A lot of people know “Wires” by this band but they are much more than just an English indie rock band. Formed in 2000 and are from Deptford, London, this band can tug at your heartstrings like the best of bands. Comprised of Joel Pott, Carey Willetts, Stephen Roberts and Tim Wanstall. Their debut album was a hit in England and was up for the Mercury Prize. Their follow up album Tourist, solidified themselves as an underrated talent. It was the song “Wires” that put them on the map. “Wires” was used as the main theme song to a short lived TV series called Diagnosis X. Since then they have released two more albums, the last one coming out in 2009. Currently the members of Athlete have gone on their separate ways with doing gigs in the UK here and there. Listen to “Street Map” and “Wires”
Brand New is just one of those bands that brings back to those early 2000 era nostalgia. Known for their tracks “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades” and “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows”, this band from Long Island, New York came in during a time where there were numerous bands coming from New York. Formed in 2000 and consisting of Jesse Lacey, Vincent Accardi, Garrett Tierney, Brian Lane. Derrick Sherman was also in the band from 2005 until 2013. Influenced by the likes of Weezer, The Cars, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Modest Mouse, The Smiths and Morrissey, among others, Brand New just remains as amazing as ever. Their first album laid the groundwork and started the momentum for the band. It was Deja Entendu that broke records for the band and was certified gold in the United States. Brand New left Triple Crown Records and went to Interscope Records recording their next album The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, which was a huge success. They released another album in 2009 titled, Daisy, since then Brand New has been quiet. It was not until April 2015 that Brand New finally released a new single called “Mene”, however on October 11th 2015, Jesse Lacey gave a speech to the crowd and told them “this isn’t going to last much longer”. The band released Leaked Demos 2006 right before Christmas 2015, and announced they were playing a handful of shows in Canada. If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket to one of these shows, you know you are in for a good show. This band is hugely underrated not only due to their lyrics, but their live performances are the stuff people rave about. Listen to “Degausser” and “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades”
Silverstein is a Canadian post-hardcore band from Burlington, Ontario. They got their start back in 2000 and their name states, they are named after the famous children’s author Shel Silverstein. Comprising of Josh Bradford, Paul Koehler, Shane Told, Billy Hamilton and Paul Marc Rousseau (who replaced Neil Boshart). It was not until their second record, Discovering The Waterfront, that shown light upon them and propelled them forward. They have been a staple of the Canadian music scene and deserve a bit of the limelight. The band’s influences include bands like Dead Kennedys, Green Day, The Descendents, NOFX and Gorilla Biscuits, among many others. Just last year they released their latest album, I am Alive in Everything I Touch, and recently went on tour to celebrate a decade since the release of Discovering the Waterfront. Take a listen to that album and also “A Shipwreck in the Sand”
Bedouin Soundclash are a Canadian band that are based out of Toronto. Their sound can be described as a mash up between ska, rock and reggae. They formed back in 2001 and the current line-up consists of Jay Malinowski, Eon Sinclair and Sekou Lumumba (on drums). The band met while they were at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. It was their second album, Sounding a Mosaic, which pushed them into mainstream play across the country. Their follow-up album, Street Gospels was a huge success and included vocals from Wade McNeil who is apart of Alexisonfire on the song “St. Andrews”. Their former drummer Pat Pengelly left the band to pursue law school at Queen’s and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2013. Pat currently works at McCarthy Tetrault Law Firm as an associate and at Rudner MacDonald LLP as an associate. The original line up of the band most recently played in 2014 at the Horseshoe Tavern for a cystic fibrosis fundraiser for their friend and agent. Here’s hoping they still stick around and make music because they are definitely underrated. Listen to “12:59 Lullaby” and “St. Andrews”.
