Anthem Emo band for all who used to hit up the skatepark on weekends or had their first kiss in the parking lot of their local venue. Members are Michael “Stein” Steinheiser (Singer/Frontman), Anthony Pierri (Guitar), Dominic Pierri (Bass/Backup Singer), Matt Ackman (Guitar), and Jack Mancuso (Drums). Good Hangs is a love letter to kids who came up in the local scene and now slog through mid-level management. The raw but earnest vocal harmonies, catchy guitar riffs, and poignant lyrics amp up the nostalgia for life as a millennial before society’s descent into dystopia. Because even when everything else is sh*t, you and your best friends can still crack open some PBRs, crank up the volume, and sing at the top of your lungs. When there’s nothing to look forward to, look back. There’s no hope, just good hangs.
Gold Steps formed in 2016 to create catchy, powerful music inspired by The Wonder Years, State Champs and Neck Deep. A chance meeting with nonprofit HeartSupport led the band to bring personal experiences with mental health to the forefront, setting the stage for 2018’S thematic EP, Incandescent.Between tours supporting Calling All Captains, Settle Your Scores, Till I Fall and Summer Wars, Gold Steps hit the studio with producer Rick King and Hit The Lights’ Nick Thompson. In 2019, the band dropped singles “Empty Space,” and “Under Attack,” showcasing the band’s strengths, with bright leads and fill-heavy drums supporting dynamic vocal melodies.After nearly a year of silence, Gold Steps re-emerged in 2021 by announcing a new lineup and new music to come. Glimpses on social media showed the band reuniting with Thompson, and teasing more pop-forward hooks. In June of 2021, Alternative Press named Gold Steps to their list of “13 Artists Who Are Reclaiming The Pop-Punk Music. Gold Steps is: Liz Mauritz, Zach Duarte, Ryan Rivas and Alex Maranto.
Sarah Perez and Kelsey Gant are family. And their story of forming a female-fronted punk band together as both cousins and best friends sounds like the plot to the next cult Netflix series.
Joined by guitarists, Andrew Elofson and Noah Sauls, and drummer, Sulove Tripathee, Suitable Miss is serving up an energetic and eclectic blend of nostalgic pop-punk songwriting, blistering metalcore intensity and radio pop sensibility. Like a “coming-of-age” movie about trying to find your place in the world, their music is introspective and emotionally vulnerable.
Definitely Maybe is what you get when a state champion drum major (Sawyer, bass/production), a jazz and blues guitar player (Ian, guitar), and a 2000s-emo shower singer (Courtney, lead vocalist and writer) get together and make music. With a refreshing take on Pop Punk / Rock anthems, Courtney pulls raw and relatable words from broken friendships, hypocrisy she experienced growing up in the church, and her battles with mental health, including losing her sister to suicide in 2020. The catchy hooks and gritty guitar tones contrast the thoughtful themes inside each song, and the storytelling provides a vivid picture for the listeners to get lost in.
As a young band out of Chicago, only one year old, they just released their debut EP “Better Off Undone” streaming everywhere. The tracklist includes nostalgic and dark emo revival “One Thing,” moody and driving “Same Old Same,” a bop-your-head summer love song called “You + Me,” and a classic pop punk breakup anthem, “Silly Song.”
Definitely Maybe is only just getting started.
A Milwaukee person and a Chicago person meet in a bar. Next thing you know, they are making love. After endless hours of passion, they started making music.