“Come” to Earthside
Metal Insider calls Connecticut’s Earthside “a young band that excels at crafting cinematic prog,” which is as succinct-yet-apt description of the band as you’re gonna get. But to be a little more detailed: Earthside sound like the result of a recipe that mixes one part Animals as Leaders and one part Cloudkicker with a dash of This Will Destroy You with a hint of Scale the Summit. Their music is pensive, even when it’s rocking, and they’ve clearly got chops, but it doesn’t feel like they’re overcompensating for a lack of songwriting talent. They’re the kind of band about whom tech dorks will inevitably dork out, but even if you just wanna kick back and smoke a bowl and let the music paint abstract images in your mind, well, that’ll work, too! (Trust me, I’ve tried it.)
Check out Earthside’s “The Closest I’ve Come” below and experience this shit for yourself. The band went all the way to Sweden to record their debut album, A Dream in Static, withDavid Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia) and Jens Bogren (Soilwork, The Ocean); it will be out later this year. Keep your eyes peeled to Earthside’s Facebook page for more details.