New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Stomptown Revival
RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) One of the current trends in contemporary music is what I like call indie-Appalachia. (Modern rock bands reinterpreting and updating the traditional music birthed in the Appalachian region of America; rural music from the Virginias, the Carolinas, and Tennessee.) Bands like Rend Collective, Lumineers, The Neverclaim, Mumford and Sons, and Needtobreathe, among others. All of the aforementioned bands are updating the old-time sound of the early-to-mid 20th century, where, in addition to the acoustic guitar, it’s not uncommon to hear the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, and auto harp (an instrument found in the music of the pioneering group, the Carter Family). All of this brings me to a band called Stomp Town Revival, comprised of Seattle producer/artist Brandon Bee, and Gabe Martinez of Circleslide. Bee and Martinez named their band after the stomp box, a percussion instrument that looks like a cigar box with a dangling cord off to the side. “We didn’t really intend to make a record,” Martinez says. “We were just writing for the sheer joy of it. It was spontaneous and organic, with a sense of friendship and community.” For more on Stomp Town Revival, go to http://stomptownrevival.com/. You’ll find links to buy the new EP on CD or vinyl, plus you-tube and facebook pages, too.