Big in '08 Addendum
LA Times staffer and Buzz Bands blogger Kevin Bronson's story "Taking the L.A. indie rock scene personally" hit stands last Thursday. By means of an intimate portrayal, Bronson set forth his pick of indie rock up-and-comers for L.A.'s indie rock scene in 2008. While I completely admire that he would put his neck out there for three rather small, entirely worthy bands (The Airborne Toxic Event, Castledoor, and The Deadly Syndrome) at the forefront of our scene, I felt as though his list was somewhat homogeneous. I don't want to detract from his phenomenal choices, all of which comprise the mainstay of my current indie-related listening, but I couldn't help but think to myself who I would have picked. Well, I'm counting on the following three lesser-known artists to be heavy-hitters in 2008.
1. EverestYou know that you've got something good going when Neil Young has you in his Top 8! I saw Everest a few times this year just before they went into the studio to record their forthcoming 2008 full-length. Every performance was as vibrant as the next, leaving me with an insatiable appetite for more of front man Russell Pollard's "super-group". See, Everest consists of members with ties to a handful of reputable bands like Alaska!, Earlimart, the Watson Twins, Folk Implosion, Great Northern, and Stanford Prison Experiment. Combine that with the epic alt-rock, Tom Petty/Wilco-esque nature of their tunes and it's plain to see why they've earned such lofty labels. With Mike Terry (Earlimart, Foo Fighters, Eagles) on the knobs at New Monkey studio, it's hard not to expect Herculean things from Everest in 2008.
Everest - "Into Your Soft Heart"