From Sea to Sea: A Season in Review
From Sea to Sea: A Season in Review
by Tyler Prime
From Sea to Sea is a show about a musical journey across the United States. A goal of mine is that each episode gives listeners just a peek into how diverse and interesting our country is, geographically, culturally and of course, musically. Just like any journey, it is fun to look back and reflect on some of the memories, so this article will give you the short and skinny of what From Sea to Sea has to offer. I encourage you to check out the tracks, bands and episodes listed. If you enjoy what we have here, be sure to check out our full From Sea to Sea episodes because these picks are only a taste of what we have in store.
No Money No Worries – Lucky Dub (Maryland)
The song “No Money No Worries” reminds us how awesome a genre reggae is. As the title says, the quintessential “no worries” reggae mantra is in full effect here. Also, the last bridge about annoying telemarketers is too funny.
Schizophillia – Builder of the House (Maine)
“Schizophillia” might be the sweetest and saddest song the show has had so far. The song is a heartwarming love song, but “then she took her leave as if her memory was just a dream.” Besides the great lyrics the solo acoustic guitar juxtaposed with the a cappella-bass lines and a simple snap beat makes this song haunting.
Footprints – Accidental Seabirds (New Jersey)
Accidental Seabirds’ “Footprints” uses great harmonies in the vocals the whole way through, and that sound is too unique to ignore. The walking bass and plucky guitar fills out this song wonderfully. “Footprints” is a great example of folk music on the show.
Catch the Ball – McLovins (Connecticut)
The McLovins take this category with their song “Catch the Ball” off of their EP Funk No. Uno. This song just has it all: a grand entrance from the horn section, an incredibly catchy groove, and memorable lyrics. The song also features a face-melter of a guitar solo towards the back end. There is absolutely no reason not to love this song. It’s hard not to sing along after just a few listens and impossible not to dance to it after just one.
Haunt the House (Rhode Island)
Haunt the House, is just that, haunting. Lead singer Will Houlihan leads this group with powerful lyrics and a very distinct voice. The band started as Houlihan’s solo project but has since developed into a full band with a well rounded folk sound. Their album Jack Rabbit Jones is an underground Americana classic and it deserves to be heard.
This band features a pair of brothers and their two good friends, and you can tell by their music that they are a close-knit group. The sounds mix together flawlessly, and it is obvious that a lot of hard work and practice went in to making the timing and the subtle pieces of their songs fit together perfectly. These guys are also fun to keep up with; they’re always up to something and have a good sense of humor. Definitely find their Facebook page and give them a like.
Buried Beds (Pennsylvania)
Buried Beds is more than your average band. Many bands make music and don’t become much more than that. Buried Beds break into new areas of story telling like no one else. Their newest album In Spirit can be explored on their website, and each song is paired with a unique children’s story. It is a beautiful project and shows the possibilities of enhanced story telling with music.
New Sweden (Delaware)
New Sweden has the whole package. Members of the band are extremely talented musicians, and collectively, their sound is so polished and tight. They never take a song off. Each of their songs could stand alone and impress—there is no filler with New Sweden. It shows when they get to play at events like the Firefly music festival. They were on a local stage this year, but these guys are destined to make it to the main stage some day.
New Hampshire is an interesting state because it features bands with a very wide range of experience. The George Brown Band is made up of a group of guys who have been playing together for years, all the way back to their college years. On the other end of the spectrum, solo artist Sam Robbins hasn’t even finished high school yet and is already putting out high-quality tunes. Also in the episode, the Rippin’ E Brakes offers a look into what it’s like to be an up-and-coming band from New Hampshire. On their website you can find a “Rockumentary” and really feel what it’s like to hang out with the band.
The Rhode Island episode had the best range of any episodes of the year. The brother Kite is great pop-punk, reminiscent of Blink-182; Roz and the Rice Cakes offers a unique progressive synth-pop sound; and Haunt the House, as previously mentioned, offers high-quality folk music. If there is any state that shows off the range of music that this country has, it is this one. Each of the bands in this state sound totally different from the next, but they’re all impressive within their style.
Massachusetts was a unique state for the show in that it featured bands from one special music festival. The Rock’n’Roll Rumble is an annual event held in Bean Town that has been featuring some of the best local talent since 1979. The 2014 edition of the festival didn’t disappoint and introduced us to three great new bands. Barricades, “Butterknife, and The Color and Sound all performed very well in the rumble and made for a great show. This state’s episode contains our all-around best up and coming pop-punk bands.
What is there to say about New York? This state is so loaded with music, the show had to add a qualifier to the title. This episode is only bands from “Upstate New York,” and still, ignoring the largest city in the country, this state provides amazing up and coming music. The Blind Owl Band might be the band that best captures the character of the area that they are from so far on the show. Capital Zen pushes the limits of what it means to be a progressive jam-band, and Wild Adriatic is as catchy as any alternative band that you’ve listened to in the past decade. Maybe someday the show will come back to give the rest of the state a chance, but until then, the Upstate New York episode does not disappoint.
Again, this is only a taste of where From Sea to Sea has gone so far. There is so much more that didn’t fit into this article that I insist you give a listen. This is only the first season. From Sea to Sea has only just begun its journey, and there is still so much of the country to explore. So, catch up with what From Sea to Sea has explored so far and get ready for next season because there’s so much more planned!