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In the current sea of guitar-heavy northeast indie rockers, Boston’s Pile has a different approach from the average post-punk thrashers -- perhaps taking a cue from the Pixies and often slowing the pace down to give their melodies some room to breathe. Don’t let that make you think they’re any less powerful, though, as they can and do unleash some head-spinning serious riffage and growling vocal fury when they feel the need to. Another hard-touring band in the Exploding In Sound Records world, they’re already a household name around these parts, and leaving a trail of happy music fans everywhere they go.
Aloud are, as they put it, "a nationally touring four piece rock n' roll band with lots of hooks, lots of harmonies, lots of guitars, and lots of heart." Begun nearly a decade ago by the dual frontpersons of Henry Beguiristain (lead vocals/guitars) and Jen de la Osa (lead vocals/guitars) in Boston, the band has grown considerably with the addition of Frank Hegyi (drums/percussion) and Charles Murphy (bass/backing vocal) for maximum rock power. Their catchy tunes and busy tour schedule come through in the way they play their hearts out with every note. They stopped by, as a trio for this session, to share some music and chat with Maia.
Spirit Kid is the Boston-based project of jangle-pop-loving songwriter Emeen Zarookian. Their latest album is out today (if you happen to be reading this on the day the session and video premiere) and was produced after a successful Pledgemusic campaign which also benefitted the Boston Children's Hospital. Check out the session for sweet melodies, hot sax, drummer talk, and a cameo from BTR cameraman and pow wow!/Quiet Loudly drummer, Sal Garro!
Potty Mouth, a punk quartet from Northampton, MA (which just seems to be spewing forth great new bands lately), is, as they proudly declare, "all-parts smart-pop craftswomen, specializing in taut, infectious, C-86 influenced indie pop meets '77 punk perfection." You really can't get more accurate than that. This isn't scrappy pop punk nor boring indie rock -- there's fuzzy guitars, tight-n-clean lead guitar, solid bass, and perfectly tasteful drums all over their songs, which tackle a variety of topics ranging from the Gap to The Truman Show to talking in your sleep. It was a pleasure to have them stop by the studio to play their songs and open up to Travis about their deepest, darkest secrets (or just to say “hi” to Mom).

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