In a recent interview, these indie rockers said they make the kind of music they would want to listen to. What kind of music is that? Music with nervous guitars and confident vocals, rhythms that make you move and melodies that make you want to sing. Their blasé vocals and sloppy fashion sense may make them seem like grunge-era slackers, but their commitment to songwriting and production is anything but lazy. Sego are the sound of young America, wary of the future but determined to make their mark and have fun while they’re doing it.
While most bands meet in the local music scene or in college, the boys of HAWAI met through the friendship of their mothers. The sunny disposition of their name is matched by their music, which grafts gorgeous pop melodies on top of synth blasts and alt rock guitar. They’ve already become hometown heroes in their native Southern California thanks to their single “Alive,” and hope to take things nationwide in 2018. Who knows, maybe one day they’ll even visit their namesake state, a place that so far none of them have ever been to.
This L.A. band started as a college project but quickly turned into a serious endeavor, packing clubs and garnering millions of streams online. While they’re serious about their music, they’re still enjoying the thrill of being a young rock band and making friends wherever they go. Their sound matches memorable guitar lines with soaring vocals and hyperactive drums. For as much as they’ve achieved so far, their sights are on the future and connecting with fans across the country.
Arkells high-energy soulful rock has matured over four albums to include various keyboards, samples and horns, along with the usual surging guitar chords and sing along vocals. Arkells’ singer, guitarist and primary songwriter Max Kerman explains the band’s increasingly varied sound by saying, “I was kind of getting sick of indie rock being so self-serious.” Up until now, Arkells have struggled for recognition south of the border, but that’s going to change in 2017. The band’s latest single, “Knocking at the Door,” sounds like some unholy alliance of indie rock darlings The Hold Steady and MTV-hit era Peter Gabriel, with horn stabs and 3-dimensional production highlighting all their strengths as a band.
For The Struts, the ‘70s glam rock era never ended. Lead singer Luke Spiller, often clad in leather and makeup, leads the group with a swagger that lies somewhere between Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger. The rockers have opened for The Rolling Stones and Guns N’ Roses, extensively toured the U.K., France and the U.S. and have effectively made a name for themselves as a brash, bombastic retro group. The band came together around the time they wrote their first hit “Could Have Been Me,” an anthemic ode on living life to the fullest. The track hit #5 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and to date has notched more than 20 million plays on Spotify – making it the band’s biggest hit to date.
FOXTRAX may have only formed in 2015 but they’ve gone from 0-100 faster than you can say “headliner.” The trio — Ben Schneid (vocals, guitar) and brothers Jon Stenz (drums) and Jared Stenz (bass) – childhood friends from Oceanside, NY came together after college to start cultivating their unique rock song. Before moving to L.A. at the end of 2015, the group played at a number of iconic New York City clubs where they focused on perfecting their live set. Their 2016 debut EP, The Cabin, introduced fans to their single “Underwater” which has been featured everywhere from Apple Music’s Alternative Spotlight to Sirius XM’s Advanced Placement channel.