I've had one of those music-filled weeks and I'm really enjoying it - music is, well, what keeps me going, and I'm really excited about this week's (unofficial) Bunbury Festival soundcheck. Some weeks I go for bands I know a bit of, others it's bands I've not listened to before. This week, I'm going with a mix: Royal Teeth, a band I'm familiar with from the radio, and SNOWMINE, a band that's actually new to me. Both bands are going to be playing the 2pm hour the first day of the festival, albeit on different stages, and choosing between the two is going to be a hard pick - they're both really good.
Royal Teeth is a talented, upbeat band from New Orleans. Their music is moody alt-rock with an upbeat sound, strong vocals, and well-written songs. If you are an alt-radio listener, you probably have already heard their single "Wild," with upbeat drums, catchy vocals, and a chorus that I cannot stop singing. Their debut album is called "Glow," and my favorite song (so far) is "We Can Glow." Band member Nora Patterson's vocals add depth to this powerful and layered tune.
Royal Teeth's sound is a combination of the unique and familiar, with hints of eighties and nineties influences throughout. They have a sound that fits in with groups like Blondfire, Grouplove, or Fitz and the Tantrums. It's a clean sound that is energetic, and is music I can see myself listening to throughout the summer. I've only been listening to this talented band for a few days and I am already hooked!
Moving along, another band I've looked at steadily throughout the week is SNOWMINE, who is equally talented and will be a great addition to the Bunbury lineup. SNOWMINE has a sound that I can only really compare to Of Monsters and Men. Their sound seems to be influenced by many artists of the eighties, and I caught myself more than once thinking of Tears For Fears while listening to their album. SNOWMINE uses more of a synth-pop approach to their music, but that doesn't make it any less powerful, with great guitar hooks and layered music that enhances their upbeat vocals. This is music for dancing around the house to, playing at a casual dinner party, or listening to while driving down a windy, tree-lined road in the middle of summer, windows down and wind blowing through your hair.
This is a band that does have a more relaxed sound, overall, and fits in solidly with other Bunbury picks, including the headlining Flaming Lips. They're great to just relax and jam out to on a lazy July afternoon. It's music perfect for those mornings you want to sit and sip coffee and read, or days when it's hazy out and all you want to do is put your feet up and listen to birds chirp. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of this group in the future.