Songs for Punk Rock Prom Queen: Volume One is Earyummy's first installment in our monthly compilation series. The concept behind the series is to provide a way for fans of emergent artists to preview a curated collection of the nest up and coming artists, rather than simply writing about them. We thought, let's simplify this idea and make it accessible. Songs for a Punk Rock Prom Queen is available on Spotify, Rdio, Tidal, Deezer, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and 150 other streaming and download platforms, in every single territory on this beautiful big blue marble, Planet Earth.
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Fly Moon Royalty fuses hip-hop, new wave, and old-school funk into a potent potion of infectious grooves and thoughtful lyrics. Adra Boo lays down raw, dusty groove vocals over the basketball-dribble-funk keyboards and production of Mike "Action J" Illvester. The duo records with the Seattle hip-hop label and botique management agency Sportin' Life.
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Hailing from Minneapolis, Tiny Deaths is one of the most talked about neü new wave revival bands in the United States, (neü new wave being the Earyummy name for the revival of synthpop). Combining electropop with Claire de Lune's vocals that flutter between soul and classic 4AD ethereal, Tiny Deaths sounds like an Italian primavera pasta of Grimes, Dead Can Dance and even 808s and Heartbreak Kanye West. Legendary venue First Avenue stated:"Tiny Deaths is poised to be the next breakout act from Minneapolis, a city rich in talent (having birthed the likes of Polica and Gayngs in the past few years). Sounding simultaneously almost familiar and yet like nothing else, Grant Cutler (Lookbook, Wolflords) and Claire de Lune (The Chalice) have joined forces to create a fresh take on the dark, brooding electropop movement currently dominating indie rock."
more from the First Avenue Website
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Between the epileptic, yet melodic guitar, AR-15 gunfire-from-a-rebel-faction drums, and collaged lyrics, Gulag A Go-Go are an assault on the senses (both lyrically and musically). Gulag a Go-Go have a political agenda bent with a particular fixation on global movements, in response to the Reagan-Thatcher alignment of the 1980s. Fans describe the band's sound and stage presence as a combination of The Locust, Rage Against the Machine, and Chicano punk (along the lines of a more melodic Los Crudos).
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LA Weekly calls Bloody Death Skull one of the Los Angeles bands to watch. Daiana Feuer, Donna Suppipat, Beth McSelf, and Gerard Olson make up the core members of the group. However, during a live performance, fans could see up to 10 people on stage at a time. With shows performed anywhere from strip clubs to repurposed zoo animal enclosures, there's certainly not a dull moment where Bloody Death Skull is involved. Their songs have been described by Weirdest Band in the World as 'grim subject matter is always served up with a wink.'
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Detective Agency credit bands like the Velvet Underground and Beat Happening as their influences. Here at Earyummy, we also hear The Waitresses merged in a supergroup, with a happier Sleater-Kinney. In keeping with their name, the band releases bios alluding to murky backgrounds. These range from actually trying to start a detective agency before starting the band, to being part of 70s US government funded programs to assimilate enemies through music modules. If Ulrika Larsson, Nate Kruz, Amy Jean, and Katie Martin have been creating their post-punky music using funds from the $69 billion dollar black budget, then we can finally say covert programs are taxpayer money well spent.
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As a five-piece from North London, Firefly Burning combines the folk leanings of Sufjan Stevens with the off-kilter sensibilities of Brian Wilson's more avant-garde Beach Boys outings. They marry those two styles to minimalistic chamber music. The melange creates songs that form themselves as cinematically descriptive short stories. While Bea Hankey's vocals might be compared to The Sundays or the Cranberries, she sings with greater range. She also has a sense of putting her voice into a third person protagonist role while drifting away from the tired pop cliches of airy female singers. Pioneer from Firefly Burning on this volume, is from the critically acclaimed album Skeleton Hill. Read the Review from the Times of London here.
