Unsigned Bands Of The Month: January 2008

This month, we'll be looking at three unsigned bands, all of which have had some exceptionally vibrant live experiences in spite of their unsigned status.

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The primary objective of this column is for us to take a quick look at various bands on social networking sites with the final aim of finding some rough gems, that, with some practice, and a little bit of luck could unleash their true potential. This month, we'll be looking at three unsigned bands, all of which have had some exceptionally vibrant live experiences in spite of their unsigned status.

The One Day Speakers are a four-piece band, hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland located at http://www.myspace.com/theonedayspeakers. You might have heard of them as a result of their successful supporting role on the Proclaimers' recent British tour. With fans like the Proclaimers', their vigorous musicianship and vocalist Ashton Easter's overwhelmingly Scottish vocals, one would think The One Day Speakers have a leg up in the competitive music industry. They recently released an EP, including firm live favourites such as "Roll Out The Flags." Indie has been accused of growing stale, but The One Day Speakers are looking to dispel that rumour by providing a raw edge to a genre often lacking in what The One Day Speakers clearly hold in abundance: passion. Their small, but instantly lovable repertoire of originals has inspired numerous critics, including the "Edinburgh Evening News" to offer their encouragement and endorsement. Whether they're supporting the Proclaimers at sold out gigs, or just playing the clubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow, keep a close eye on The One Day Speakers' sophisticated take on the Mod-influenced indie in 2008.

  • UG Underground Rating: 7.5
  • Gandhi's Cookbook, a band featuring a couple of Ugers, as a matter of fact, is ready to take Dubai on with their efforts to support Carlos Santana himself later this year. Embracing a DIY punk ethic when it comes to recording their own brand of ska-punk and playing shows has often resulted in some below par production, so what does Gandhi's Cookbook have to offer? After listening to three of eight songs from the band's forthcoming EP, "In The Cesspool Of Culture," it would transpire that they have not suffered any of those production problems suffered by countless DIY bands over the years. In fact, the production is of such a standard one's first instinct is to scroll down on http://www.myspace.com/gandhiscookbook in order to discover the name of the excellent recording studio at which their EP was recorded. You can look for all your heart's desire: You will not find any names because this was all done at home, entirely DIY, with the band's earnings being used to buy their own recording equipment! With influences ranging from Dead Kennedys, to Streetlight Manifesto and Kimya Dawson, there's no limit to the intensity felt when listening to this band's work. They're becoming more and more vital to Dubai's live circuit, and further information can be found on the myspace link above, so get a move on for a skanking good time with poignant social commentaries such as "Do Buy" and "Why Is Everyone So F--king Dumb."

  • UG Underground Rating: 8
  • Scarlet Snow Prelude take their name from the opening level of Vampire Night, a seminal Playstation 2 game, and hail from the island of Cyprus. With a list of influences including Every Time I Die and Joy Division, Scarlet Snow Prelude offer a brand of emo, that, judging by the recordings will grow more refined as they progress. How long they last is always going to come into question; such is the nature of many bands in Cyprus, due to the island's status as a transitional phase of many people's lives. The band can be found on myspace and, with the release of their latest EP, "The Great Fire Of Rome," which includes some great synth-touched emo, Scarlet Snow Prelude could become that obscure emo/hardcore band that you heard about here first. With a mixture of throaty vocal screams and surreal guitar rhythms on violently in your face tracks such as "Too Close For Comfort," Scarlet Snow Prelude threaten to impress, but lack a little extra on the more melodic sections of their songs. If you like music with a front man who can growl or bark, this is a band for you to look into. T*shirts and an EP are up for sale via Pay Pal on their myspace page, which can be found here. They've enjoyed successful gigs in Greece, and now it's time to try their luck on UG.

  • UG Underground Rating: 6.5
  • Enjoy your time as you run through this short list, and subject to some moderate reception, this summary shall return in February sometime. Comment with your suggestions as to how to improve this column, or even with bands that you would like to see mentioned.

