Welcome to Noise Creator’s New Noise column where we tell you about the best up and coming bands we think everyone will be talking about soon. By James Cassar Dubuque, Iowa isn’t exactly where you’d go to find the next big scene upstart, mostly because this Midwestern pit stop isn’t home to a scene at all. In the words of Kayak Jones drummer Brandon Blakeley, “it’s the kind of place you would go to raise a family rather than shred gigs.” Perhaps that’s why this project – also anchored by vocalist/guitarist Tyler Zumhof – began as a partnership destined to hit the road away from this musical dry patch. But despite what their social media timelines choose to convey, Kayak Jones is a child of divorce. Two of its founding members left before the band’s debut EP, Drugs, saw a summer 2015 digital-only release, and Blakeley and Zumhof are still in the process of rounding out the rhythm section with a steady bass player. What exists on that initial run gets its endurance from wounded statements and its second wind from a search for connectedness. Perhaps that second facet is built from Zumhof’s insistence on arrangements grounded in bridging a tonal Read more…

Welcome to Noise Creator’s New Noise column where we tell you about the best up and coming bands we think everyone will be talking about soon. By Bobby Benedict Real Eyes by First Ghost First Ghost is sharp. Anton DeLost is the powerhouse behind this project as lead singer, guitarist, and producer. Not to gloss over the other amazing members of this band, there is a solid rhythm section behind these songs that are the glue to the rest of DeLost’s interwoven melodies. From their first album, Real Eyes you can tell that DeLost pushes himself and his guys just as hard as he has any other band. The songwriting is crisp and knows what it is trying to say. “The Less You Know,” the first single from their upcoming EP Secret Talk shows off everything that I love about this band. Layered vocals, roomy and ethereal guitars, a solid backbone of drums, and a bass that knows when to walk and when to hold back. You can feel some of the spirit that these guys borrow from bands like Jimmy Eat World or American Football and at the same time hear some of the style that DeLost has helped bring Read more…

Welcome to Noise Creator’s New Noise column where we tell you about the best up and coming bands we think everyone will be talking about soon. By Scott Fugger There’s pop punk and then there’s pop punk. Chicago’s The Run Around falls squarely into the second camp as their ethos screams punk, though their sound brings in a certain amount of pop sensibility. This band knows exactly where their hearts lay. In the opening lines of “Pop Stars,” the lead single off of Reckless Ones, they make a simple assertion: “We’re not pop stars / we’re from the basement / live off a middle-American paycheck / we go hardcore when it’s called for / nights spent on the floor.” Taking a look at their influences, it becomes even more clear that The Run Around have a spot-on estimation of themselves. The band cites artists such as Rise Against, Rancid, and Pennywise, all of which are strong comparisons. The challenge comes more with deciding on a definitive genre. During their 10 years as a band, lead singer Jason Fein says, “I think the biggest change is ‘What is pop punk/punk rock?’  I know we used to fit in that bill pretty well. Read more…

Welcome to Noise Creator’s New Noise column where we tell you about the best up and coming bands we think everyone will be talking about soon. By Deanna Chapman 7 Minutes In Heaven, a pop-punk trio, has been killing it in the world of unsigned bands. “Why aren’t they signed?” you ask. Well I’m not entirely sure. Let’s rewind a bit and give you a little history on the band. Timmy Rasmussen initially started 7 Minutes In Heaven as a solo gig in 2012. A couple years later, he decided to expand and added Alex Rogers and Justin Mondzak. Now that we know how the trio came about, we can jump right into their music. Side Effects is the latest EP from the band, being released in December 2015. The band worked with Seth Henderson on the EP, who has worked with pop-punk bands like Knuckle Puck and Real Friends. The songs are easy to sing along to. In fact, it’s hard to not get these songs stuck in your head. “I need a little clarity // Can anybody out there here me?” was an instant stand out in “Ways I Shouldn’t Be,” the first track off of Side Effects. Once you Read more…

Welcome to Noise Creator’s New Noise column where we tell you about the best up and coming bands we think everyone will be talking about soon. By Bobby Benedict Launching into metalcore cliches like “bone crushing” or “brutal” would be a disservice to the core of this band. It’s almost impossible to ignore the members’ other projects, especially when they are bands as big as We Came As Romans, Assassins, and Taproot. Crucible is the union of select members of those previous bands wanting to make a beast more formidable, a chimera of metalcore, hardcore, and a touch of nu metal. Who else would a band this heavy work with other than metal heavyweight Nick Sampson on their debut EP “The Trials” which you can catch on Spotify. The guitars tone cuts sharp through the atmospheric buzz and the drums pound clearly into the heart of each song. Despite Crucible sharing 3 members with We Came As Romans and Sampson’s previous involvement in producing them, their partitions are clearly defined. Crucible is heavy, like a real crucible, separating the impurities from the metal. This strive to dissolute the melody from the message shows in the lyrics, in the instrumentation, and in Read more…

It’s hard to contextualize pop bands in the Youtube generation, with so many people uploading their own covers and remixes of the top hits of the time it’s hard to sift through and find the gems. The Weekend Riot not only know how to craft a catchy song but they work pretty hard on dissecting modern hits and reworking them into their own ideas. Right now you can catch a cover they did of Ariana Grande’s song Focus and Ed Sheeran’s song Sing that’s been mashed up into something new. The Weekend Riot are a pop duo consisting of Johnny Costa and Bruce Wiegner who share vocal duties in many of their videos. Johnny is known to play the ukulele while Bruce usually chooses the guitar, this simplicity has led to some great moments. They’ve been featured on the front page of MTV.com for their mashup of One Direction and Justin Bieber that they filmed live at iPlay American in Freehold, New Jersey. The boys had a release in early 2015, the Remember This Night EP, that was not only produced by but also co-written by Ace Enders. Enders rose to fame with his band The Early November and had Read more…

Welcome to Noise Creator’s New Noise column where we tell you about the best up and coming bands we think everyone will be talking about soon. Conquering an August EP release and basking in a triumphant victory in the Ernie Ball Battle of The Bands, Marina City are sure to become a familiar name with the Warped Tour crowd in the upcoming year. This Chicago six-piece creates a sound that’s accessible for the loyal alternative listener and impressive and unique to the critical ear. Their ability to stand out and their amazing work ethic is undoubtedly why they’ve reigned victorious above thousands of hopeful locals. Thanks to their contest win, they’ve earned a spot on the Vans Warped Tour this summer. The band’s latest release Wanderlust was produced by Casey Bates, known for his work on notable albums by Foxy Shazam, Pierce The Veil and Portugal. The Man among many others. Bates has a history in working with bands with a more dynamic nature and making sure that every intricate musical part through comes through on the album – making him a perfect match for the powerhouse that is Marina City.