2017 ART HOP SHOWCASE:
A self-proclaimed "loud, heavy, spirited group of folks that are a little tired of rock and roll," Boston rockers, Kal Marks, write songs that are heavy in sound and subject matter. Lead by Carl Shane on guitar and vocals and accompanied by Michael Geacone on bass and Alex Audette on drums, the trio makes music that is candid in delivery and brash in execution.
On the band's newest album, "Life is Alright, Everybody Dies," out February 19th via Exploding in Sound and Midnight Werewolf Records, Kal Marks explores the more ominous side of life, examining themes such as unfairness, cruelty, pain, and abuse of power through audaciously honest lyrics which are delivered by Shane's trademark vocals, a potent combination of apprehensiveness and defiance. Despite the weighty subject matter that Kal Marks' songs deal with, there is an underlying message, found somewhere between the layers of palpitating guitar riffs and thundering bass lines, that encourages listeners to make the most of their time here, in spite of all of the chaos they may encounter along the way.
Kal Marks makes music that expresses a generation's frustration with its present, in which forthright lyrics and bustling melodies combine to form a resounding call to action for a not-so-messed-up future.
Bat House is a Boston-based cosmic quartet who is shapeshifting and trailblazing their own brand of genre-bending psych rock. The band fearlessly pushes the envelope in their eccentric recordings and all encompassing live shows. Beginning at a young age, Alexandra Juleen (Las Vegas), Emmet Hayes (Los Angeles), Nicole Pompei (Pittsburgh), & Shane Blank (St. Pete, FL) each made music in their respective cities. the four crossed paths at Berklee College of Music, and together became fully immersed in the gritty and colorful world of Boston’s music scene.
The four moved into a house together, thus embarking on their musical journey into basement recording and underground shows. Throughout the band’s 2 years in their house turned venue turned recording studio turned music oasis, Bat House wrote, recorded, and produced their lo- cally acclaimed debut self-titled record. the Four displaced basement dwellers’ hunger for big sounds brought Bat House to the surface.
On nights not spent recording, the house held shows featuring local and touring independent bands for crowds of sweaty, music loving college students. The friendships formed at these shows allowed Bat House to tour throughout North America, hit events like SXSW along the way, and come home to rowdy & electric sold out shows.
Since releasing ‘bat house,’ the band has moved into a new musical dungeon displaced in Boston dedicated to curating and cultivating their sound. It is here they shape new music until they hit the road this fall touring with new and ever evolving live performance.
Clever Girls is a band formed in and based out of Burlington, Vermont. Robert Slater’s deft ability to interpret rhythm alongside bassist, Tobias Sullivan are invaluable, while Diane Jean’s soulful voice and raw, personal songwriting abilities combined with Holt’s effortless guitar work have created a recipe for what Redline Roots have called a “delicate balance” between soft and vulnerable, or a rock and roll raucous. On March 7th, 2017, they released their debut EP which you can stream exclusively on Bandcamp. The record has been described as heartbreaking; a "grungy collection of attitude and emotion that hits hard…but hits so damn good."
Night Nurses are a trio who don't get much sleep. They were born out of 4am recording sessions and bubbled up from basements in Boston- creating a sound that quite suddenly changes from wide-eyed and still indie-rock to searing psych post-punk. Bassist Chaimes Parker and drummer Mike Murdock provide a tight backbeat while singer Lee Prestons' croon either soars above his clanging guitar or weaves its way down among thick swirling delays and feedback. Night Nurses released their debut EP 'SHY' in January 2017 and have continued to win over sweaty crowds with their spirited and cutting live shows, at which they prove to be anything but 'shy'.