Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
Amidst a country full of culture-rich cities like Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and the like, a major musical hub is sometimes overlooked: Washington DC. The DC area has bred some of the best rock and punk groups this side of the past thirty years. One of the newest additions to that scene is Fellowcraft, a new band that has picked up tremendous momentum in the past eight months. They recently dropped two singles, ‘Learning to Love Again’ and ‘Long Gone.’ Let’s check them out.
The beauty of Fellowcraft’s music is its simplicity. It’s a garage rocking, pure, heavy hitting rock style without any nonsense. As they describe themselves, they are “part blues, part noise rock, part metal and one hundred percent loud.” That’s an apt description of the band that pretty much sums up their sound.
‘Learning to Love Again’ and ‘Long Gone’ are both exceptional tracks. They embody a bit of an alternative rock style that’s certainly not foreign to the DC scene. The lead vocalist is reminiscent of Black Francis of the Pixies. The musical ability of the band is strong as well; they’re making music that’s sharply produced, well-written, and well-performed. There’s even a hint of a Foo Fighters influence. (Or Dave Grohl, anyway.)
‘Long Gone’ has a very different taste to it than ‘Learning to Love Again.’ The latter track is an awesome rock track with amazing vocals and choruses. The former is a five-minute epic that descends into rocking madness with eclectic guitar solos and suave vocals. The funky distorted solos throughout the track are particularly memorable, sounding a bit like something out of a Crazy Horse album. ‘Long Gone’ may be the stronger of the two, but they’re both equally wonderful tracks.
Fellowcraft shows a lot of potential. These guys are onto something, and I bet they’re a whole lot of fun to see live as well. If that’s something you’re also down with, and if you’re in that area, check out their seven upcoming gigs in the next three months. Below are links to all their networking: