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We’ve featured a few artists from Nashville, Tennessee, which has quietly emerged as one of America’s hotbeds for indie music. It’s not just a country music city anymore, but instead it’s home to artists like Lauren Strange, CAPPA, KAPTAN, and Bully. Another one to add is Idle Bloom.
Like Bully, Idle Bloom are creating some awesome indie-rock, which is showcased on their debut EP, Some Paranoia. While some albums have songs that some the same, the six tracks on Some Paranoia only have one thing in common – they are cathartic. The highlight of the EP is its finale, “Old Bone”. It’s a dark, anthemic number that blazes with the intensity of Savages.
The earlier tracks are also energetic rockers, but channel different influences and sounds. “No Body/No Control” stuns with its shifting melodies terrific harmonies at the beginning before delving into a droning rocker. The title track hums along with the driving guitars and piercing vocals that have characterized fellow Nashville band Bully’s music. “Snake in the Grass” is a throbbing number. While it has a midtempo pace, the booming voice of front woman Olivia makes this track of teen angst a scorcher.
On two of the tracks, Idle Bloom take a page out of Paramore’s music. Like their fellow Tennessee residents, Idle Bloom combine indie rock and post-punk rock with prog-rock flourishes. “Pride Line”, like “Snake in the Grass”, doesn’t truly rock out, but the edgy guitar and rabid rhythm section create a chest-pounding song. “Mind Reader”, a dark, psychedelic-rock tune, revs up the pace that spirals from cathartic to exhilarating. It’s a track that demonstrates the band’s versatility, not just within the album but within a song.
While there are a lot of bands now imitating Paramore, Wolf Alice, and Bully and it’s hard to get terribly excited about them, Idle Bloom is an exception. They’re not trying to be like these bands; rather, they’re building and perfecting the sound. The nod to the dark noise-rock of Savages further shows that the young quartet are branching out their noise-rock into spaces that can be challenging but when mastered can be sensational.
Idle Bloom are Olivia (vocals & guitars), Callan (vocals & guitar), Katie (bass), and Weston (drums). Get Some Paranoia on Amazon.
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