Funeral for a Friend
Funeral For A Friend are a Welsh post-hardcore band from Bridgend. Formed in 2001 and ending their run this year (2016), this band last line up consisted of Matthew Davies-Kreye, Kris Coombs-Roberts, Gavin Burrough, Richard Boucher, and Casey McHale. They have released seven studio albums and have influenced many bands, including Bring Me The Horizon, as Oli Sykes states that this is one of his favourite bands. With songs like “Juneau” and “Roses for the Dead” this band will be sorely missed. Their final and last album just came out last year. Here’s hoping that more bands continue on their legacy, just as amazing as this band was. Just give their albums Hours and Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation a listen and you’ll know why they are on this list. Recommended Listening: “Roses for the Dead”
Protest the Hero
Protest the Hero are a Canadian progressive metal band from Whitby, Ontario. Started back in 2001, Protest the Hero have been doing it themselves for quite some time. They crowd-funded their fourth album and their fifth EP would take form of a subscription service using Bandcamp and then released later on this year. They have won numerous awards for their albums and also their songs have appeared on many different video games. Currently consisting of Rody Walker, Luke Hoskin, Tim Millar, Mike Ieradi and Cam Mclellan, this band has no interest of slowing down. Look out for them in the near future and they deserve to be known just with the best of them. Check out their album Volition, you won’t know what hit you. Recommended Listening: “Spoils”
Wintersleep is a magical band from out east that really know how to make you feel as though you are not alone. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia and formed back in 2001, this band is underrated. Have you heard their album “Welcome to the Night Sky? Consisting of Loel Campbell, Paul Murphy, Tim D’eon, Mike Bigelow and Jon Samuel, this band is what magic feels like. Locals do not only know this indie band, but Wintersleep were also selected one of the opening acts by Paul McCartney for his concert in Halifax. They have appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and “Weighty Ghost” has been one of their biggest hit singles to date. This year Wintersleep have released a new album called, The Great Attachment, on March 4, 2016, and their lead single was just released just a few months prior in January. This band is magical in every sense, making your fingers tingle and goosebumps up your arm. Listen to “Weight Ghost” and “Amerika”
Another band that gets lumped in with Interpol are The Editors. Formed back in 2002 and hail from across the pond in Stafford, England, this band have been nominated for the coveted Mercury Prize. Consisting of Tom Smith, Russell Leetch, Ed Lay, and Justin Lockey, this band has two platinum albums under their belt. Known for their singles “Papillon” and “Munich”, this band has been in background ever since. Influenced by Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, The Chameleons and U2, and grouped into bands such as Interpol, this band deserves to be in the forefront. Their latest album came out in October 2015 and is called, In Dream. They have played festivals and sold-out shows around the world, and here’s hoping for them to make a stop here soon. Recommended Listening: “Papillon”
All Time Low
After seeing this band they deserve to be on this list. They are the definition of pop punk but with the longevity of any rock band. Hailing from Towson Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, this band got their start back in 2003. Talking their name from the lyrics in the song “Head on Collision” by New Found Glory, this band deserves everything. Consisting of Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick and Rian Dawson, All Time Low have a following like no other band. Their high level energy shows have involvement of the crowd has kept them to be crowd favourites, not only in North America but around the world. Having released six studio albums and numerous singles, this band is just as pop-punk as they come but hey don’t take my word for it. Recommended Listening: “Weightless”
Mutemath is an American alternative rock band hailing from New Orleans. They formed back in 2003 and consists of Paul Meany, Darren King, Todd Gummerman and Roy Mitchell-Cardenas. Their influence comes from the 1960’s and 1970’s music, which you can hear throughout their music. But most importantly they are known for their music videos. Their music video for “Typical” features the band performing backwards. That was awesome to say the least. Since then they have released three more studio albums, which the most recent came out last year. They put on one hell of a live show and they are definitely underrated. Recommended Listening: “Typical” and “Spotlight”
Honorable mentions: Silversun Pickups, Matchbox 20, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, Deftones, Hot Hot Heat, The Stills, Kittie, The Strokes, The Vines, The Hives, Billy Talent, Chevelle, Dinosaur Jr., Eagles of Death Metal.