder is a relentless guitarist who achieves euphoria in the listener, not by showing technical prowess, which he posses, but in the melodies he plays to accompany the rhythms of there songs. They’re last single, Knockout, is one of their best songs. It starts off dissonant and lo-fi but when it erupts in it verse, it makes the listen want to pick up his chair and throw it against the wall, but it a good way.
The Oddities are a pop punk band from Arlington, Virginia, who borrow a lot from mid 90’s punk revival bands like NOFX and Blink 182. They take their pop rock sensibilities and turn up the distortion to 10 on them. Their debut EP “Dangit Bobby” really showcases this. It doesn’t sound like a high school band, but is recorded and performed very well. It could easily be mixed into rotation with the big punk bands of today.
Another Arlington VA band that has been making waves recently is Foul Swoops. They have remain silent for the past couple months but have gain notoriety for some high profile performances and a stellar debut. On “sgc002,” they’re creative fusion of blues rock and alternative rock makes the Black Keys pre Brothers work sound like pop, but They can still make harsh, feedback-ridden music sound catchy and dance (or more appropriately mosh) worthy.
In College Park, MD, Tomato Dodgers reign supreme. If you ask anyone in a band in College Park, they all know Tomato Dodgers. Their indie interpretation of funk rock and as well as cosmic performances have given them a reputation as a stand out band in a sea of generic indie bands. They lyrics on they countless releases change range for political to satire. There lo fi production doesn’t take away any of the power of the instrumentation or the screams, moans, and yelps of their lead singer. THey are definitely worth checking out or seeing live
Hailing from Washington DC, Cartoon Weapons jazz influenced math rock are technically on a whole other level. They can free improvise like they were in a 60’s quartet. It sounds like Pink Floyd's and Hella’s distorted love child. The guitarist plays as if the guitar is an extension of himself. They only have single out for now but they are recording a studio album that based on their live performances should be stellar.