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Cellars writes meloncholy songs which straddle the synth landscape between Prince, Missing Persons and Sky Ferreira(if Sky Ferreira were writing songs for an English lit class). Cellars' music evokes driving sequences in 80s movies. It perhaps embodies a female protagonist who has left the love of her life (who refuses to leave his job at a record store). Now rich, successful, and abandoning her activist past for money, our protagonist is driving in the lonely hours of the night, deciding how to pursue happiness. All this contemplation happens against the backdrop of blurry Los Angeles, at 4 am sign-and-streetlight illumination, in soft focus. Cellars is the music playing during that scene.
Alle Norton of Cellars talks to LA Weekly.
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Glass Oaks hail from Lynchburg, Virgina. The quartet fits in with the long history of contemporary Americana-inspired singer-songwriter indie scene. But it also harkens back to 80s Irish bands, such as Cactus World News and The Waterboys. Inspired by the way The Band made music together creating their albums in the 1960s, Glass Oaks lived in the same house, flushing out ideas into the hours while the chirping of crickets turns into birds. Screens is one of Glass Oaks more popular songs and it rounds out the first volume of Songs for a Punk Rock Prom Queen with some Steve Earle-esque, driving under the influence of heartbreak music.
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Multi-instrumentalist Arhen Buchiester gathered other nerds from the Annapolis High School band, and formed Pompeii Graffiti. This outfit celebrates informed, observant outsiderism in nearly all of their lyrics. Comparisons can easily be made to Weezer. But there is also a bit of Death Cab for Cutie and Alkaline Trio thrown into the soup.
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Mirror Coat creates beautiful, jangly guitar music. It is best compared to lying in the grass in summer, consumed by a daydream. The band migrated from Iowa City to Chicago in 2013 and has begun to gain recognition in the City of Big Shoulders' filled-to-the-brim indie scene. Mirror Coat features Nick Lovelace on vocals, Scott Myers on guitar, Scott Hanson on bass, and Alex Lovelace on drums.
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With Dahlia Tamminga at age 7 playing drums and Lucien Tamminga at age 10 playing keyboard, Pig Snout might sound like a gimmick at first. Wait until the music starts. You'll realize both of Justin Tamminga's kids can really play...and we mean REALLY play. Pig Snout creates, quite simply, great Northwest rock. Their sound sits somewhere between the 90's Seattle sound, the Kill Rock Stars pantheon (with the updated effect of the yell-chorus of so-called hipster anthems, Cults Oh My God or BYOYOLO by Terror Pigeon! for instance). Lucien and Dahlia provide the shouting harmonies. As opposed to simply being cute, songs like The Tar Trap (the contribution to this first Earyummy compilation)take advantage of the interplay between the father's adult voice and children's background vocals. The contrast works like the inner dialogue sparked in adult minds during conversations with children when they say absurd, yet profound things.
Read about Pig Snout in Seattle's Child.
Feature on Pig Snout from Tacoma WA NBC affiliate.
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It isn't often anyone gets to say they got their first job thanks to the Manic Street Preachers. But that's exactly how Fjords was able to record their first single. Fjords also counts Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale as a fan. Beyond the accolades of famous fans, Fjords creates a multilayered synth, highlife-inspired guitar. They combine this with latin polyrhythms, and haunting, poetic, somewhat oblique lyrics to evoke a hybridization of Radiohead and Jonquil. Cardiff has been a fertile place for emergent and challenging music. Fjords is among the leaders of the post Los Campesinos! wave of musicians from the Welsh city.
2013 feature from Wales Online about Fjords getting a headstart thanks to The Manic Street Preachers
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Seattle Public Radio describes Ever So Android as "a mixture of the distorted programming of Pretty Hate Machine-era Nine Inch Nails and the glitchier strands of the current EDM movement forms a tempestuous brand of electro-rock that's as dangerous as it is alluring." Drew Murray and Hope Simpson site Reggie Watts and Die Antwoord as influences, using a combination of electroscuzzy keyboards and pulsating guitar, they produce music weaving through an obstacle course of passion and rage.
Wonder and Risk interview with Ever So Android.
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Married duo Jay Tag and Kevin Dickenson are part of the growing underground of Northeast Los Angeles' queer core scene. They have a sound reminiscent of The Dead Kennedys trying to pull off a redux of Mötley Crüe's first album Too Fast for Love(Too Fast for Love rewritten with Jello Biafra lyrics). Tag and Dickenson bring California back to the days when brutal hardcore ruled, and music was about a certain abandon and expected irreverence.
