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[Top Five] amazing bands you don’t know about

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Heard the name Ida Maria? No? Thought so. Just because a band or artist makes it big does not mean they’re music is the greatest thing in the world. In the land of marketing and luck many bands that are known are just, meh. With so many choices out there, it’s easy to overlook some great ones. If you don’t have endless time to listen to music all day (like I do)…or have a social life that doesn’t revolve around seeing bands (unlike me) than you may be missing out on what the world has to offer. So many great acts don’t achieve the success that they truly deserve. So here is a little glimpse at some musician that aren’t known to many, but are the world to me.

Violent Soho

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 These Australian rockers have been around a while and for good reason. Violent Soho are a riot in each album. The band is a rowdy mess of perfectly droning yelling, high energy that makes you want to throw down (no matter how sweet and docile you are).

Band of Skulls

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Catchy hooks and a throttle of energy, Band of Skulls are beginning to gain more recognition. Their latest release is more of a pop take on their folky rock sound. I commend them for the change, they switched up their sound without losing themselves in the process. They still get you with the hooks, like them or not, once their chores come around you’ll be singing along with them.

Ida Maria

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Ida Maria is one of the most unknown musical genius’ to walk the earth. The Norwegian rock star has two albums each variously different with EP’s freckled throughout her career. Quick, witty and always pushing the envelope by challenging stereotypes. She couldn’t make a bad song even if she tried.

Gin Wigmore

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Three albums and great success overseas, Wigmore is rarely known in Canada. *Gasp* With such shame! With a name like Gin, you can expect she’s a smoky voice, tattooed siren. Her style is constantly changing. Somewhere between rock, blues, and sometimes a little country influence just because she can. Her poorest songs, are still nothing short of amazing and with such a unique voice she’s difficult to get out of your mind.

 

Basement Revolver

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Hamilton’s newest baby band that is popping up EVERYWHERE, Basement Revolver, is by far the band to watch. With the release of their first EP in July and their epic song Johnny you’ll quickly become obsessed with everything they get their hands on.

You Need to Hear: Ida Maria “I’m Gonna Tell God All of my Troubles”

 

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If there is one artist you need to start listening to,if you haven’t already it’s Ida Maria. The Norwegian songstress first caught my attention way back in 2009 when she was singing about getting naked with her breakout single I Like You so Much Better When You’re Naked. 

In the years since her first album, Fortress Around My Heart, she challenges her sound and layers new tones and genres together to create sounds so new to her that she is almost a new artist with each release. 

The punk princess in her first album was fondly remembered as the badass provocative sound of Katla (2011), took over. The 9 track album was a strong followup to the perfect first record. The sound was different enough to engage fans rather than push them away with the change, yet, there was something so familiar about the album. After one listen you knew it through and through, yet, each time you discovered something a little different about it. The new side was a quick change before the next biggest move for the musician.

After Katla, a long break revealed a completely different artist when Maria emerged. Bluesy and surrounded by a darkness only she could pull off, Accidental Happiness (2014), gave a new look into the new darker direction her music was headed.

In 2015 a unadvertised EP Love Conquers All, was released. A blend of rock, blues and some experimental rock, the EP was one of the weakest releases, though it’s unfair to say that it wasn’t good. Again, it seemed that rather than gaining popularity, the EP was a little something to tide over fans until the new album.

Recently, Maria released two new singles again, sticking with the theme of changing her sound.  The new tracks feature something far from the ordinary. There is a gospel undertone in the tracks, layered in a way that you almost don’t notice it.

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Check out her new single here.