Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
This week’s NYC Scene Report features the soul-pop of Chetti, the indie alt-pop of Hannah Gill, 80s influenced indie rock from Secret Weapons, and some post-punk from Bambara.
* Soul-pop singer Chetti is back with a brand new single, “#MADEINBKLYN,” and it’s all about the love she has for the borough where she was born and raised.
Chetti, who is a longtime column favorite, threw a launch part for the single this past week in, of course, Brooklyn. It was more than just a celebration of the single, however, as the event featured music, art, food, and a host of other things that are Brooklyn born, Brooklyn made, and play a role in the unique culture of the borough.
Check out “#MADEINBKLYN,” and hear why Chetti has so much love for her hometown.
* Another powerful female vocalist you’ll want to keep an ear out for is Hannah Gill. The 18 year old indie alt-pop artist hails from NYC, and recently released a video for her latest single, “Silver Screens.”
Although she’s only been playing music professionally for two years, Gill’s vocals, and songwriting skills, give her work a decidedly mature feel. This is especially apparent on “Silver Screens.”
“Silver Screens” is off of Gill’s upcoming EP, I Feel Awake, which is due out in January, and is the follow up to her 2014 self-titled effort, which was produced by four-time Grammy Winner Brian Vibberts.
Some have compared Gill to Lana Del Rey, but personally I feel Gill’s music features more depth, and honesty. For a taste of that depth and honesty, check out “Silver Screens.” It’s a song I have a feeling you’ll find a starring role for in your playlist.
* At the small part of the Venn diagram where current indie rock, and classic 80s pop, overlap, you’ll find Brooklyn duo Secret Weapons. Consisting of Gerry Lang, and Dan E., the twosome just released their debut single, “Something New,” and it’s a ridiculously infectious tune reminiscent of Neon Trees at their best.
Secret Weapons originally met in, of all places, a high school math class. It was a class they were consistently kicked out of for discussing music, instead of what was on the blackboard. Knowing that they were on to something, the duo formed Secret Weapons, but for their first year as a band they told no one about their work. It wasn’t until earlier this year that they finally decided to go public with their music.
Call it a secret that’s been revealed. Call it modern indie pop with a plash of the 80s. Whatever you wan to call it, crank up Secret Weapons’ “Something New,” and get to movin in your seat.
* If you like your rock music equal parts gritty, and noisy, Brooklyn trio Bambara will be right up your alley. The post-punk band was formed in Athens, GA, back in 2009, but with their second full length album, Swarm, they have found a way to embody the atmosphere of some of NYC’s grimier locales.
In a way, it’s apropos, as Bambara experienced some of the city’s griminess themselves back in 2014 when the laptop on which they had all of their original recording sessions for Swarm was stolen. Instead of attempting to recreate the album, Bambara recorded, and released an EP titled Night Chimes, and then decided to revisit the songs for Swarm.
The lead single off of Swarm is “An Ill Son,” the sound, and lyrics, of which will take you to parts of the city that are filled with unsavory characters. Click play, and enjoy the ride.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.