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      zerodeck
      1st post can people get their own bands in this list? and why more indie and emobands? don't we have enough of them already!?! Greetz, zerodeck
      jaccodenhertog
      paintball4life wrote: I listened to most of these bands and this is the only one that sounds like they practice together and play in unison
      thanks a lot man! really apreciate it!
      Glespaul
      Check out Cryptic www.myspace.com/crypticiscoming.com or www.crypti ciscoming.com
      leadskanker1
      I'm a ska fan, and I'm gonna throw some local ska bands around my area that deserve, I think, some recognition. A.K.S. (www.myspace.com/aksska) ...And Many More (www.myspace.com/andmanymoreska) and Do It With Malice (www.myspace.com/doitwithmalice). These bands do well in their genre and really need to be checked out. They are undiscovered ska gold. Check 'em out if you like ska, and you will be impressed!
      Doragg
      IMO, 8 minute long songs show you these guys enjoy making music, and they're work hard on their shit. Some Emo band throws together a 3 minute song and they make money because teens these days like trash. But I'd like to see them put more thought behind it, 8 minutes obviously means they wanted the song to be complete, a lot of crap bands make a song and strive to make it 3 minutes long so they can call it quits and make money asap.
      inside_ape
      we need more blues man!!too much metal and emo and screamo and all the mo's that exist. less "mos" more blues!!please
      Freedom Soul
      mangled_corpse666@hotmail.com .. if for some reason it doesn't show my e-mail or u can't find it.. Transcend!!... www.myspace.com/transcendmetal
      Freedom Soul
      You want an unsigned band....Transcend.. they're soo f****ing heavy live... check em out.. www.myspace.com/transcendmetal.. it's rough demos they have but well worth it.. and so amazing..e-mail me with questions just make sure u label the e-mail as transcend if u do.. gotta love metal.. any metal fan out there.. make sure u check this
      shadowsfallmang
      The Silence wrote: shadowsfallmang wrote: The Silence wrote: I strongly suggest this band: www.myspace.com/themiragetheory They are a metalcore/progressive band,they only have one song(Our Secular Devotion), but it's 8 minutes long, but of what i heard they are putting up an other song later this next month,and guess what it's 8 minutes long too!!!!! 8 minutes doesn't make it good... I know but not everyone this days does that
      yeah.. but that's no reason to just claim that it's amazing if it's 8 minutes long.. and not everyone these days even does that.
      Doragg
      jaccodenhertog wrote: if you're into; cowbells, having sex with dead people, blowjobs, tooting your own horn, partying, drinking beer and having a good time, please check us out at www.myspace.com/purplehelmetrock We just released our first ep independently (home recorded but by no means shitty) and through our own (unregistered) "label". let me know what you think
      First song sounded like I just put in a Clutch CD. You guys sound good though.
      The Silence
      inside_ape wrote: we need more blues man!!too much metal and emo and screamo and all the mo's that exist. less "mos" more blues!!please
      Hell yeah!!!
      paintball4life
      jaccodenhertog wrote: if you're into; cowbells, having sex with dead people, blowjobs, tooting your own horn, partying, drinking beer and having a good time, please check us out at www.myspace.com/purplehelmetrock We just released our first ep independently (home recorded but by no means shitty) and through our own (unregistered) "label". let me know what you think
      I listened to most of these bands and this is the only one that sounds like they practice together and play in unison
      jaccodenhertog
      if you're into; cowbells, having sex with dead people, blowjobs, tooting your own horn, partying, drinking beer and having a good time, please check us out at www.myspace.com/purplehelmetrock We just released our first ep independently (home recorded but by no means shitty) and through our own (unregistered) "label". let me know what you think
      Doragg
      zerodeck wrote: and why more indie and emobands? don't we have enough of them already!?! Greetz, zerodeck
      Amen, I'd like to find bands that work hard on their music, not just throw a few power chords and cry about parents and people not understanding. The thing with a lot of Metal is, it's harder to play, which means if you can play it, you actually worked hard enough to get there. But you can't force everyone to like metal, so it's only fair to include those, IMO, terrible emo bands.
      The Spoon
      The people posting www.myspace.com/eyessettokill...they're a signed band. Notice this says "Unsigned bands of the month" good article...i like the idea of this
      playmetal5150
      since everybody is pluggin there favorite up and coming bands here for this next article i'd like to throw in my friends band www.myspace.com/atdawnidiemetal they are pretty technical metalcore and are a local band in a rough scene where we live nobody is really into the whole metalcore they all want whining vocals and childish riffs. listen to the song at the end of thieves
      Zapht
      i think its great that ug is featuring these 3 bands! hopefully this will get them some regonition and help them to become a more successful band! maybe we'll hear about them on tv in a couple of years!
      giannizombie
      New bands that are NOT EMO!... and NOT the same as everyother band. Flexible Yesterdays Hi my name is Gianni (Johnny) that's my band, we play older style music, but with a little kick to it... i guess that's why we are "Flexible Yesterdays" (little flexible with Yesterdays music?...lol) anyways we would love for anybody to check out our site http://youtube.com/user/TheFlexibleYeste...
