I first discovered Vinyl Theater
back in 2014 when their debut album Electrogram
was released, and included one of my favorite songs, "Gold." It took me a few listens to really catch on to their sound, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it. The three piece group is more pop than rock, but also heavily punk. It sounds a little odd in writing, but believe me when I say that they know how to make it work. Lyrically, Vinyl Theater is the kind of band to come up with lines that make you wish you had come up with them yourself, and I've found that they made for great Instagram captions: "I can feel it in my bones / So much left unknown / We continue to grow old / At least I have found my gold" really came through when it was time to post graduation pictures.
Key tracks to check out:
"Gold", "Fade Away", "Pillow Talk".
6. The Griswolds
Not only is the name of their band super sick, the guys in The Griswolds
are so incredibly talented. Their debut album Be Impressive
(2015) was a bold move for their first huge release, and it worked out pretty well for them. The album featured lead single "Beware the Dog," which now has over 19 million Spotify streams, as well as banger "If You Wanna Stay." After some touring and studio time, The Griswolds returned with their follow up album High Times for Low Lives.
You know when you don't think something can get any better than it already is? Well, that was one of those situations and the Australian band proved everyone wrong. The album showed immense lyrical improvement as well as vocal and instrumental. Everything was better and wonderful and man, this is a great
Key tracks to check out:
"I Want It All", "Live this Nightmare", "Rufio".
7. Passion Pit
The most veteran act on this list is obviously Passion Pit
, the electro indie project of Michael Angelakos. Passion Pit came to be roughly 10 years ago, with its debut album premiering in 2009 titled Manners.
At this point, I'm not sure how popular they were because if you had mentioned them to me at that time, 9 year old me would have thought you were talking about the center of a passionfruit. I, like a lot of people, first heard of Angelakos and his project when "Take a Walk" went viral in the summer of 2012. From there I looked into the respective album, Gossamer,
which also featured "Carried Away," yet another hit. At the time, I had never heard anything that sounded even remotely close to Angelakos' music–and I was so intrigued. Two years since his last release, Kindred
, Angelakos has set a date for the official streaming release of his new album/project Tremendous Sea of Love–
Friday, July 28th.
Key tracks to check out: "Whole Life Story", "Sleepyhead", "Hideaway".