Pleasure Beach is a band formed in Middletown, CT, in early 2015. Taking cues from post-punk and new wave groups, the band also cites the musical history of cities like Minneapolis and Los Angeles as influential. Taut guitar lines and warm synthesizer texture stretch and pulse through the band's sharp and present songwriting. At times tense and sparse, the arrangements also reach lush peaks where the group's playing interlocks in compelling form.
Quiet Giant (Telegraph Recording Company) is a Connecticut four-piece that makes heavy, dreamy pop with heart. The band is Danielle Capalbo (guitar, vox), Jared Thompson (drums, vox), William James (lead guitar) and Mark Almodovar (bass), who together issue forth a memorable blend of haunting melodies, ethereal vocals and reverb-laden arrangements. Since forming in 2015, the band has played across the Northeast, including New London's I Am Fest. QG have released a well-received full-length record, loom, and in Spring 2017 a follow-up EP called You're In Heaven that trades swirling dreampop for heavier-hitting rock-and-roll.