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    The Trabajabas (Ska) - Pittsburgh, PA

    The Spanish word “trabajaba” loosely translates to “used to work.” One alternative ska band thought it would be clever to name their band, The Used-to Workers, thus calling themselves, The Trabajabas. The Pittsburgh band really stands out from the small predominantly pop-punk music scene in the area. Their large band and band instruments aren’t hard to spot, and their wide variety of ska and indie songs are easy to notice among the other bands. “We’re that unique band that kind of throws people off a bit when they see us. In a good way, of course.” Says the band.
        The first ska band attempt was a no-go, the band was attempted and quickly failed. The following year in November 2009, the band tried again. This time taking it much more serious and it worked. “It all just started off as a group of somewhat strangers that got together through some mutual friendships. We basically just wanted to start a ska band.” The band didn’t truly evolve into their current sound until the addition of Aaron Rodden in the fall of 2010, bringing the member count to 9.

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    Dreams From Gin (Alternative) - Rochester, NY

        With a unique and fitting name, Rochester alternative rock band, Dreams From Gin, has racked up quite the interesting resume. The band opened for Local H, which happened to be guitarist/vocalist Tyson Prince’s childhood rock n’roll band, in Syracuse and opened for Grammy-nominated artist, Chris Trapper in fall 2010. The band was also featured in the PS3 and PC video game, Beat Hazard Ultra.
        The band’s home base is Rochester, New York where they are very proud with their local music scene. “Rochester has a popular local music scene lurking beneath the surface. We have two popular radio stations, 90.5 WBER and 89.7 WITR that constantly plays local indie music. We have several clubs, including the BugJar, that constantly books national and local bands of all flavors.” Although the band has a hard time fitting into the prominent genres in the area. 

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    We Are Tokyo (Electro-pop) - Bristol, UK

        Inspired by the imagery of the late night cityscapes of Tokyo and the way the city just seems to be pushing it’s boundaries, electro-pop duo We Are Tokyo incorporated the city into their name. “(The name) was memorable, flowed well when spoken and looked good written so it was a keeper.” Says the Alex Fox, band vocalist, who also plays numerous instruments for the band, including synthesizer, bass, and guitar.
        Tom Wheeler, who plays drums and sings back-up vocals, praises the duo’s local music scene in Bristol. “Bristol has always had a great music scene and we are glad to be associate with the city as it is the home of many big name artists. We always love playing in Bristol and get a good vibe every time! So we like to keep involved in the Bristol scene and culture.”

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    The Eversea (Pop-Punk) - Boston, MA

        If you sift through the hardcore and pop-punk bands that make up the music in Boston, MA, you’ll find indie rock band, The Eversea. The band came together in October 2010, just over a year ago, and have since released several singles, have been on the radio and are currently working on a 5-song EP which they hope to release in spring.
        The scene in Boston, again, is filled with all kinds of hardcore and pop-punk bands, making it difficult for bands of a different genre to get a foothold in the scene. “We try to play any show we can get and keep ourselves out in the scene with new material every time.” Says the band.

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    A Piece of The Action (Metal) - Los Angeles, CA

        In the overwhelming music scene found in the Los Angeles/Hollywood area, you’ll find a band at every corner. A Piece Of The Action is one of those bands. The metal band officially formed in late 2009 after about a year’s worth of jam sessions with different hopefuls. 
        The oversaturated music scene in Los Angeles is where the band spends a lot of their time playing shows and practicing. When the band isn’t fine-tuning their own skills, they’re out supporting their favorite local bands. “We also do our best to help the scene grow into the monster it deserves to be by sharing events, cross promoting, and helping with member searches.”

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    Black End Coda (Metalcore) - Downey, CA

    The world is a never ending cycle of darkness and death. At least, that’s what Downey, CA metalcore band, Black End Coda believes. This is represented in not only the band’s name, but in the band’s music as well. In Downey, there isn’t much of a metal scene, so the band has taken to playing surrounding areas, such as Southgate, Huntington Park, and Compton.
        In October 2010, Brian De La Torre (guitar/vocals) was attending Whittier College and wanted to participate in an open mic night held on the campus. Brian asked his friend Devin Keogh to play bass for the performance and Devin agreed, also inviting Brian to play with his band some weekend. After playing together, they decided to make it a permanent set-up.

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    The Dirty Hearts Club (Indie Rock) - Manchester, UK

    In January 2011, The Dirty Hearts Club, an indie rock band from Manchester, UK formed from the remains of their previous project, The Dirty Hands. 3 of the remaining members joined up and initially planned to keep the name before they found out it was taken by an already signed band in London. “we stumbled across the idea to call ourselves ‘The Dirty Hearts’ and the ‘Club’ part felt as though it gave us our own individual identity, like we were beginning an exclusive club that people could be part of.” Says the band.
        “Manchester has been an important city in England’s musical heritage spawning internationally recognized and respected bands and musical figures that has defined musical culture and genre, such as bands like Joy Division, The Fall, The Buzzcocks, The Stone Roses, Happy Monday’s, Oasis, and Elbow. The city’s musical heritage has spawned a vibrant and eclectic ongoing scene. We (the band) all live just outside of the city so as well as getting involved in the music scene there we also play and have put on gigs in smaller suburban towns.”

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    The Siren’s Allure (Trancecore) - Mountain Home, AK

        In Greek mythology, the sirens were seductresses who lured sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. The Siren’s Allure, a trancecore band from Mountain Home, Arkansas and used these mythical creatures as a metaphor. “It’s mainly about how the world tries to lure all of us in with its deception and deceit.” Says the band.
        The two members of the band, Ocean Abernathy and Tyler Haile formed the band in mid-2011. The duo combines metal, electronica, dubstep, and techno to create their trancecore sound and have found it difficult to fit in with the town’s post-hardcore music scene, making it hard for the band to play shows in the area.

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    The Handshake Affair (Rock) - Dessau, DE

    German rock band, The Handshake Affair couldn’t be happier with their local music scene. The band came together in early 2007 in Dessau located in eastern Germany. “Dessau is a small city in eastern Germany and we think we’re really lucky to have such an amazing local music scene. There are lots of cool shows taking place all the time.” Says the band.
        Originally, the band started as basement recordings started by the band vocalist, Eric. With many friends in the music scene playing in bands, he spent a great deal of time watching his friends rehearse and it wasn’t long before he brought together some of his best friends to form the band. The band has been playing shows and shuffling around their line-up for the last few years and are ready to tour the UK in December.

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    Life After Liftoff (Pop-Punk) - Dayton, OH

         Pop-punk band, Life After Liftoff’s name came to vocalist/guitarist, Lee Weiss in the form of a dream. “I usually keep a notepad by my bed for lyrics and one night the name came to me. I spent the next day figuring out what “Life After Liftoff” was going to be.” Says Weiss. Band bassist and back-up vocalist, Jason Sigritz adds,”Even though Lee originally came up with the band name, I think it has taken on a meaning of its own for the rest of us. I personally think of it, as simply being a statement from someone that has made it through something traumatic in their lives only to discover that there is infinitely more out there.”
        The music scene in Dayton, Ohio is home to the band and is filled with indie, metal, and hardcore bands. “We are definitely the odd ones in the area. Though I think that is refreshing to people in the area and that is part of why we have started to gain a foothold here. I would say we are very active in the local music scene, participating in festivals, contests and playing a local show at least once or twice a month.” Says Sigritz. “We like to bring everyone together and really feed off the energy of great bands. We also like to incorporate belly dancing and cirque du soleil into our shows Jason and I are really flexible.” Says Weiss.

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