PARYAH (paryah.bandcamp.com): Katy Reign, Amy Woodbine, Ron Marsden, and Blake Scopino whip up the kind of barroom-rock fury tailor-made for a place like Mardi Gras. I slept on their debut EP back in 2012 (look up “Tilt”). The new single “Stay Away” is more geared for the ’HJY crowd, and the video for the song is 100 percent batshit-crazy. Which is why Paryah could pull off a major upset.
THE STILTS (thestiltsri.bandcamp.com): Rising up from a dank Woonsocket garage, the Stilts sure sound like business on 2013 cuts “Winter” and the bloozy “Any Old Love Poem.” The quartet just released two singles from a forthcoming release titled Yellow Hound; I jotted down both the Police and Modest Mouse when spinning “So Youthful,” while “Out of My Own Way” is the type of electric blues jam a band like Torn Shorts could pull out and steal a victory. The Stilts won 990WBOB.com’s 2013 Battle of the College Bands.
Wild Sun [Photo by Matt Smith]
WILD SUN (wildsunusa.com): They’ve been in business for just over one year, but Glenn Kendzia, Cameron Raubeson, and Paul Fazio already sound like seasoned pros. The summer 2013 EP Favor garnered positive press when the trio hit dive bars around the region and earned enough scratch to pick up a touring van and a record produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, the Apples in Stereo) due out later this month. Wild Sun play down-home earnest rock, and will make for arguably the toughest draw to judge.