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Friday, September 11, 2015

Local Releases: Watching Summer Play Itself Off

New local music by Honey Suns, Violettas, The National Parks and more.

Posted By on September 11, 2015, 2:19 PM

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As we start making our way into the fall season, the last remaining sounds of summer are making themselves known. We have six releases to discuss, including a release show, so we'll start with the online releases. The first one up is Ruin's Everything, a Provo-based emo project comprised of Tanner Zamora, Matt Horton, Marcus Horton and Preston Smith. The group have been together for over two years, but didn't really break out of the pack or make any kind of statement performance-wise. They've kind of been that band you know about, but you've never seen live. They finally released their debut EP, Event Horizon, which by all accounts has been on the shelf for a while now and finally got an online release. It sounds pretty good, worth at least a listen. You can download it for whatever you'd like to pay on Bandcamp.

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Next up are an SLC-based alternative acoustic band called Honey Suns, who, with the exception of primary songwriter Jordan Ballou, haven't really made themselves known to the public. In fact, that band seemingly came out of nowhere last month, and have only started getting out and about, which includes the grand opening of The Barrel Room in Ogden this Saturday. The band have released their self-titled debut EP, which you can download for $5 on Bandcamp.

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Switching to more ambient music, we have the latest from Braeyden Jae. The last time we mentioned Jay was back in March when they released their last full-length, Turnings. Since that time they've released three singles and an EP called Ugly Living back in August. Memory Chain is the latest full-length, continuing the same themes with some eclectic guitar thrown into the mix.  You can download the latest album for $5 on their Bandcamp page.

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Moving into hardcore music, we have the debut release from Shadow Pride. This is a five-piece hardcore band from SLC, another band who basically only started having an online presence last month in order to hype their debut album, Pathfinder. It's pretty damn good—very hard hitting and anger-fueled, but doesn't seem to tread over any new territory. You can judge for yourself by downloading it for whatever you'd like to pay on Bandcamp.

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The last of the online releases comes to us from Provo-based group Violettas. This is a laid-back low-fi pop band made up of Elizabeth Holden, Stephen Cope, Stuart Wheeler and Jacob Hall. They had a lovely song on one of the Dirty Provo compilations and have earned some nice buzz in Utah County as an act to see. The Easy Ones is the band's debut EP, with four tracks that all sound very beautiful in their construction without being campy or flighty. You can download it for a mere $2 on Bandcamp.

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Finally, we get to our two release shows of the week, both of them brought to you by The National Parks. The Provo-based folk-pop band have been riding a media wave on a number of high-profile shows, making the 7-piece ensemble one of the biggest acts in Utah County at the moment. The last time we heard from them album-wise was with their 2013 full-length album, Young, which earned some minor airplay on KRCL. Until I Live marks the band’s sophomore album, utilizing the big band sound they’ve cultivated over the past two years and bringing their music to an entirely new level. It is well worth a listen, just to compare where they’ve been to where they’re going. The band will be playing two release shows at Velour, the first tonight with Attic Wolves and Isaac Russell, and the second tomorrow night with Strange Familia and John Lane. Both shows are $10 and the doors open at 8 p.m.

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