The Speedbumps specialize in indie folk sounds, so they're right at home in Kent's pastoral music community. Using acoustic guitars, cello, upright bass, ukulele, and drums, the quartet creates awesome Americana that recalls the Jayhawks and Megafauns.
"We play groovy acoustic music," says singer-songwriter Erik Urycki. "But our sound is unique too. We use classical instruments as much as modern." Last year, the Speedbumps released their second album, which they recorded in Nashville with Grammy-nominated producer Mitch Dane. They're prepping their third album, which is due in the fall.
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Catch them in 2011: Their next stop is January 7 at Panini's in Canton.
Metallica, Slayer, Overkill — they're all appropriate points of reference for South Amherst's Vindicator and their upcoming third album of classic thrash, which is due out later this year.
"It'll make metalheads praise only the darkest of lords and sacrifice to only the satanest of satans," says guitarist and songwriter Vic Stown. The four-piece unveiled their evil inspirations on last year's The Antique Witcheries, a frenzy of shredding guitars, crazed percussion, and vocal rage. "Even the old jaded sect of metalheads who hate young bands playing what they grew up on will admit our music is catchy," Stown says.
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Catch them in 2011: Vindicator will join the California metal outfit Cauldron when they visit Cleveland in January or February. Their schedule thus far consists only of Canadian tour dates, but you can usually see them at Now That's Class and Peabody's when fellow thrash bands rumble through town.
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