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Promote This: Nick Foster, The Persian Leaps & SEMINARS

Posted by March 23rd, 2014 No Comments »

Promote This is a long-running feature wherein we write about emerging and unsigned bands. Send submissions to @nadamucho with hash tag #PromoteThis.

Nick Foster – “Letters”

Earnest alt-country. More blues, less bluegrass. Nick Foster‘s album The Glowing Heart meanders back and forth between country, folk, and singer-songwriter piano-ey stuff. The songs tend towards the melancholy, but then pretty much all good country music does that.

Check out the video for “Letters.” It was pleasant enough the first time or two I watched it but now it’s stuck in my brain in a good way. – Andy Bookwalter

The Persian Leaps – “Sleepless”

Perhaps bands have run out of new thoughts and creative initiative, or maybe they’re all getting reacquainted with the music they loved 10, maybe 20 years ago. That’s how it sounds, anyways: songs that recall the ’90s or early 2000s, and “Sleepless” from The Persian Leaps is no exception The tone of the guitar and the timbre of the vocals remind me of all the songs you might hear on a ’90s Pandora station: Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls, The Police. I love those bands, but I don’t love copies of them. The Persian Leaps sound okay, but okay won’t get you very far. – Adrienne Pollock

SEMINARS – “Sweat Feels Like Blood”  

Seattle’s SEMINARS perform songs centered in one of my many musical wheelhouses: agressive garage rock made with vocals, guitar, bass and drums. My favorite track on the their debut EP Human Kid, “Sweat Feels like Blood,” pummels with aggressive drums and guitar fighting for attention with classic punk rock sentiment like:

I saw my doctor, she prescribed rest.  
I showed my boss the note, “Go take a drug test, You ain’t staying home.”
Guess what happens next? 

They don’t get any points for originality and the annoying “WRITE EVERYTHING IN UPPERCASE” thing they have going on their Facebook page is almost enough to discredit them completely, but they make up for it with their cassette-tape style EP cover and for referencing Fubar, one of my ten favorite movies ever (here’s proof), on their Twitter feed.

Listen to “Sweat Feels Like Blood”

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