Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Hail!Hornet’s Erik Larson

Guest Column

We’ve reached out to our metal brethren across the land, asking that they contribute prose to our recent series of guest columns. We ran a recent series on Five Albums That Will Change You, and the response was overwhelming.

The new topic is Three Bands You May Not Know About But Should, and we asked that each guest writer jot down a brief description of what makes each band worthy of our attention. Today, we continue this ongoing series with an entry written by Erik Larson from Hail!Hornet, Alabama Thunderpussy, and Parasytic.

Imagine, if you will, a band that made you afraid. A band that you knew might turn on you in the blink of an eye and make the live performance about kicking your ass, literally. That was Swiz. A band from but not of the D.C. hardcore scene, they never played nice. I’ve seen them dozens of times; hell, I even wrote a fan letter to the singer, mad as hell when they broke up, and sent it to his mom’s house. They embodied everything about the complexity that I was feeling growing up. Metal with a punk attitude and yet steeped in jazz and blues. They released two albums, but you can get the discography from Jade Tree.

OK, so I’m biased for this band since they’re from my town (Richmond, Virginia) and a few of them I’ve played in a band with. Regardless, Suzukiton represented the best new hope for RVA math metal. They were — and I say were because they broke up — an incredible band that engaged the listener. When you watched them, it felt like you were being told a really cool secret. They were instrumental. They made me want to sing. Suzukiton has one official release out on Loss Recordings, though they recorded a second record that hasn’t been released. Get it.

Biblical Proof of UFO’s
Originally from Cleveland, and still playing in their adopted home of Los Angeles, this band should be huge. I first encountered Biblical Proof of UFO’s by having the luck of getting to see them live when they were still an instrumental band in the ’90s. When they moved to the West Coast, they decided it was time to vocalize their vision and the story became a very lush rock n’ roll experience. I’ll put it this way — if you like the angular attack of Helmet, the pop sensibility of Weezer, and the sarcastic humor of Lewis Black, Biblical Proof of UFO’s is for you. Start with their amazing album Interstellar Messages and dig in from there. You’ll be happy you did

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