      3miceandacat
      Come check out my band...And how do we sign up for these? www.myspace.com/crossboundband Please Check it out Thanks Ian
      aliceinnirvana
      Why don't you guys write your own article and stop bitching because your favourite local band isn't in this one.
      The Silence
      Doragg wrote: IMO, 8 minute long songs show you these guys enjoy making music, and they're work hard on their shit. Some Emo band throws together a 3 minute song and they make money because teens these days like trash. But I'd like to see them put more thought behind it, 8 minutes obviously means they wanted the song to be complete, a lot of crap bands make a song and strive to make it 3 minutes long so they can call it quits and make money asap.
      Thank you!! you took the words out of my mouth!!!!
      The Silence
      shadowsfallmang wrote: The Silence wrote: shadowsfallmang wrote: The Silence wrote: I strongly suggest this band: www.myspace.com/themiragetheory They are a metalcore/progressive band,they only have one song(Our Secular Devotion), but it's 8 minutes long, but of what i heard they are putting up an other song later this next month,and guess what it's 8 minutes long too!!!!! 8 minutes doesn't make it good... I know but not everyone this days does that yeah.. but that's no reason to just claim that it's amazing if it's 8 minutes long.. and not everyone these days even does that.
      in where does it say that makes it amazing???? I rest my case.
      zerodeck
      In a matter of weeks, I'll try to get in that list myself, it's time the world got to know my style (think oldskoolrock/blues/funk/trashmetal/classic (in order of importance)). Cause I may not be the best guitarist/keyboard(ist?)/bassist/drummer or singer walking on this earth, but I shall be a prophet of the revival of good music!!!*thunder booming and lightning striking* I'm 17, and I think most music of this time is *put in a very rude word that scares UG's BadWordDetectors off*. Sometimes less is more they say, but I think popular modern musicians took that a bit serious (not to say that every living musician is a bad musician, far off). For it is now my goal in life to get good musicians in the spotlight where they belong and save the musical world! (yes I like archaic sentences). Greetz, zerodeck
      lef_11
      www.myspace.com/thehouseharkonnen and btw his choices are alot better than most of the ones you guys have been posting
      Birdy266
      I'd like to see it as different genres in different months like Jan=Indie/Pop then like Feb=Metal or something
      metalmaniac8989
      http://www.myspace.com/dbaswe Dead By April Metal/pop/rock Sweden Directly from their myspace:
      Their fusion of soaring, catching pop melodies that reaches deep within you, almost forcing you to sing combined with their healthy dose of relentless metal riffing resulting in the unique feel of both pop and metal scene in the bands mix.
      'Pop' might steer a lot of you away, but seriously, check them out. You might be as surprised as i was.
      Les_Paul_12
      For those of you who love Suthern Rock or someting different you need to check out Legend of a Gun. They are amazing. legendofagun.com or myspace.com/legendofagun
      Tenacious Z
      How's this for an unsigned band: The Giraffes. www.myspace.com/thegiraffes This band is all about unapologetic rock and roll. A vocalist who can belt it out with the best of them, a guitarist who relies on melodic lines more often then power chords, a bassist who deftly holds down the rhythm while quietly innovating harmonies, and a tight drummer with plenty of aplomb. Last year they recorded their latest album, produced by Dave Catching (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal) at the Rancho De La Luna studio, and are putting it out themselves.
      killabob
      holy cow, theres soon going to be a link on this page to every unsigned act in the world... might want to narrow it down a bit somehow? categories?
      XxXLuisanXxX
      the reason emo and punk bands are becoming more frecuent is because ppl don't want to do the hard work any more. Ppl think that if they can do powerchords and back up sing or scream, they are enough to be a band. That's where we get Fall Out Boy and Green Day.
      johnnybgoode1
      lef_11 wrote: www.myspace.com/thehouseharkonnen and btw his choices are alot better than most of the ones you guys have been posting
      i saw that comment and thought...who's this wise guy? and then try and make a witty remark about this bands music....sadly i can't as it's quite good. well played
      JD Blue Venom
      zerodeck wrote: 1st post can people get their own bands in this list? and why more indie and emobands? don't we have enough of them already!?! Greetz, zerodeck
      too ****ing right, what ever happened to the ''i dont give a ****!'' atitude of the 90's? grrr
      The Silence
      OMG i didn't even noticed what i wrote at the end.That does not make any sense at all!!!!! LOL
      SkaterD2002
      myspace.com/aftermathafm Mid-West Alternative Progressive Rock Mixture punk,metal,rock,hardrock
      Tfritz754
      Another good band to check out is a 4 piece punk band called First Gear www.myspace.com/firstgearmusic
      scottyboyyy
      iv just heard gandhi's cookbook and theyr pretty cool,this is mainly cause my preferred genre is political punk, not the steriotypical spiked hair and destroying things because that is lame. the other bands i say are quite good for there chosen genres
      Tyler[SIS]
      listen to this band and please review them! it would make my life www.myspace.com/thegooddiey0ung
      ibanezguitarkid
      ss311 wrote: One's a punk band. Don't worry, next month I'll probably include 4 bands rather than just 3, and include another genre. Keep suggestions coming.
      www.myspace.com/pliw. local band from my aera.