As my article for Wolfsbane today, here's my top 5 DIY releases of the year for me and maybe for you too!
5.) Caving- "Caving" - Brandon Stasi, formerly lead vocals for Sudden Suspension, continues on with music solo under the name of "Caving" and dropped an incredible 3 song release on October 7th. With his catchy hooks with his clever guitar lines and tone in general, the self titled EP definitely leaves you wanting more whilst being MORE than satisfied with the songs the solo act has out. Favorite: "Chore"
4.) Hot Mulligan- "Opportunities" - Hot Mulligan is a name everybody needs to know in this scene hands down. This EP had songs that were so hard to pick a favorite from. Despite their funny song titles, the lyrical content of the songs hit you in some ways that just stick with you in the best way possible. As well as their production value taking a step up as well, it's one everybody just needs to witness themselves. Favorite: "Dary"
3.) Kayak Jones- "Flawed" - After their debut EP "Drugs" from 2015, Kayak Jones ups the game for themselves with adding a whole new idea of dynamics and deeper level thought with their songwriting and how they go about their process. With some crazier guitar parts and hard hitting drum work, as well as capturing Tyler Zumhof's vocals to its best potential, the sophomore EP does not need to be slept on what so ever. Favorite: "Memoirs"
2.) Everyone Leaves- "The Lonely End" - I know Everyone Leaves is mentioned more than ever in these articles but it's for good reason and their new EP backs that fact. "The Lonely End" brings the band to an even higher table and is a work they should be extremely proud of. Not only are they all fantastic people but they write songs that'll leave you speechless like the heavy hitting singles they released (as well as the whole EP). They (and all these bands/acts) have a very bright and full future ahead and the new EP only pushes them farther ahead. Favorite: "Head in a Vice"
1.) Bogues- "Mulligan" - Once again this artist is mentioned a lot but for good reason as well. AJ Gruenewald writes in my opinion some of the best songs in the scene and just in general with lines that leave you probably in tears or wanting to look deeper into the story he produces throughout his songs. It makes you want to know more about the character he creates and the events that come along. His music is for fans of Turnover and Julien Baker, but probably even better. Mulligan is nothing but fantastic start to finish, and I know we all can't wait for more Favorite: "Drunk Again"
Every band could've easily been number one and there's so many that released this year, these are just the ones I stick with.
PLEASE give all these bands a chance, they might be your favorite one day. I've had the pleasure of knowing, listening, or even playing with all of these bands and I don't take it for granted one bit.
written by joseph barnum