Five Local Bands Who Should Be Huge in 2012
|Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly|
Orange's Kiev set the local music scene a-twitter with their stereoscopic 3D performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts with Menomena in May. Three-demensional projections of stoney illustrations and lava lamp-like goo floated onstage as they played. Beyond a cool light show, it's their tight and technical brand of indie rock that keeps Kiev on top of the local music consciousness. Their song "3rnd" was featured on RollingStone.com as a free download in December. "Found! The Real Found!" was featured on Paul Frank's Accademy of Awesome CD.
Railroad to Alaska
|Mary Bell/OC Weekly|
If you look at Orange County's history of super successful musical imports of the last decade, you'll see several hard rock acts at the top of the list; Avenged Sevenfold, Throwdown, Atreyu. And while surf punk, Americana and indie rock dominate OC's music scene, one band really comes to the foreground when talking metal: Railroad to Alaska. Their precise-yet-carnal sound transcends into a larger local audience because of their lyrics and wild live concerts.