Brooklyn has historically been a hotbed of musical creativity, regularly producing exciting new artists that go on to achieve international acclaim. Whether you’re looking for some new bands to check out around town or seeking inspiration for your own music, these four Brooklyn indie bands are definitely worthy of your attention.
Though their styles are diverse, all feature sounds that are unique while also calling back to former musical eras, be it with 80s style synths or early-aughts crunchy guitar riffs. Look up their music now, while you can still catch a set in an intimate local venue — these Brooklyn bands, many of which are already touring nationally, will likely be blowing up in the next few years.
Read on for a roundup of our favorite acts from the Brooklyn music scene in 2017!
This Brooklyn based trio of synth rockers are putting out a highly-anticipated record in summer of 2017 and kicking off a North American tour in support. They are buoyed in part to success by a collaboration with London-based producer Chris Zane, who had previously worked with Passion Pit, St. Lucia and Friendly Fires. There’s a clear connection between their sound and that of Zane’s other electro-pop projects, but VHS Collection stands out with their lyrical depth and is known for high-energy live performances. The band formed officially in 2014, but its members grew up together and have been making music together since adolescence.
Appreciated for putting on “a heck of a live show” as well as their honest yet surreal songwriting, Charly Bliss is another product of the Brooklyn music scene that’s on a fast track to success. The female fronted indie pop rock quartet produces tunes with callbacks to Weezer and other great indie rockers from the 90s and early 2000s. The four band members have been in some way connected since childhood (two members are siblings), but have followed a long and meandering path to the release of their first full-length record, Guppy. Catch them this summer somewhere along their East Coast tour.
The four-piece Brooklyn band Wilder Maker has a way of defying explanation, with critics frequently reaching for words like “bizarre,” “unique” and “idiosyncratic.” These experimental indie rockers write laid-back, lackadaisically paced tunes that strum along with simple, jangly guitar riffs peppered by unexpected bursts of saxophone, fuzzy distortion and beautifully layered vocal harmonies. Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Gabriel Birnbaum has earned acclaim for his evocative lyrics, so pay attention to the words — as easy as it is to get lost in the dreamy haze of their melodies. Pick up Wilder Maker’s release New Streets, available as a digital download or on vinyl from Saddle Creek.
The Undercover Dream Lovers
Endlessly smooth, slightly psychedelic and more than a little sexy, The Undercover Dream Lovers are one of the brightest Brooklyn bands of 2017. This dreamy, understated indie rock is the solo project of Brooklyn based artist/producer Matt Koenig, who channels the echo-y vibes of early Beach House, infuses it with the occasional funky influences, and packages the whole thing in lots of reverb and intriguingly meandering melodies. Catch the Lovers live (when Koenig performs alongside Sarah Galdes and Galen Gatzke) around New York City at venues such as Brooklyn Bowl. Check out their site here.