Musical artists from Philadelphia
They've been aptly compared to The Replacements AND Goo Goo Dolls. If you care at all about guitar rock music, chances are you openly love one of those bands, and you secretly love them both. Either way, you're in good hands with Beach Slang, whose latest EP, 'Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, ' came out last year on Tiny Engines and contained four tough tunes about gripping loosely to whatever's around even when it all burns down and maybe you lit the match. They played a and worked with Swearin' members (see below), released an album last year titled 'Torch Song' that featured guest appearances by members of Waxahatchee and Swearin' and was recorded by Kyle Gilbride (of Swearin'), who recorded the last albums by Swearin' and Waxahatchee. It's a small world, and Philadlephia is a small town inside that small world, and Radiator Hospital makes quirky, gritty rock songs about having dreams and nightmares way too big for this small world.
WATCH: Radiator Hospital - "Bedtime Story"
Restorations released a monster of a rock album last year on SideOneDummy with a very modest name: 'LP3.' Guess what? It was the band's third album. It was also the band's best album yet. Meaty and mighty. Battling guitar melodies and stadium crumbling drums. Howling and raucous lyrics about the beginning and the end of the world and everything in between. See them on the road beginning in March, when they start roaming with PUP and The Get Up Kids. First prediction: their next album will be titled 'LP4.' Second prediction: this is your new favorite band.
WATCH: Restorations - "Separate Songs"
We saw Swearin''s Allison Crutchfield onstage at Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Portland last week when she played with her sister's band, Waxahatchee. Swearin' is her band. They've been around for a few years, signed with Wichita Recordings in 2013 and re-released their self-titled album to much praise. Allison and her Swearin' bandmates are busy with a bunch of other projects — Waxahatchee, Radiator Hospital, et al — but these are very prolific human beings so by the time you finish watching the video below, Swearin' will probably have released a new album or two.