These three groups could be the next Nirvana.
It’s been a long time since Nirvana shot to fame on the heels of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and their album It does not matter brought alternative and grunge to the forefront of the rock world. But since? There really hasn’t been a big rock band that screams superstar. Here are three new bands making noise on the rock scene with their latest albums. One of them just might be the next big thing. (I’m a fan of Plague Vendor, personally.)
Like noise attacks? This is your group. Plague Vendor rock and groove, but with a punk rock vibe. Their new album, blood sweat (2016), is equal parts fury and finesse, combining 80s New Wave and a 90s rock sensibility – a cross between Depeche Mode and AC/DC. Check out “Jezebel” and “Ox Blood,” which sound like Strokes, ooze Jack White and, dare I say, Iggy Pop. The Whittier, Calif.-based band, which formed in 2009, performed throughout Southern California honing their sound and stage presence before releasing their debut album, Free to eat, in 2014. The four-man band dubbed their aggressive, heart-pounding, danceable music “voodoo punk”—outlaw recklessness epitomized by singer Brandon Blaine’s unearthly howl. Plague Vendor is touring the United States in September and October.
This rock band from Sheffield, South Yorkshire have evolved from their early deathcore roots, adopting a more traditional but still eclectic style on their fourth album. Eternal (2013) brings a unique brand of heaviness, but with almost a touch of pop opera. “Can You Feel My Heart,” the album’s lead single, is a scream of humanity – a starry metalcore melody of extreme highs and lows emphasizing keyboards and reflecting a recent line-up. up (guitarist Jona Weinhofen left and keyboardist Jordan Fish joined). Vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia and drummer Matt Nicholls formed the band in 2004 when they were 15 to 17 years old. Their music is explosive, an overwhelming moan, but soft and melodic at the same time. The name of the group comes from a Pirates of the Caribbean film in which Jack Sparrow says, “Now bring me the horizon.”
The sound of A Day to Remember runs the gamut from raunchy punk to pop-punk to metalcore, layering the best of each over a rock ‘n’ roll foundation. Formed in 2004, the five-man band from Ocala, Florida wrote the music for bad vibes (2016) in a cabin at Horsetooth Reservoir, near Fort Collins, Colorado. It was the first time they had come together as a group to write songs since their second effort, For those with heart (2007). A Day to Remember is punk rock, but much more. The frenetic guitar of the first single, “Bad Vibrations”, sets a frantic pace, and singer Jeremy McKinnon sees the band returning to their roots. They’re currently on tour until October 19 — find them at festivals and clubs across the US and Canada.