The Lower Dens, an indie pop band, hails from Baltimore. Founded in 2010, the Lower Dens has emerged recently as a force to be reckoned with in the Baltimore music scene. With two albums under their belts, Lower Dens recently released their third album in March of 2015. “Escape from Evil” was produced by Ribbon Music. Artists on the Ribbon Music label include Black Dice, Django Django, Light Heat, Laura Marling, John Maus, Omar Souleyman and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.
Have you heard of “dream pop?” Dream Pop is a sub-genre of alternative rock, which is also known as the shoegazing scene from the United Kingdom. Baltimoreans can experience Dream Pop by listening to songs from local band Beach House. While guitarist and keyboardist Alex Scally is a hometown lad, the lead vocalist, as well as keyboardist, is a French native. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally formed their band back in 2004. 2015 saw two album releases from Beach House: “Depression Cherry” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars.”
Though the band met while studying art at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, Future Islands is based in Baltimore. Future Islands is comprised of the following members: Gerrit Welmers on keyboards and programming; William Cashion on bass, acoustic, and electric guitar; and Samuel T. Herring on vocals. Herring is also the chief lyricist on all the band’s songs. Future Islands’ most recent release is a trio of singles: Light House, A Song for Our Grandfathers and The Chase.
Calling themselves “Rock, of the finest variety,” Ed Schrader’s Music Beat is a “rock due from Baltimore that, despite all the reports, takes [itself] seriously.” The Baltimore duo — Ed Schrader’s Music Beat — is comprised of only bass and drums. Ed Schrader and his fellow band member, Devlin Rice, met at a rave where Ed asked Devlin to play his bass. The pair have played together ever since. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s repertoire ranges from “roof-raising wig-outs” to “subdued, Morphine-esque balladry.”
Fronted by Denny Bowen, Roomrunner is a “noise rock group” from Baltimore. Denny Bowen, formerly of Double Dagger, Yukon, and The Dan Deacon Ensemble, is behind Roomrunner’s release of a cassette tape and an EP. Roomrunner’s sound has been described as a “conscious effort to revive the fuzz and feedback-laden churn of early-1990s indie rock,” Roomrunner has plans to release an LP sometime in 2016.