Love Under the Sun
Los Angeles based, Boston raised artist Love Under The Sun captures the sounds of the past and paints them on a modern canvas. The brainchild of John Michael Mukai, Love Under The Sun balances elements to . With influences ranging from Hum to Alanis Morissette, Deftones to Third Eye Blind, LUTS is loud and in-your-face but anthemic and catchy as all hell. He hits hard right before lulling you to sleep. The songs bite and sing with a calculated balance of catchy hooks, technical riffs, and mind-numbing rhythms that capture feelings of excitement, irreverence, and nostalgia.
Upon your first listen to River Gods, one thing is immediately clear: these people know their way around a hook. Shiraz Dhume, the band's bespectacled and unassuming frontman, has a way of navigating a song that manifests a deceptively listenable piece. It's easy to feel good after a River Gods song without realizing that you've heard Shiraz sing "I hope that I die before I'm old / tell the ones I love that I am terrible." But it can be hard to not feel like you want more of this self-abuse; the songs always last long enough to pique your interest but never long enough to leave them alone after just one listen. If River Gods wrote songs about anything else, they'd still be doing the job just fine. What makes the band so good, though, is that there is some real depth to what they create and pain inside to explore and relate to. But it's easy enough to ignore if you don't have it in you; the surface is glossy and the riffs are tight.
After the break up of post rock band True American, some of the members decided it was time for a fresh start. Having performed at one of the largest and most progressive festivals in the US (Day for Night) opening up for NIN, they are no strangers to the stage. However, they felt it was time to expand on their previous sound. Here enters FEVER SLEEP. After spending 2018 reworking old songs, and writing a new record, Dylan (Vocals/Guitar), Mando (Lead Guitar), Sean (Bass/Vocals), and Chris (Drums) were ready to begin performing live again under the new name. Keeping with the Post Rock style, while adding some new elements, Fever Sleep boasts a melodic; wall of sound approach to heavy/swelling guitar driven music that is accompanied by a fierce energy on stage. Combine that with a narratively driven lyricism and you have a sound that captures you, just before hitting you in the chest. So no matter what reason you find yourself at their show, you will leave feeling something…