Bands to Watch in 2019
The Georgia music scene is overflowing with talented artists and bands in every corner of the state, whose work falls into a wide variety of genres. The list of bands that are on the brink of national recognition goes on and on, and the list of bands that are just a few years away from that point goes on even further. So choosing just a handful of them to talk about proved extremely difficult. However, this bunch are some that deserve your attention as we move into 2019.
Already recognized by many as a “Georgia juggernaut” the time is approaching where the whole world will know about Maggie Schneider. he's been steadily gaining notoriety online, even getting the attention of bands like Sleep On It, State Champs, and All Time Low. And with her first full-length album well on the way, it's fair to say that this pop/rock singer-songwriter is poised for a huge year certainly shows that this pop/rock singer-songwriter is poised for a huge year.
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Lost At Last
Now having a sound lineup, headed by founding member Peter Higgs (guitar) and featuring new additions Christian Nowitzki (guitar) and vocalist Taylor Barber (who, in my opinion, is one of the most talented and powerful frontmen in the community), this deathcore band demonstrated in 2018 that they are a force to be reckoned with. With impressive sets on the same bills as Emmure, After the Burial, and Fit For An Autopsy, Lost at Last has just begun to show what they are capable of. They can very well become one of the premiere heavy bands in Georgia.
On a national scale, Georgia is recognized as a hip-hop breeding ground, so at least one rapper had to be included in this list. Givon is a natural-born performer - one who has the capability to change the game. Be on the lookout for new concerts and releases from this talented artist.
The Callous Daoboys
It’s heavy you’ve never heard before. The maturation of The Callous Daoboys as an entity has been uncanny. Not only that but they also put on one of the most entertaining shows you’ll see from a Georgia band. Word through the grapevine is that their forthcoming full-length album is on a whole new level, and that’s one big reason that The Callous Daoboys are set for a successful year in 2019.
Next Year’s End
This four-piece hailing from Forsyth County, Georgia have been grinding for years, slowly learning and growing as people and musicians, and the time for all of that to come together is slowly approaching. Their first official EP “Faceless” received great praise and the band now finds themselves with active fans ranging from Canada, to London, to Iceland. Their second EP (recorded by Rian Dawson of All Time Low), is set to be released sometime 2019 and there’s great potential for the pop-rock outfit to break out this year.
Lesser known fact: the state of Georgia has a very strong reggae scene. Even before their long-awaited debut release (Self-Titled) Sound Culture had the kind of strong following that is vital for a long-term band. Now with a recently released single, new curated events, and so much more music to come, Sound Culture is a band you need to direct your attention towards.
Revel In Romance
The performances, the music, the image, the self-promotion, the chemistry; Revel in Romance has it all. They're the complete package. Taking their time to work on new music, they are receiving amazing opportunities that may well allow them to burst out into the national spotlight.
Moreland the Shooting
“Every song is named after a street, and every street tells a story.” 2018 was only the tip of the iceberg for Moreland the Shooting. Even with only one song online, this melodic post hardcore band's fanbase has steadily grown, and this trend seems likely to continue in 2019. I highly recommend you catch them live
You hear of seven-string bassists every so often, but Ryan Buck makes performing with this behemoth instrument look way too easy. Even the most casual listener can’t help but turn their head the moment his mesmerizing playing hits their ears. Drawing on jazz, prog, and metal influences (and everything in between, really), Ryan Buck is set to do big things.
I won’t admit to the amount of times Artificial Flavors played over my car speakers following its release. Lunar Vacation is as amazing live as they are in the studio, and this has earned them a huge indie fan base, and now a growing team to help those dreamy, surf pop tunes reach new ears. You can expect a lot of touring and much more (very well deserved) national recognition for Lunar Vacation in the coming year.
Bonus Bands: Chelsea Shag, Kaya’s Embrace, Panicwolf