Don’t miss out on some of the best musical talent to come out of the Dallas/Forth Worth area. These are the area’s best up-and-coming bands of 2014. See them now before they get too big and ticket prices soar.
The Capsules are comprised of Kevin Trevino and wife-and-husband team Julie and Jason Shields. They categorize their music as Shoegaze – which is a certain style of alternative music characterized by heavy drone guitars, slower tempos and floating vocals. The Capsules want their listeners to experience the waves of emotion that their music conveys.
The Chloes are a four-piece, all female band with an indie electro pop style. The group was recently selected as an official artist at the CMJ Music Marathon festival in New York City and have played at the SXSW Festival in Austin. Their upcoming record “No Filter” will be released in January of 2015
Singer and bass player Brandie Dawson, singer and guitarist Kevin Chapman, drummer Leila Wright and lead guitarist Bart Thrasher make up the post-rock group known as Funeral Shoes. When asked about the group’s unique name, Kevin Chapman said, “I think that among musicians it’s fairly common to play the game ‘that would be an awesome band name.’ Funeral Shoes came from a conversation I had with a friend who was preparing to go to a funeral. I misunderstood something he said, and asked ‘Did you just say you have to get out your funeral shoes?’ He said, ‘No’ and I quipped ‘That would be an awesome band name.’ So ultimately it was a miscommunication. The name of the first song we recorded ‘Bloodhorse’ was also miscommunication from a friend. I guess I miscommunicate quite frequently.” Chapman’s “miscommunication” has lead the group in creating its first album due out in early 2015.
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Robert Cody Maxwell and The Gentleman Vain
The Gentlemen Vain consists of Daniel Villanueva, Robert Cody Maxwell, Clemente Gomez and David Snawder. Robert Cody Maxwell is the lead singer. Maxwell said, “My backing band is ‘The Gentlemen Vain’ in reference to Dutch Vanitas artwork [still-life] and the temporal nature of earthly life, and it is a reflection of our own focus artistically on the fragile nature of our lives and our relationship to our world.” The band’s style is described as Americana or indie-folk music, with vocal harmony-centric arrangements in the style of The Avett Brothers and Jackson Browne.
Virgin Gun Club
Formed in the summer of 2013, Virgin Gun Club’s sound is primarily a combination of indie/rock/garage/pop-punk sound. Dariko M’yan (keyboards), Christi Lincoln (bass), Carlos Arredondo (guitar), Serina Lopez (vocals/guitar) and Erica Pasquale (drums) are working on a CD due out in 2015.
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