New York City has always spawned great bands from The Ramones to The Strokes, and we are about to encounter another wave of stellar musicians making a name for themselves in the indie scene. They say it comes in threes, so meet your new favorite acts.
Wyldlife has been taking on the NYC crowds for quite some time. Starting when they were just suburban teens, the band went through a few lineup changes before hitting just the right notes when forming the permanent band at Purchase College. Music certainly runs in the family for the Feldmans. Lead singer Dave Feldman is the little brother of Kurt Feldman from the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Don’t make any comparisons though. Wyldlife is all nitty, gritty rock and roll, with the heart of 70’s garage-punk rockers drawing influences from Iggy and the Stooges. Feldman, along with longtime bandmate, Sam Allen, create some of the catchiest tunes you will lay your ears upon. The band just released their newest effort The Nicotine EP on Merrifield Records, started by The Bravery’s Mike Hindert, which gets better with every listen. Wyldlife bring back the true rock and roll to the city. They are opening for CJ Ramone at Webster Hall in July, so you know they have the stamp of approval.
The Twees name can be deceiving as they do not have the slightest bit of twee in them. Creating music that give The Strokes a run for their money, these New York boys are becoming quite popular, selling out venues like Webster Hall and gaining a bit of attention from the major labels. They’ve been making rounds on publications like The Examiner, The Deli and Brooklyn Vegan and have played with the likes of Jack Dishel from The Moldy Peaches. With a little bit of Arctic Monkeys flair mixed in with their “can-do” rock attitude, they offer something a little more than your run of the mill indie band. This is one bandwagon you will want to jump on and dance all over, to be exact.
Last but not least is Gunfight!, a band that has been making the rounds for a couple of years, now infecting both Brooklyn and the Manhattan area with their southern and classic rock inspired tunes. Most of the band is originally from Boston but that doesn’t seem to matter these days. They’ve opened for Beach Fossils, Freelance Whales, Local Natives, Motel Motel, and Langhorne Slim to name a few. With an EP already under their belt, the quartet dropped their first full length album, Frontier Land, last year which received a great reception amongst indie fans both in and out of the big city. They also played a few successful shows at last year’s CMJ Marathon. Move over Kings of Leon, as there is a new group of royalty about to take your place.