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We Are Not a Glum Lot 

Indie Rock/Pop

We Are Not a Glum Lot
  • Bradley Flora

Style of music, in 10 words or less: "Atmospheric music made with emotions"

Three artists they owe everything to: Their parents, Nirvana, Radiohead

Members: Sam Erickson (vocals, guitar), Zac Blum (bass, vocals), John Carey (drums, vocals)

Debut performance: 2009

Recordings: We Are Not a Glum Lot (2014)

Why they matter: Winners in this category for three of the last four years, We Are Not a Glum Lot got their start as high-school kids playing house parties and all-ages clubs. It would take five years and a couple hundred gigs before they got around to releasing their self-titled debut CD this past February. Produced by Ryan Spradlin of El Toro de la Muerte, it features instrumentals with weird time signatures alongside more vocal-driven tracks that combine Weezer-style pop with dronier post-rock atmospherics. With the recent departure of electric violinist Colin Foxwell, the band is focusing on what frontman Sam Erickson describes as a "stripped-down power trio" sound with a less-is-more attitude. We Are Not a Glum Lot are currently writing new material as a three-piece for a sophomore effort that will hopefully arrive before its 10-year anniversary.

2nd place: El Toro de la Muerte

3rd place: 4 Moons

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