21st Street holds a rich legacy of live music, and the Bunker Brewpub has been making noise of late as a venue. A show like this reveals that they're serious. Two of the better indie rock bands in the area on a single bill? Sign me up for more.
Berries is starting to show up on more and more lists as a band to be reckoned with. Mixing electronica with radio friendly indie pop flavored alt rock, the group brings a surf sensibility to their music through subtle, deft touches. I'm reminded of the Pixies' approach to song writing circa Bossanova, though they sound nothing alike. With a single out in 2018 and another just this month, this is a group that's way overdue for a full record. I'm eagerly anticipating it.
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The Lifehacks released what was probably one of the best EPs of the 2018 with "Glad." The thing sat in my inbox waiting for a review all year, much to the band's leader, Nate Sack's chagrin. This should serve that function: It's slick and solid indie pop with some thoughtful introspective lyrics. The tracks are run through Sacks' slightly nervous energy as his lyrics wistfully try to navigate a world which is becoming increasingly unfamiliar. This is the kind of record you buy in your thirties, and look back on as the period of your life when you began to grow up. There's wisdom in here.
That said, I couldn't a handle on why I like it so much, until last week when the Connells' "Fun and Games" popped up with "Hey Sal" on my shuffle. I never know how to refer to the era when bands like theirs, the Vapors, the Motels, The Gin Blossoms, and Toad the Wet Sprocket ruled my turntable. What was that music, really? Indie Southern Rock? "Glad" rings my bell in the same manner with its highly literate, clever songwriting wrapped up in friendly, amiable college rock accoutrements. And it certainly doesn't hurt that the band is tight as hell, live. If you haven't had a chance to catch them, you really should.
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Va Beach. Alt-Rock.
The Life Hacks
Norfolk. Indie Rock.