This week I had the pleasure of interviewing and listening to performances by the bands Root Glen and Good Field. Root Glen and Good Field are small indie bands and the sort of groups I like to think give the indie scene its heart and soul. People too often forget that just because a band isn’t on the Top 40, doesn’t mean it isn’t turning out high quality tunes.
What really gets me excited about rising bands like these are that they’re really in it for the music, art of the sake of art, prioritizing being heard over much else. In Boston, these sorts of bands are everywhere, many local, and many coming in from out of town for shows. To not try and hear some of them is doing yourself a great disservice because when you think that your IPod is all played out and you’ll have to bide your time for the next big thing, you miss an abundance of great music right under your nose! So, if you get the time, checkout some of those smaller venues in city, and give a listen to the bands coming into town, because you’re probably going to find something you really like!
A little bit about these two bands:
Live Set Video
Root Glen is a fairly new project out of NJ and of a genre that even the band has some trouble finding the right moniker for, although at the moment they are leaning towards “groove-rock”, whatever they decide on though, the sound is as awesome as it is unique! They were nice enough to come out to my apartment for the interview and live-set and as we chatted setting up, tearing down, and of course, during the interview, I learned that they recorded a total of four EPs this year, one for each season! That kind of dedication really says something about a band and listening to the music it’s clear that they’re saying we’re all about our music. Their music and love for music is truly the primary focus for the group and the perfect expression of this is their releasing all of their music free under a Creative Common License. So check out the amazing full set they did in my living room and then go to their site and bandcamp over at http://www.rootglen.com/ and http://rootglen.bandcamp.com/ to get the full discog!
Full Live Set at Gallery 263
Good Field is a project even newer then Root Glen, as the band has been together for only about a year, listening to them though, you’d never guess that. Even more surprising for me, and my housemate Ashleigh who came along to help out, was that we were seeing the band on their first tour! We didn’t find this out until after the show, so watching the bands internal chemistry, one would have guessed they’d been playing together for ages. Good Field calls themselves pop-rock but listening to their record and hearing them live and acoustic, I think that “pop” is in many ways, far from what they are doing. Their sound is extremely listenable and peppy but there’s something to it that transcends what one might normally call pop and as they continue to make music I think that they’ll get noticed as being great and upbeat but also having something more serious backing their sound and the overall high-quality of their music. Check them out at http://www.goodfieldband.com/ and be sure to watch the AWESOME music video on their homepage!
Lastly, both of these bands self-engineered their records and I think that’s something worth taking note of. The quality of the recording and the overall sound of the record are greatly affected by the engineering process, so to have two great bands that made their music, recordings, and tours from scratch is a pretty cool sign of dedication and another reminder that good things come in small packages, in this case from Texas and New Jersey.