Three To See

Here are just three of the great original St. Louis bands that play around town on a regular basis. Check these three out as soon as you get a chance.

Neptune Crush: I often think the St. Louis music scene should be the center of the universe, and Neptune Crush serves as a nice part of it. This group provides audiences with their own guitar rock sound that often sounds like a heavy wall of noise. Singer/guitarist Elijah Swan contributes to noise but also puts a lot of his melodic guitar licks into the mix. Aside from the assaulting electric guitars, the songs offer a lot of great singalong hooks that are sure to stay with audience members even after only one listen. Swan takes center stage and makes an impression from start to finish.

Black Spade: I admit I’m no an expert on the hip-hop scene, but I saw this artist perform a while back and I really enjoyed the show. I thought it would just be Black Spade and a DJ behind him, but he showed up with his band Soultyde and the music was nothing short of spectacular. The guitar grooves were so catchy and interesting that it was impossible not to be drawn into the show. Several styles of music were blended into the mix, the lyrics remained poetic and thought provoking, and the background vocals made it all the more enjoyable. This one is a must-see no matter what kind of music you like.

Black Dahlia: Black Dahlia is a great local band that has combined their hard-driving guitar sound and angst-filled vocals with a theatrical live show. Musically, the group seems to be influenced by industrial/gothic rock; they bring their electric guitars to the stage, offering powerful chord progressions mixed with a variety of guitar-effects. Christoph D’Vincent Hrivnak is a confident lead vocalist/guitarist and the band’s theatrical element makes things all the more interesting. There’s no shortage of skulls and lit candles on the stage, complementing the band’s comic book look. The response from the audience at Mississippi Nights was mixed: people seemed to either love it or hate it with extreme passion. But one die-hard female fan told me, “The band’s set is almost as good as extasy.”

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