You never forget your first. You know, that first time hearing an opening riff to a song that’s going to rule your speakers for the foreseeable future. Or when a chorus hits and it only needs to be heard once before you can scream along to it like you’ve known it your entire life. It’s what music is all about—now Radio Uprising is here to make that experience a regular occurrence. Showcasing the greatest bands and artists that tomorrow has to offer, you might hear their tunes on idobi today, and then maybe someday in an arena.
Best The Story So Far impression: “Spaced Out”
Australian pop-punk act Offset Vision is a textbook example of how a band can evolve in just a short amount of time. While last year’s Glass Walls EP brought serious heat in the form of an easycore soundscape, their new stuff takes those same bone-crunching riffs and adds a little synth on top. It’s a nice additive without taking away from their hooks and exhilarating vocal style. The band’s way of doing something new just adds to the reasons why they’re soon to break out in a big way.
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Impossible to skip: “Sweet Tea and Southern Hostility”
It only took a single song for musicians Aaron Rice and Chase Buchanan to get back to where they belong. “Better Than Okay” marked the first track the two wrote together in over a decade, and nothing really represents who Fairview is more. The pop-punk band’s new EP by the same name is loaded with gang vocals, chugging breakdowns, and pop sensibilities that are cleverly weaved in between more chaotic moments. It’s a collection of tunes that loudly says, “We won’t be taking a break like that again.”
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Soft Velvet Lounge
True to their name, the indie strums and melodies of Soft Velvet Lounge are smooth, cool, and just easy to listen to. The pop duo met over the Internet during the pandemic, but after one listen to Life of the Party, their debut full-length, it sounds like they’ve known each other for their entire lives. Each track flows into the other effortlessly while still having its own identity; whether it’s the celestial-sounding “Homecoming” or the deceptive banger “Polaroid Girl”. So far, they’re 2022’s best-kept secret.
So Much Hope, Buried.
Most versatile: “Rose Eyes”
The piano intro from the opener of Sentiment, the new album from So Much Hope, Buried, is an early look into the unique factor of this post-hardcore quintet. Once you get deeper into the record, other elements jump out at you: a sense of urgency in the vocals, heavy lyrics, and screams you can’t get enough of. So Much Hope, Buried. would have been absolute legends in 2005 but there’s more than enough room for them to take over the genre now—like they have the potential to.