Breaking And Entering’s Five To Watch Powered by Reverbnation – November 2019
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2019 has been a crazy year, and we’re winding things down, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t found another five acts to showcase in this month’s Five To Watch Powered by Reverbnation. As the calendar inches closer and closer to 2020, here’s another handful of artists with tremendous potential:
Three Guests (Los Angeles, CA)
For a group that formed in 2018, Los Angeles pop act Three Guests have developed a following in a short time. There’s good reason for that, as well; besides being in a major market, they have a very radio-friendly pop sound that feels poised for big things. Utilizing various social media platforms, the duo has made a name for themselves, and tracks like “Know Me” help solidify themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the realm of top-40 pop. Expect to hear more from Three Guests, and check out “Know Me” below:
The Violet Mindfield (Ontario, CA)
Another California act, however on the complete different end of the spectrum. There’s a beautiful simplicity to bands like The Violet Mindfield, who have a twangy, fuzzy, pure rock and roll sound about them. Heavily influenced by 60’s psych, the group leans in on all things retro-sounding with tracks like “Downtown (I Wanna Roll With You)”, which you can hear below. From breathy backing vocals to flat sounding drums, as well as blown out, buzzing guitars, the band simply do the psych sound right. The Violet Mindfield should hopefully see the successes of bands like The Black Keys and The White Stripes, but only time will tell.
Action/Adventure (Skokie, IL)
The heyday of pop punk has more than left its mark on a generation of musicians, especially in the Midwest. Case in point; Action/Adventure from Skokie, Illinois, who check all of the boxes for a bona fide success in the realm of pop punk. With a youthful energy and catchy, melodic hooks, the band manage to capture the feeling of your favorite high school acts within a four minute song. Singles like “Tuck Everlasting” are pure earworms, guaranteed to be drilled into your head permanently after your first listen. There’s nothing but upside to this young act, and you can check out “Tuck Everlasting” here:
Pasquale Gee (Brooklyn, NY)
A brand new singer/songwriter from NYC is putting his own spin on contemporary pop, and shows a lot of potential right out of the gate. Pasquale Gee can write catchy lyrics about scrolling through timelines and genuinely invoke some meaning into them with his delivery. There’s the duality of making a song feel personal, yet resonate with a wide audience on his single “Bring This Back”, which is something that many artists struggle with accomplishing. When you couple his sound with the right production, you have a strong combination with lots of upside. Check out “Bring This Back”:
The World Over (Los Angeles, CA)
Mainstream rock doesn’t have many acts that can pull from pop, or metal, or any other number of genres to create something memorable. Enter The World Over, an LA band with five years under their belt so far. Their diverse range of influences comes out in their music, including singles like “Find You”. From the simplistic, mellowed out verses to the higher-intensity hook, the band shows their ability to blend styles on tracks like this, crafting something unique from pieces that don’t look like they should go together on paper. As we see genres continue to blend in contemporary music, bands like The World Over have a place in the future of rock. You can hear that for yourself with “Find You” below: