Name: The Search for the 13th President
Genre: Heavy Metal
It started as a folk band, but members Max Gleeson and Yuri McLeod decided three years into their band’s run to switch to the coolest new genre– heavy metal. They still retain some of their folk roots in certain songs, and they also veer into screamo other times. Their band has never had a song mentioning Millard Fillmore.
Name: Plates of Plato
Genre: Prog Rock
Dan Thoron, Russell Miller, and Rodney “Coop” Fieldings started their band in 1973 while attending Brown University, bored while taking their freshman literature classes. From then on, they decided to study for their tests by adapting the epic poems and other stories they read into twenty-minute-long rock songs, and this eventually turned into their band’s shtick. They never got a record deal, though, so only a few hundred copies of their first two albums were ever in circulation.
Arab Name, Arab Name, Arab Name is a jazz-funk group based out of Orange, California. Their first album, Ain’t That Bitch Funky?, was met with middling sales and they spent the first four or so years after they formed were spent playing in small clubs and opening for more successful bands. However, their subsequent, more politically charged album, Funk the Establishment, garnered them a devoted following. Their music became more and more relevant in the years following 9/11, with tracks such as “The Government Watches You Funk” and “Funker Buster” becoming anthems for those against the wars in the Middle East.
Genre: Nerdcore Metal
A very hardcore heavy metal group, but with a large focus on NES and Gameboy chiptune sounds to go along with their thrashing guitars and raging drumset. The group formed out of Seattle after meeting at a Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament, and have been performing locally at midnight releases of most major Xbox games since Halo Reach.