To describe Flagstaff’s music scene is to travel a series of hills and valleys — trying to put your finger on it at any given point in time is as about as effective as spinning a globe, closing your eyes, and pressing. In general, Flag can be a hard place to make it, and sustaining a band can be even trickier. Bands come and go, and during the course of a
Power-trio Sol Drop is unique in that they have successfully hooked a punk rock sensibility up with the blues, and in turn what gets churned out elicits 100 percent thrashing and sweaty, sweaty bodies. The members of the band, with lead singer Kathryn Meyers at the helm, call it “fast-blues,” with vocals drawn from the Riot grrrl days, marked by snarls and yelps and extended phrasing. Also, Jimi Hendrix — because why the hell not? They just released their debut full-length album, It’s Alright, in September, and it’s got all that goodness wrapped up in seven songs.
9. Tiny Bird
They might be named after a small animal, but damn if their sound ain’t big. Rowdy and relatively (emphasis on the word) new to the Flag music scene, Tiny Bird showcases hypnotic melodies, driven by energy,
8. Four Cornered Room
At a show a little while back, one of the guitarists for Tiny Bird commented on the “congregation” of rock bands lighting up Flag’s music scene. Four Cornered Room is one of them. Where they find comfort is in the sunny daze and psychedelic “
You might be wondering why the “e” in this band’s name is missing. It’s an analogy for construction, of the band’s
6. False North
In the world of college dorm life, and, well … life in general, the tribal identifiers of band stickers can turn into great things. Such is the case for False North — or at least partly. It was rock 'n' roll, specifically tunes from the British Invasion, which brought this foursome first into a basement, then a recording studio, and out popped their debut offering, Burning Fast, released last year. It’s a lighter take on alternative
5. Ice Sword
There’s something oddly brilliant about Ice Sword. Maybe it’s the Zelda-like start to their great 2015 demo album. Maybe it has something to do with Game of Thrones. Either way, here’s what you need to know about these guys: Five dudes, four guitars, a drummer, high energy, self-classified as power/high-fantasy metal. That demo is up on Bandcamp, but rest assured, they’re hard at work on album one. As they recently stated on Facebook, “The onset of recording is so close we can taste it ... All songs for the full-length concept album are written! Ready yourselves for battle!”
4. Heebie Jeebies
This humble outfit is pure, rock and 24-7 roll. They’re one of those cool, local bands that
3. Le Trebuchet
In the vault that is
For just two dudes (we up north like to call them Dome and Domer), these guys put out a lot of noise, at least four people’s worth. And it’s loud. And rippin’. Comprised of guitarist Jeff Lusby-Breault and drummer Mike Seitz, they just dropped
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1. The Shindaggers
To be fair, these guys are now defunct-ish. And as only they would have it — save the worst for last. But, if you can track down any of their tunes, it’s well worth it. They are truly a unique staple to