Ah, CMJ. Now that we’ve recouped from the marathon we can look back at this epic week of music. We saw over 40 shows from some of the best emerging artists around. Rounding up our favorites was no easy task but here are the Dead Bolt top six picks (in no particular order). Let’s break into it!
1. Jacco Gardner
With their unique sounds, Jacco Gardner and his band are deﬁnitely one of a kind. All the way from the Netherlands they are taking the U.S. by storm with their baroque pop sounds. We caught their midnight set at the Knitting Factory and despite the late hour this band was full of energy.
The Scottish band, Prides, performed during the Dead Bolt showcase at the Knitting Factory on the last day of CMJ – Saturday. These three guys seduced the crowd with their indie-pop tunes filled with synth sounds. Fans were dancing from beginning to end.
3. The Griswolds
All the way from Sydney, Australia, the Griswolds were the ﬁrst show we saw at the CMJ. Despite the small crowd at Pianos the five bandmates performed a powerful and memorable set.
4. The Helio Sequence
It takes two to tango, and this duo knows how to dance. The passion behind Benjamin’s percussions and Brandon’s vocals made it clear [during their performance at Webster Hall] that it doesn’t take more than two talented guys to create ingenious music.
5. Mother Feather
If anyone knows how capture the crowd’s attention, it’s Mother Feather. Strong vocals and an eccentric cast of characters all seem inspired by the likes of Karen O and Lady Gaga. As Ann Courtney lead the band she rocked white organza covered arms as a bride and her sidekick, Elizabeth dressed as her groom. We expect nothing less than a wild and crazy show from this local New York City band.
One more band from the Dead Bolt showcase was the Dublin duo Kid Karate. Everything from their performance to their stage setup was raw and intoxicating. Performing tracks off their debut EP they hooked us with their hard-core hit ‘Two Times’.