The month of May will be slowing down a bit when it comes to local albums, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t good shit coming out. We’ll start with the online releases and the first band up is Tavaputs
. It's a badass three piece band out of SLC playing what could best be described as laid-back alt-rock. They released a full-length of sorts in December 2014 called Their Secret Names
, but that was only a prelude to this album, a seven-track album called Unresting Event
, which sounds even better than the last. You can download it for $7 on Bandcamp
or pay them $15 to snag a physical copy.
Sticking with rock, we’ll move more into indie with the band Suburban Birds
. This is a four-piece group out of SLC comprised of Zach Adams, Ian Kilpatrick, Cameron Cox and Chaden
Hales. The group have been together roughly a year and have only played a handful of shows, but the sound they can create is very impressive for being together a short time. Their debut self-titled EP was recorded over the winter with Tom Breed and mastered by Andrew Goldring, which explains the slightly ethereal and echoey tone to the album. A very cool debut for the band, which you can download for $3 on Bandcamp
Switching to hip hop, we have the latest album from Icy Blu
. An Atlanta transplant and former member of Saint City, the performer went solo and started releasing his own music, including two albums in June and October of 2013 called Prepared
(respectfully). Portraits Of Imagination
is his third album and has a rougher edge to it than previous efforts, much more down-to-earth feeling than before. It includes collaborations with local emcees and singers like Atheist, Clawson, Gryzzlee Beats, Sequence and Ms. Shii to give it more of a local feeling. You can download it right now for whatever you’d like to pay on Bandcamp
Sticking with hip hop, the last of the online releases comes from Hecka
. We’ve talked about the dual personality that his Hecka and Grimblee, depending on the mood Gilbert Splett is in, he’ll either create dubstep under the later name or hip hop beats under the former. He’s got a brand new album out called Stay Hidden
, in which the proceeds are going to help him get a new computer, most likely to keep making awesome music. You can download it for $5 on Bandcamp
Moving into release shows, we have two this weekend on Saturday night. The first in SLC comes from the band Strong Words
. This is Cathy Foy’s band, many of you might know her best as the multi-talented drummer from several bands, she went solo for a brief moment a few years ago before forming this band. The current lineup features Jamie Richards, Dyana Durfee, and Brian Lord helping make a lo-fi indie rock group. The band released their first full-length, Come Clean
, back in April 2014 and received many positive reviews and some airplay on KRCL. The band is back with their sophomore album: There Is A River, There Is A Choice
; which you can pick up at their release show at Urban Lounge tomorrow night. High Counsel, The 213s, and Soft Limbs will be opening the show, tickets are $5 and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Meanwhile down in Provo we’ll see the latest release from Mortigi Tempo
. This is a rock band based in Provo with members Chris Fallo, Marz Leizureman, Jason Clift and Nicholas Allen. They have a little bit of psyche, little bit of brit pop and a lot of surf rock all mixed into their music, which helps set them apart from all the other Utah County bands copying any of those genres. They band released a fantastic album back in the summer of 2013 called Bob Your Head Suzie
, which was sadly overlooked by a lot of people outside the Provo bubble. Their latest effort is an EP called Dead Water
where the band has picked up the pace and made their sound more gritty. You can pick up a copy tomorrow at Velour at their album release show with Temples, Lemon & Le Mule and Arvos opening the show. Tickets are just $7 at the door and the doors open at 8 p.m.
Love music, head out, buy local!