No band has been so praised for such a wide range of music over the last ten years than Brooklyn's Oneida. Nobody has come close to matching their output of dazzlingly creative, uncategorizable music. Psychedelia, minimalism, maximalism, one-step, infinitewave, blah blah blah blah... it's all there, all the time.
Sort of poppy, plenty noisy, some fast and some slow, a little bit of woosh, but also a bit of sloppy, shifting to the left but leaning to the right.
New Haven-based duo Rivener’s lysergic improvisations are shape-shifting explorations of no wave, noise, and psych with elements rooted in the rockist tradition. Intrepid seekers always listening for the signs, guitarist/percussionist Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir) and drummer Michael Kiefer (Twin Lakes Recs/Myty Konkeror) mangle, stretch, bend, and breathe new meaning into these influences with subtle dynamic shifts, conjuring cosmic clouds of sound. This is the true freedom rock...so turn it up, man! Their debut release is due out on Twin Lakes Records early this spring.
Dan Greene ( of Mountain Movers)
The Mountain Movers have, over the course of five albums and a decade’s worth of LPs, CDs, 7-inches, CDrs, and cassettes steadily become New Haven’s best kept secret; a band capable of lurching between melancholic indie rock, strident garage/psych and pummeling guitar freak-outs. Their earliest beginnings saw the band documenting bandleader Dan Greene’s vast catalog of songs, while displaying a rotating cast of New Haven musicians’ unique skills. Shortly after the bands fourth album (2011‘s “Apple Mountain”) constant members Greene and bassist Rick Omonte were joined by drummer Ross Menze and guitarist Kryssi Battelene, forming what is now the Mountain Mover’s longest running lineup. The band’s eponymous sixth album takes cues from everything before and coalesces the bands vision so succinctly and perfectly, it makes you wonder where they’ve been your whole life.