New Blood! HOT TIP, HOT MESS MONSTER and SUNSHINE WARD


October 2nd, 2014 by

MRR magazine’s popular “New Blood” section is now a regular feature here on maximumrocknroll.com! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new shit…

Band Name:
HOT TIP

Date & location formed:
September 2013 in Buffalo, NY.

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Reason for forming:
Irene (drums) and Stephen (guitar) had started playing together over the summer of 2013, while Irene’s band Pang was on hiatus, so she could continue learning/playing drums. At Buffalo Vaggiefest, that August, they approached Keely (bass) from Cross Stitch about possibly joining their project. A few weeks later Pang officially broke up and with that Katherine (vocals), the singer of Pang, filled out the band on vocals.

What are your lyrics about?
Katherine here. My lyrics are usually pretty conceptual, whether they are about ideas that interest me, or my relationships with other humans and myself. I like words a lot, and putting them together more.

How would you describe your sound?
When we all started playing together we didn’t form with an idea of “this is what we want to sound like.” We all came from different musical backgrounds and skills, so our sound is kind of just what happened organically between the four of us. Our songs are usually pretty loud and driving with a primal sounding aspect to them. We like to refer to ourselves as “free punk.”

What’s the future of this band?
Record a 7″ and do longer tours. Until then, local shows and weekend tours it is.

Contact:
hottip.bandcamp.com

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Band Name:
HOT MESS MONSTER

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Date & location formed:
Hot Mess Monster was formed in the Fall of 2012 by Thunderbolt, Danny, Rae and Matt, shortly before the time people were saying the world was supposed to end. The world didn’t end of course, or maybe it did — all we can say for sure is that we began to play music together. We hail hard from Asheville, NC.

Reason for forming:
We’re friends! We wanted to challenge ourselves to play music that couldn’t be expressed on our own. We formed, in a way, because we wanted to show up for ourselves and have fun with our community. Also, we wanted to explore playing music that would be fun, meaningful, and not too serious.

What are your lyrics about?
Songs of fortitude, songs that approach the topics of sexual violence, depression, shitty friends, great friends, community, breakups, and staying strong in the struggle to keep ones values alive.

How would you describe your sound?
Well, we set out with the intention of being a pop punk band, but we can’t seem to resist taking the music in a heavier direction. All of our lighter songs end up being heavy, and all of our heavy songs have a pop-punk edge to them. We’ve definitely been influenced by Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Poison Girls, The Gossip, Carrie Nations, Reading Group, Fifteen, Dead Things, and the Cranberries. Danny and Matt used to play in a crust/metal band together so some of that occasionally comes through in the music. We aspire to have all of our friends sing/scream along with us at shows with music that is sweet and tough, from the gut with love.

What’s the future of this band?
We are hoping to record a 7-inch or possibly an LP within the next year. We are busy people with ambitions for small tours in the Southeast, Midwest, and the Northeast. Contact us — we wanna play in your town/houses/basements/favorite dive bars. In the meantime we’ll keep happily rocking the Asheville punk shows.

Contact:
hotmessmonster.bandcamp.com

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Band Name:
SUNSHINE WARD

Date & Location formed:
Formed in Boston in the Fall of 2013.

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Reason for forming:
Originally, the plan was to book a weekend at our friend’s studio with no songs written, stay up for three days straight on trucker speed and beer, and come out with an LP. That plan shit the bed when we couldn’t find a time to record, so we started writing real songs.

What are your lyrics about?
“Bombs and stuff.”

How would you describe your sound?
Totalitär, Chaos UK, Gloom. Not total “pedals not music,” but a little. And Life’s Blood.

What’s the future of this band?
By the time this is printed, our demo tape will be pressed to a 7″ on Hardware Records from Germany, with an extra song tacked on to boot… We want to do a couple weekends on the east coast to sell those. We’re recording a 12″ this fall. Hopefully we can do a longer tour in the spring (possibly west coast?) Get in touch if you want to help out. And Ryan needs to buy a bass.

Contact:
sunshineward.bandcamp.com

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Do you have or know of an awesome new band? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature. Just send us the following info, and keep keeping’ it real…

1) Band name:
2) Date & location formed:
3) Reason for forming:
4) What are your lyrics about?
5) How would you describe your sound?
6) What is the future for this band?

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