So every shmuck rock critic has made a list of who they think
are the next big artists. So here at the EmpyreLounge.com, we
are fighting for some respect so we figured lets rip off the idea
and do one of our own. Now we didnt go the Spin route and put
just whoever is popular now well in a couple instances
we did, but that is besides the point. The majority of this list
are either new bands or bands just about to explode on your radio.
Regardless of how hard we tried, we did leave off a ton of great
artists that are definitly worthy of our little list, O.A.R.,
Familiar 48, Rosey, and Wayne to name a few. So sit back, have
a beer (or 8 or 9) and enjoy the 10 artists ready to blow up.
Don't go sitting back to much though as want to know who we missed
or who on our list has no shot in hell.
I would like to reach out my hand and welcome Rusted Root back
to the party. Sure, the band never really went anywhere, actually
even putting out three really good cds since hitting it big in
the early 90s with "Send Me On My Way." But the band
is back April 9th with a new cd with original member, Jenn Wertz
returning to the fold. Well her return back equal more record
sales? Only time will tell, but this is a great band that lightning
is ready to strike once again.
With a plethora of singer songwriters on the scene now, you would
have to be an idiot not to include one on this list. With Ryan Adams
and Rufus Wainright scoring big critic success last year, it sure
looks like John Mayer will be the next in line to strike it big
and surpass the others. With sold out concerts all over the country,
John Mayer has an underground following, much like the one that
launched the Dave Matthews Band into superstardom close to 10 years
ago. Songs such as "83", "Why Georgia" "Body
is a Wonderland," and "Back to You" show that Mayer
is ready to hit the big time.
So last year, I went and saw a Flickerstick show and was blown
away by one of the opening bands, Rubyhorse. They were an unsigned
band from Boston, MA (by way of Cork, Ireland) and blew all the
other bands on the bill away. Couple weeks after the show and
BAM, the news comes out that they have a record deal as well.
With their 1st Island Def Jam release (Rise) on the way (probably
mid-2002), Rubyhorse is set to make a big splash. With killer
melodies and great songwriting, Rubyhorse stands out in the cluttered
crowd of new bands.
Another band that probably shouldn't be included on the list since
they were everywhere last year. Their debut cd, The Sickness,
exploded onto the scene with numerous rock singles. Everyone has
heard "Down with the Sickness," "Stupify"
"Voices," and "The Game," but the whole disc
is much more that those songs. Their move from the second stage
to the main stage at last summers Ozzfest just goes to show that
Disturbed is one of the top metal bands in music today. Disturbed
is currently in the studio recording their 2nd CD.
Ready to be released in May, Greenwheel's debut Soma Holiday
is already on my list if top CDs of 2002. This five member group
out of St. Charles, Missouri are ready to explode on rock radio.
With a sound somewhere between matchbox twenty and Fuel, expect
Greenwheel to first break sometime in April with first single
"Shelter." I guaran-fuckin-tee that you will be hearing
a lot about this band by the end of the year.
With an upcoming spot as the opening act for Incubus, Phantom
Planet look to be right on the verge of something big. Sure the
band may have gotten its first big break thanks to the acting
skills of drummer Jason Schwartzman (Slackers, Rushmore), the
band has proved its musical worth with their second CD, The Guest.
But this is more than just an actor trying to play music. First
single, "California" is all over radio dial, and even
debuted recently on TRL. While The Guest has gotten strong critical
praise, anyone who has seen the band live will tell you that Phantom
Plant is a band on the rise.
Christopher Ender Carrabba has Trent Reznor syndrome. Instead
of playing and recording under his own name, Carrabba is the only
member of the band Dashboard Confessional. According to Carrabba's
Web site, "Chris didn't want to name his new act after himself
because right from the start he wanted his fans to sing along
and be a part of his performance. He thought a solo name might
discourage his audience from being an integral part of the show."
The name fits though; Dashboard Confessional, at least the "Confessional"
part of it, is the perfect description for Carrabba's songs. Carrabba's
songs are all acoustic, all sorrowful, all about relationships,
and all pretty good. All-acoustic acts don't usually hit superstar
status, but Confessional's most recent album, The Place You Have
Come to Fear the Most, has been receiving some radio play and
could be the calm before the storm.
Dispatch are a three member college-band who mingle folk, funk,
rock, and reggae sounds. They are Brad Corrigan, Pete Heimbold,
and Chad Urmston and their unique sound has clubs and bars across
the Northeast, and farther, filling up with fans. Dispatch are
four albums deep into their existence, with a live album to boot.
They feature both acoustic and electric talents, and have had
enough practice in the game to be noticed by more than just us
losers at Empyre Lounge. Rolling Stone ranked their 2000 release
Who Are We Living For? among the top ten albums of that year.
That particular accolade hasn't brought Dispatch fame and glory,
but their music still has a shot to bring them whatever they want,
or wherever they want go.
Both Rolling Stone and Spin said The Coup's most recent release,
Party Music, was among the best releases of 2001. Boots Riley
and DJ Pam are The Coup, and Party Music is the duo's third major
label release. The Coup are one of those groups that are right
on the verge-critics love them, their fans love them, but the
rest of the world has yet to hear of them. It could have something
to do with their overtly political motivations-they give the former
Rage Against the Machine a run for their activist money-or something
to do with their hip-hop sound that doesn't reverberate every
other rapper and rhymer out there. Whatever the reason may be,
it isn't reason to hold Boots Riley and DJ Pam down. Whether they
make it big, or remain low-key, their music will always be forceful
even when it's funny. The Coup know how to grab a listener's attention
not only with their beats, but with their near-preaching lyrics
as well. If you can listen to what they have to say, you won't
be able to wait to hear what's next.
Who knows if this one should even count. Is it hard to pick a
band as a "Next Big Thing," when their debut cd, The
Fallout, has already gone gold in the United States as well as
their Native Canada? Default is a killer rock band that exploded
onto the scene last year with "Waisting My Time," a
song that does nothing but continue to pick up momentum. With
great vocals and crunching guitars, Default looks like a band
that will be around for some years to come. "Live a Lie"
could easily be the best song on the cd and will be a big hit.