Whoever says that music isn't as good as it used to be is probably too old (cheap shot -- sorry), too picky, or listening to way too much Katy Perry. There's a bevy of talent -- from impressive indie rockers to emerging pop artists who provide delicious ear candy -- you just have to look and listen for it. Three diverse rising bands you should be listening to performed last week at a special Japan benefit held at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City.
The Kickdrums are an indie hip pop duo from Cleveland (Matt Penttilla and Alex Fitts) who up until their first release were content being a pair of highly successful producers and remixers who worked on records for everyone from 50 Cent to John Legend. The duo, who met while working as studio engineers, are currently touring in support of their debut album Meet Your Ghost, which is out June 28.
2AM Club is also a part of the pop world. This California-based band, which features Marc Griffin on lead vocals and Tyler Cordy on the mic, dropped their debut album What Did You Think Was Going to Happen? in September, and have been building up their fanbase with each city they hit with their hybrid pop, hip hop and alt-rock sound.
Lastly, Trouble Andrew AKA Trevor Andrew is already a celebrated snowboarder whose hip-hop punk and even electro influences can be heard on his acclaimed 2007 self-titled debut and recent release Dreams of a Troubled Man. The Brooklyn beat master's climb in the music world is an interesting one -- with the encouragement of now-wife Santigold, he dabbled while bedridden following a snowboarding injury in 2004 and his career quickly took off. Watch the TA interview below along with uncut, (hopefully) insightful ones with the Kickdrums and 2AM Club.