In no particular order, these bands have affected my Zune to a point nothing else gets played. Unless of course I’m watching a movie like “Hot Tub Time Machine,” then the only music that sees the day of light is ’80s hair music like Poison, Trixter, Firehouse and Winger.
I’ve gotten to know each band very intimately, either by reviewing their music, seeing them in concert, and/or interviewing them. Not only are they stellar musicians, they are also top notch people and very grateful for the opportunity that has been presented to them.
Here is the list of Top Five Bands You Should Probably Know:
1.Girl In A Coma – This trio of women introduced a brand of music that captures both rockabilly and punk and mashes them together. The result is one of the best albums ever – “Trio, B.C.” Recently, Girl In A Coma was featured in Robert Rodriguez’s movie, “Machete.” The band’s new album, “Adventures in Coverland,” features this song, along with great covers of Patsy Cline, Joy Division and Selena.
2.Halestorm – The Philadelphia based band features one of the strongest female voices since Joan Jett – Lzzy Hale. Her powerful presence on lead vocals, along with modern day rock chords and catchy melodies took Halestorm from an opening band to a headlining one overnight. Halestorm, like GIAC, recently released a covers album that features great throwback covers of Skid Row, Guns n’ Roses and Temple of the Dog. However, the highlight of this fun EP is the remake of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”
3.Kopek – The band’s debut album, “White Collar Lies,” was the best album in 2010. I wrote that in the review of the album and stand behind those words today. Kopek is a modern day Led Zeppelin – raw music, great lyrics and catchy melodies. The only obstacle standing in Kopek’s way is a logistical one – the band is not from the United States. Once these guys come across the pond and begin touring and seeing American audiences, don’t be surprised if Kopek’s stock rises dramatically.
4.Sons of Sylvia – The band’s unique blend of rock, pop and country first gained notice on the reality show, “The Next Great American Band.” Sons of Sylvia won the contest but it was under the name The Clark Brothers. After winning, the three brothers changed their name, recorded with Carrie Underwood and then began touring with her. Sons of Sylvia instantly captured country music fans but the band’s debut album reaches out to all genres. These guys will be huge one day.
5.Christina Perri – At a very young age, this fantastic musical talent released an EP that consists of five of the best songs ever recorded. The full length album hasn’t even been released and already Perri is all over pop radio with the song “Jar of Hearts,” which officially went Platinum. Her one of a kind scratchy voice makes her appear to be older than she is, but don’t let her age be the determination of her talent. Christina Perri is for real and we can only hope she stays in the business for a long, long time.
There you go. I’m sure there will be some debate over my choices. Leave your comments here and be sure to reTweet and repost this story on Facebook.