COLOR CHANNEL :: ALLSTON
CLASS OF 2013 TRACK: "GET TO KNOW THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU"
Every time electronic-pop collective Color Channel hit the stage in their home 'hood, Allston Rock City morphs into Allston Dance City. The sextet hold court over a sweaty sea of bodies that get busy doing the un-Boston — which is to say, they dance their fuck off. Color Channel's pinwheel-spun post-disco is an unmitigated feel-good, pretense-free party. In 2013, they're faced with the daunting task of capturing that live vibe on record, but their spring EP promises to be one hot-blooded bacchanalian love affair on the dance floor. "Our goal is to get our music out to just about everybody possible," says bassist Jay Thomas. Unless everyone finds it first. colorchannel.bandcamp.com
THE DEEP NORTH :: BOSTON
CLASS OF 2013 TRACK: "WAKE UP"
In mid-2012, guitarist Nick Twohig and keyboardist Brad Couture's studio project had grown to a full-fledged band, but it still needed a voice. Enter Rebecca Frank. "It was one of those friend-of-a-friend-coming-to-audition-for-your-band, and then we knew within the first five minutes that she was it," Twohig says. "She's a force of nature." A few months later November's self-titled EP was born, led by the euphoric-yet-ethereal power ballad "Wake Up." The moving track was featured in cracked.com writer Michael Swaim's indie flick Kill Me Now, and helped the outfit garner national press as a rising band to watch in 2013. Now the Deep North will record a follow-up album in June at a secluded, rural farmhouse far from the hectic confines of their rehearsal space in Charlestown. But not before performing live at Church on February 8. thedeepnorth.net
DOZE :: BOSTON
CLASS OF 2013 TRACK: "FOXHUNT"
DOZE's debut EP, The Dirts, released with minimal chest-thumping on Bandcamp in December, does one thing and does it well: it punches you in the face, repeatedly. Opener "Foxhunt" takes eight seconds before it hits ripshit cruising altitude, settling into a post-hardcore groove within 30 seconds. By the minute mark, it's clear this is no joyride. DOZE doesn't really have press photos, and their October-birthed website is a Wordpress blog with three posts to its credit. No matter. This bullshit-free Boston band threw down an EP that stands on its own merit as a socially charged call-to-arms. DOZE hopes to get The Dirts on cassette in the next few weeks, and then possibly hit the road. "Other than that, we'll keep doing our thing and making a bunch of loud noise at shows," says guitarist Tim Groch. dozemusic.bandcamp.com
EARLYNINETIES :: BOSTON
CLASS OF 2013 TRACK: "XLR"
No, Earlynineties don't sound like Pearl Jam, though the duo are already tired of explaining themselves. As Adam D. McGinn and Andy Kai Nagashima contemplate nomenclature — by the time this issue of the Phoenix drops, they may be called YDIMITU, short for Why Do I Matter in the Universe, the same name as their upcoming EP out next month — what is certain and cast in sparkly stone is the kaleidoscopic electro-pop appeal that's led them to share the Paradise Rock Club stage with Break Science last month. "XLR" is a bubbly head-bobber that McGinn crafted in his basement nearly five years ago, but now E90 — or whatever his beats-and-synth daydream project will be called in coming months — is ready to start a party in the early 2010s. yourearlynineties.com