The Chew Toys were picked as one of LA Weekly's Bands to Watch in 2015.
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Forest is a haunting chillstep track by UK producer NyLon, featuring emerging chanteuse Treeza. Together, the duo sound like a more soulful Telepopmusik. And that reflects the indie dance regularly featured in the mixtapes of the Earyummy app.
Quell is a part of the shoegaze revival. But their music references more contemporary bands like Atlas Sound. Like the shoegaze and 4AD bands of yore,or My Bloody Valentine, Quell likes to keep things opaque so their bio is short here.
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A singer-songwriter as well as sometimes music critic, Darren Vincent is yaya club. Hailing orginally from the highlands of Scotland(now based in Glasgow)yaya club writes songs which comparatively harbor the sincerity of Tobias Jesso Jr. with a slight alt-country leaning. We're proud to bring one of the most talked about rising acts in Glasgow to a wider audience.
Watch the exquisite video to Wandering Girl by yaya club.
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Beatrix Sky is from Olympia, Washington, and has been described as a combination of Grimes, Fever Ray, and Crystal Castles. Instead of opting for the typically ethereal synth pop floating below a female voice, the texture of her music is ominous. It's reflecting of the manner in which a pending breakup with a lover sometimes feels like the ascent to the jump-in-your seat scary part of a horror movie.
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There is something infectious about the Yetis. They recall lad bands of the 1960s, a more innocent time which, if we realy read our history, was not so innocent. The Yetis write songs in this vein where the optimism is tinged with a sense of limitation. Little Surfer Girl is a song where the male protagonist somehow knows that longing for California is a longing for a California of yesteryear. It's one which isn't realistic to a middle class guy, given the cost of living and the disappearance of the carefree lifestyle so idealized in film. At the end of the song, we realize there is a sense of a loss of the California girl. 'Surfing's not the same out in the snow' is a subtle, sad coming-to-terms moment. There is a wonderful realism in this sort of now, in the video for Little Surfer Girl. We see the band taking hits from a bong and sounding bigger than life from an attic. It's the reality of so many small bands getting their work on the internet to intimidate audiences.
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One could categorize The Deaf Scene as post-rock. However, to engage in that sort of cataloging would imply they are jazzbo types, instead of a bunch of guys who bring on the heavy. The band's name, The Deaf Scene, refers to both the heavy sound and the actual social scene of deaf people concentrated around the DC area because of Gallaudet University. They refer to the manner in which deaf people experience music through the sense of touch. And in many instances, deaf people can experience music through sight through the phenomenon of synesthesia. The band's goal is to induce an immersive experience. But also, as lead guitarist Dave Fullerton put it they are, 'being deaf to other scenes' in terms of resisting bottlenecking.The Deaf Scene is Fullerton on guitar, Eric Courtney on bass, and Rory Brennan on drums.
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Sros Lords were The first band signed to the Earyummy label, and represent a return to what is simply described as "loud". To generalize the beginning of a return to loud guitar music, seen in the ascent of Jeff the Brotherhood and FIDLAR (but with less distinctions between no wave gutiar distortion, punk, and Big Black Atomizer-era fuzz). One big thing that sets Sros Lords apart as a 'guitar' three piece: there is no guitar.
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Earyummy met the members of Nazca Psych Lab putting up posters and stickers for Sros Lords in Chicago, along Milwaukee Avenue. Although Nazca Psych Lab is brand new to the scene, we felt it was important to include them because they represent a revival in psychedelia. Fantastic Planet is a great, cinematic, instrumental piece which feels like it belongs somewhere in a Quentin Tarantino movie.
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Fly Moon Royalty, Tiny Deaths, Gulag a Go-Go, Bloody Death Skulls, Detective Agency, Mirror Coat, Pig Snout, Fijords, ever so android, The Chew Toys, NyLon feat. Treeza, Quell, Pompeii Graffitti, yaya club, Beatrix Sky, The Deaf Scene, SROS Lords, Nzca Psych Lab
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