Every year, we love to tout our favorite unsigned bands who should be on your radar. This year is no different. We're excited by the upcoming crop of bands who caught our radar in 2016. Without further adue, here are our best unsigned bands of 2016.
The Flux Machine:
When you first hear New York City's The Flux Machine, it's hard to not be overwhelmed by the rockers. The band's in-your-face blend of blues and alt rock teeters the edge before reeling you back in to its frentic sound.
Houston-based alt rockers Lost Element have made a name for themselves for their high energy rock shows. That is captured in the video above.
Formed in 2013, Them Guns have steadily been honing their sound in and around their hometown of Los Angeles. Their sound and intent is on full display on their lyric video for "Somebody Called The Cops." The two-and-a-half minute clip sees the band going hard and putting maximum energy into channeling the message of the intensity of the song.
Formed in 2013, Higuera was the way singer and Bible College dropout Valley Taylor dealt with a recent divorce. The band's "Pieces" has a distinct, blue collar approach to traditional, heavy alternative rock that's easy to jam to and is a song you would blast out your car window on a warm day.
Bronco Simmons may be a goofy sounding name, but don't let it fool you. Instead of being an individual, the name is the moniker of the Dallas-based garage rock outfit who you should get familiar with. The band's sound is a refreshing smattering of rock that showcases their confidence as a band.
Hailing from Poughkeepsie, NY, Luciano Ferrara is a 20 year old acoustic/solo artist who has a bite in his lyrics that go beyond his years. "Atychiphobia" is a delicate, yet raw example of how vast his talents are.
The talented trio continues to impress, and will be a band you should get ready to hear very soon.
David and the Curse:
Though he's been bouncing around the Orange County music scene for some time, David Stücken is finally launching his own solo project. The video for "She Loves the Night," a song from the upcoming David and the Curse album, bounces around the seedy Los Angeles night and captures various dicey moments, which channels the blues rock of the singer himself.
The Fem Doms:
The Fem Doms released a new EP this year. As you can hear above, with a mix of a bold rock sound along elements of indie, the band gives a bright glimpse of what's to come.
From bouncy, synth-driven reggae to steady guitars and intricate rhythms, the Houston-based band's effort is a refreshing blast of originality.
I The Victor
The solo project of Rebecca Ramos, I The Victor has a blast of authenticity and earnestness that isn't just admired, it's respected because it's done in such an uplifting fashion.