’Bru Bracket-Busters

By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 24, 2010


Another Boston act hot off a SXSW invite, KEEP ME CONSCIOUS (formerly Cherry S/T) are making it happen since forming just over a year ago. Their April ’09 EP debut Sounds of Rescue included “Thicker Than Blood,” which landed on ’BRU’s nightly ‘“News at Nine” battle and won seven nights straight. The stop-and-pop timing changes, ringing chords, and synths should have the Wheelhouse patrons all lathered up.

While LIVE FROM THE SUN (LiveFromTheSun.com) also will make the trek south from Boston, their sound is pretty much the polar opposite from Keep Me Conscious, more akin to previous Rock Hunt champs such as Zox and Fairhaven. There are acoustic riffs and piano aplenty on their debut EP Youth and Conversation, unabashed and catchy pop-rock.

Fifteen years later, THE BRUNT OF IT (MySpace.com/BruntOfIt) continue their unwavering allegiance to “extra chunky punk-ska,” led by charismatic frontman Boofish and backed by a bevy of big horns. I’m betting a song like “Soilty” or “Lithium Overdose” will set the Wheelhouse patrons into a frenzy and have Live From the Sun fans running for the doors. Plus, they just posted songs from “The Cannabutter Sessions” — what’s not to love?

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