With summer in full swing here in the Twin Cities, it’s only natural to hear those tunes cranked and blasting out of the rolled down windows. If you enjoyed the first installment of this story, you’ll love the follow-up. Minneapolis and St. Paul is overflowing with great musicians and even better music. Switching gears with this list, it starts off with some harder tracks and leads into a finer, more relaxed ending. To finish your local summer playlist, here is part two with five more songs from local bands.

6) “Bloodshot Eyes” by Throw The Fight

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Ready for something a little… harder? The alternative metal group Throw the Fight is the perfect change of pace. “Bloodshot Eyes” is their latest single and has been embraced and praised by Atreyu and Bullet for My Valentine fans. Lead singer James Clark gives everything in this track and shows off the vocal range he possess. Throw the Fight just finished their studio time in Los Angeles and are preparing for a fall album release. This song is a must at any large summer party or if you are in need of some serious rocking out.

“Bury me before my heart just stops beating.
Close your eyes.
And tell me why this is breaking.
My whole heart is torn into pieces.”

“Bloodshot Eyes” is available on their website and iTunes. Throw the Fight consists of James Clark, vocals, Ryan Baustert, guitar, Jeff Baustert, drums, Brian Foster, bass, Kevin Beck, guitar.

7) “The Bronze Outfit” by Tepetricy

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Following suit with the hard rock vibe, No. 7 comes from local rockers, Tepetricy. “The Bronze Outfit,” touted in an album review as “the blockbuster hit,” comes packed with heavy guitars, guttural screams and deep singing by front man, Steven Fremling. Off their latest album Intangibles of Tomorrow, “The Bronze Outfit” is sure to get you up and moving. This power packed track is perfect for exploding out the windows of your car on a hot summer afternoon. Or, when you’re driving downtown for a night of fun.

“Forget what’s
Been left unseen now.
Listen to
The thoughts and dreams.”

“The Bronze Outfit is available on their website and iTunes. Tepetricy consists of Steven Fremling, vocals, Aaron Peterson, guitar, Victor Quade, keyboards, William Campbell, bass, and Robin Rapsys, drums.

8)”River Valley Town” by Drift Effect

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Taking a complete opposite glance into the Minneapolis scene, we slow things down as the list enters the last part. Although Drift Effect went their separate ways last year, it didn’t stop them from creating a final, and possibly best album to date. The Temporal End, released June 15, 2011, showcases the growth and lasting power this band had. Sensual guitars tangle perfectly with front man Ray Smart’s voice to grip the listener with sound and lyric. This track, easily, is the perfect song to sit by Lake Calhoun and blast or relax under the summer sun with.

“No longer angry.
It’s just your way.
In this play where
Nothing ever changes.
You don’t know me.”

“River Valley Town” is available on their website and iTunes. Drift Effect consists of Ray Smart, vocals, Marc Hedman-Dennis, guitar, Ben Roselius, guitar, Nate Heinz, bass and Adam Schmid, drums.

9) “The Door” by Blood Root Mother

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Continuing to keep things at a slower pace, “The Door” is that last track on Blood Root Mother’s debut album, The Rabbit Hole. This song has an almost tantric and intoxicating feel with chimes, a rainstick, and engaging lyrics. The smooth sounds of this song fit perfectly into a fleeting summer evening around a campfire or sitting at one of the thousands of lakes here in Minnesota.

“He crawls into you like a dream without an end.
The meaning changes as you realize the trend.
The broken promises, the chains of ghosts of time.
They have may have drained your life.
They never altered mine.”

“The Door” is available on their website and iTunes. Blood Root Mother consists of Barry Costanzi, keyboards and vocals, Ryan Gaskill, vocals and guitar, Bob Kanawyer, bass, Rob Newton, vocals and guitar, Andy Persons, guitar, and Elliot Weiner, drums.

10) “Days at the Depot” by Semeron

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Wrapping up this local playlist is “Days at the Depot,” another slow song that tastes well with bonfires and boat rides at sunset. The smooth vocals of lead singer Adam Hanson give a sort of calm and ease to the song, which makes it that much easier to listen to. The simple acoustic song has power through words and the thoughtfulness of the lyrics. “Days at the Depot” is a track off Semeron’s latest album, Destroying the Monster.

“Before I fall asleep tonight
I think about the times I’ve lost.
Before I fall asleep tonight
I think about the wars I’ve fought.”

“Days at the Depot” is available on their website and iTunes. Semeron consists of Adam Hanson, vocals, J.R. Westberg, guitar, Jeff Gyllen, bass and vocals, Nick Ford, guitar, and Jesse Farrell, drums.

Emily Buss is a music journalist from Minneapolis and author of On the Rechord blog. On the Rechord is a music site dedicated to the local music scene in the Twin Cities. Emily writes concert and album reviews, band and artist profiles, and provides information about local shows. A college graduate with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Journalism, Emily has been professionally writing for newspapers and online outlets for six years. You can find Emily at www.ontherechord.com , on Facebook at On the Rechord and on Twitter @TheEmilyB.

Comments (12)
  1. Jen Johnson says:

    This is the biggest joke of a list I’ve ever seen….expand your local music scene experiences outside of these mediocre acts that specialize in regurgitating what the main stream is already shoving down our throats. Such a waste of time, and shame on you for sending people in the wrong direction when there is so much talent in the local area. So dumb.

    1. Anon says:

      Its called an OPINION article. Get use to them.

    2. Flegegoogoo says:

      Did you even listen to blood root? They’re actually really good. Like…years ahead of their time good.

    3. Rsgo211 says:

      Somebody sounds jealous…grow -up!!!

  2. Still Jen says:

    Where’s Solid Gold? Trampled by Turtles? P.O.S? The Blind Shake? Doomtree? I could sit and list local bands all day that are better than the ones that you have here.

    1. Frankie says:

      Thumbs up on the Blind Shake! My cousins are in that band. We can excuse them being neglected as some people’s taste is all in their mouths. However, we know what’s up and that’s what counts. Word of mouth is everything.

  3. trl the alligator says:

    would rather hear good bands playing Skynyrd, acdc, blue oyster cult, and such…….all this stuff they make up is nowhere near as good as the classics.

    1. TM says:

      Classics are good but, i’m tired of hearing the same ol stuff. Time we have some originals out there, instead of copy cats.

  4. Tim says:

    This list does leave off some good bands, no doubt, and some of the bands listed are pretty mainstream meh…but there are some hidden gems here as well. Blood Root Mother and Semeron are both great bands that nobody has heard of, and both bring unique music to the table.

  5. guessme says:

    Chester Bay should be listed here, they are a pretty good group, original music, great sound etc. The twin cities actually has a rather large, extensive music scene compared to most states. I think CCO should do a top 50 list. We have quite a few great bands, that were not listed, that should have been.

  6. Marc says:

    I always love when people harp on opinion articles.

    Honestly, the bands in the Current scene (hipster bands, if you will) are getting the MOST press/radio/national attention out of any of the sub-genres within the scene. It’s almost a cop out to choose Solid Gold, Jeremy Messersmith or the now defunct Lookbook, because they ARE the mainstream bands.

    Each one of these acts, despite what is happening in the mainstream, are still doing their own thing. Johnnyrook especially has been making groundbreaking music for close to a decade. To call these acts ‘regurgitating mainstream’ is not only insulting, it’s simply inaccurate.

    There are a lot of good bands in the uptown scene – but there are a lot of good bands that don’t fit in with that scene as well.

  7. LindaLu says:

    Shoulda figured I wouldn’t see The Root City Band in this “list”….oh well, some people just don’t go outside of their little box…..

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