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We are pleased to announce the the NHM Artists of the Month for May 2011 are….The Guru and The Proud Flesh!! Although our original intention with this series was to highlight one up and coming band and one established band, these two groups show so much promise at the moment that we had to break our own rules and highlight them both (that is, the ‘up and coming’ category). Who knows? Maybe next month we’ll highlight two established bands instead… Without further ado…The Guru and The Proud Flesh…
The Guru are a four-piece indie-rock band based in the suburbs of Waterbury, CT. who, over the past couple of years, have garnished a dedicated following throughout the state, both for their high energy shows and for their original sound. Upon first listen, the band’s music most closely resembles that of 80’s underground heroes The Minutemen as well as fellow locals, Kimono Draggin.’ Their sound differs slightly however with the often intricate sonic textures created by the band’s dual guitarists combined with a definite funk influence. What surprises most people when they first hear this band though is their age (all of them, as of this article, are still in high school). Not only is the quartet well rehearsed, they are solid players through and through, easily surpassing the proficiency of most bands in their age group (and probably many beyond).
Currently the Guru is prepping their new album ‘Native Sun’ to be released June 11th. In lieu of this album, the Guru will be releasing new single ‘Arizona’ for free this Friday, May 6th via the group’s Bandcamp page. Also, the Guru will be playing two relatively high profile shows this month: May 9th at the Space with California’s The Growlers and as part of the coveted locals lineup at this year’s BombFest. But enough talking, check this band out now!
New Haven, CT.’s The Proud Flesh are a four-piece indie/folk/bluegrass band whose updated take on authentic Americana has gained them praise both by local audiences and by the musical community as a whole. Led by songwriters Alexander Burnet and Patrick Dalton, the Proud Flesh first gained attention on the local scene in 2010 with the release of their debut album Tiny Picture Frames. With their mix of traditional folk styles, lush arrangements and instantly hummable melodies, its hard not to be carried away by this band. Most often compared to groups like Dr. Dog, The Mountain Goats and Wilco, the Proud Flesh’s music is so organic its almost tangible, just waiting to be plucked from the night air and placed in your hand (or, in this case, your ear). Although referencing all manner of folk and blues styles, their songs never sound contrived and instead bleed sincerity in the best ways possible. For anyone remotely interested in folk, bluegrass, blues and/or country, with a bit of a modern context, the Proud Flesh are your band.
The Proud Flesh will be making a series of live appearances this month including shows at the People’s Center (as part of the ‘Great Day in May‘) on May 7th, Cafe 9 with Holly Golightly on May 8th and a near residency (May 3rd, 17th and 31st) at the Outer Space as part of the venue’s ongoing ‘Tuesday Night Honky Tonk’ series. Best get your ears and stomping feet ready.
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