2018 BANDS


As the lead singer and songwriter of Pela, and then Augustines, William McCarthy has written some of the most compelling indie rock of the past few years. Augustines’ album Rise Ye Sunken Ships (2011), arguably the band’s best known record in the U.S., is a collection of twilit, soulfully charged songs that thread together like chapters in a novel. The songs’ themes wrestle with McCarthy trying to keep his brother afloat amid the reckless waters of psychosis. That record was followed up with the beautifully crafted anthemnic and emotional landscapes of their self-titled release (2014). The band's last record, 2016’s This is Your Life, is a bombastic, big, emotionally naked, and relentlessly melodic roof-raiser. Throughout their career Augustines found themselves embraced by critics, by bands such as Frightened Rabbit and the Boxer Rebellion, and by European fans, who turned the trio into minor celebrities. By everyone, it seems, except radio programmers and the American masses, who remained somewhat indifferent. Four months after the release of This is Your Life, due to the financial strain of keeping the band afloat, Augustines disbanded.


Shelter (2017) marks the first solo work for McCarthy. The record, a collection of stripped down covers, with a few original compositions peppered throughout, is a kind of tribute to troubadours, and embraces McCarthy’s quieter, more introspective side. Artists as disparate as Bob Dylan, Against Me!, Sade, and Dan Bern, fill out the collection, a record in tone and texture that is a dramatic departure from the Augustines sound. McCarthy pares back production, eliminating roaring guitars, minimizing soaring vocals, and quiets the quaking drums yet manages to retain his passion and gusto as an interpreter of classic tracks like Dylan’s Moonshiner and Two Coffins by Against Me!


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Hailing from South Florida, Kids strives to deliver a dynamic musical experience. Founded on brotherhood; these four individuals unite their creative minds to bring you on a melodic adventure with hopes of finding adolesence into undiscovered worlds.


Kids (similar to Young the Giant, American Authors, Mumford & Sons) is an eclectic six piece American Indie-rock band formed in 2012 by Josiah Sampson (guitar), Joshua Diaz (lead vocals, bass), Matthew Barrios (drums) and Christian Gonzalez (guitar). Kids is not just an indie-rock band, they're an all-inclusive musical experience.


Rich Coast is Kids’ first full length album, artfully created while the band was camping and hiking the Appalachian Trail. The records' melodies were written while watching classic Spaghetti Western films and Kung-Fu movies on silent, giving the album its otherworldly picturesque feel. Rich Coast was produced in Orlando, FL at Emissary Studios, mixed at James Joseph Audio in Memphis, and mastered at Euphonic Masters in Nashville, TN. The band finds their signature voice in this record; by adding a vintage cinematic edge to their popular indie style songwriting. Kids' highly anticipated debut album Rich Coast which was released on January 27, 2015.






Florida’s HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL have a natural instinct for combining folk, pop, rock and classic country influences to create a sound all their own. “Their music has a great energy to it with infectious, sing-along choruses and refrains” remarked NPR’s Robin Hilton. American Songwriter called HGWT’s music “organic, infectious Americana Pop. Their music has a refreshing immediacy to it.”


HGWT’s music has been featured in a national Chevy TV commercial, as well as the PBS series Roadtrip Nation, CBS’s The Good Wife, and Travel Channel's Expedition Unknown. Their live performances have been described as rousing, rollicking, energetic and dynamic. Accompanied by the sweeping lap steel of guitarist Scott Anderson, singer-songwriter Matt Burke enthusiastically leads brother Danny Burke (bass) and JP Beaubien (drums) through a collection of songs that run the gamut from foot-stomping front-porch spirituals and evocative Texas swing to strum-punk rave-ups, hill-country historicals and more.


HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL’s highly anticipated, fifth studio album Science from an Easy Chair was recently released on THIS IS AMERICAN MUSIC. This full-length concept album is based entirely on British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 1914-16 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Produced by Shawn Kyle and recorded in Tampa, Science… delivers its own interpretation of this amazing story of survival and endurance. Along with HGWT’s own distinctive instrumentation, the musical framework of the album is rife with luscious string arrangements, crooning horn sections, and rich percussion. The release commemorates the 100th anniversary of the epic journey.





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