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Friday, May 31, 2013

Punk: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

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Doom Town

Doom Town won best punk band last year. Will its haunting melodies and tales of European debauchery coast them past the finish line once again in 2013? It seems possible; the band hasn't eased up on its work ethic since its return to American soil, and a new recording was just finished up to stand next to the one the members have been touring on for the past couple of years. A St. Louis spin is represented well in Doom Town's sound, bringing to mind bands such as the Wipers (writers of the song that is DT's namesake), the Vicious, Imperial Leather and X, but never sounding like a rehashing of influences. -Jimmy Eberle


Maximum Effort

This conspiracy-rock for cautious punks tears through notions of well-being in our river city. Frontman Zeng belts out vocals like a sideways preacher, gasping for air between words telling of the shadow government and imparting cautionary tales that feel like dangerous anthems. Striking guitar riffs drive alien conspiracy theory with a damaged vehicle. Maximum Effort asks you to heed its call — after all, this is not a band; it is an awareness group. Behind the curtain is a revelation, an enlightenment built on power chords and feedback. Maximum Effort feeds our fears with what could very well be the truthiest of truths. -Joseph Hess

Previously: - Post Hardcore - Rock - Soul/Funk - Jazz - Hard Rock - Hardcore - R&B - Singer/Songwriter - Pop - Indie Rock - Psych - Folk - Electronic/Dance - Experimental - Cover - Country - Blues - Chamber Pop - Metal - Americana

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