Although each year over 1 500 new bands are featured it is a fraction of the 300 plus bands a day who make an introduction and I would like to thank all musicians for doing what they do, whether in the New Year Ninety, ever featured or not – your creativity is appreciated – The New Year Ninety from 30 to 21…
The Maysides, an indie band from Hamilton in Canada is the trio of Matt Harris (Lead Vocals / Guitar), Kellen Bolger (Bass / Backing Vocals) and Michael Lamb (Drums / Backing Vocals).
With an easy hand on the tiller The Maysides provide music which has bite and poise. Somewhat derivative of West Coast USA indie-pop there is however more of a frisson of emotional context as a smattering of garage derived guitar scours away the burnish to great effect.
The percussion lays down precise and sharp solidity to the tracks, whilst vocal spins along the material with a softer lens. The Maysides provide a sound which manages to cleave a path between radio presentation and a harder hitting resonance delivering easily manageable slices of music that holds the audiences attention. The compositions are well written, enabling the songs to flow a natural stream, whilst never running like sterilised, anodised time-fillers.
A recent six track EP – Evicted – has been used by the band to showcase their diversity of out-put and is a good starting place to get to know The Maysides.
InCircles is Jewlee (Guitar / Vocals), Eric Ponto (Bass / Backing Vocals) and Oscar Silva (Drums) an indie rock band from New York in the USA.
Taking influences from the faster edges of rock and roll along with some more calming blues InCircles introduce an invigorating sound to the room. Using lead guitar as a rhythm section for sections of the tracks the trio is able to give the music considerable depth, whilst maintaining an up-tempo forward trajectory which is driven by an urgent and busy percussion whilst bass lays out the framework for the compositions. A vocal rides like a plough through the tracks turning up the stones and churning the sounds which gives InCircles the roughed edges that to me brings the music to life.
When they slow the whole thing down, they are able to carry it off with confidence, but it is when they keep the sounds teetering on the brink that they are strongest as they let the music cascade off the walls.
Having been round for a few years now the the trio developed a confidence in each other that lets them easily switch between phrases mid bar without missing a beat and I hope InCircles are able to continue with their untrammelled musical output.