Music

new music from one of my latest favorite bands, Ahem!

September 16, 2019

Sometimes all it takes to find a new favorite band is one song, and with their newly-released single “Sideways,” today that band may be Minneapolis’ ahem. Ebullient yet profound, ahem takes a page out of the books of bands like Superchunk, P.S. Eliot, and Sugar,  and “Sideways” is the perfect distillation of how they combine these inspirations with their own undeniable charms.

The propulsive, melodic guitar crashes through a cascade of intertwining vocal leads between core members Erik Anderson (guitar) and Alyse Emanuel (drums) and pulsating rhythm from bassist Courtney Berndt, and just like that, the song is etched into your brain like initials on a tree.

A childlike sense of wonder has served as a reliable muse for ahem since their formation in 2015, following two well-received EPs, Just Wanna Be (2016) and Chutes and Ladders (2018). But as they prepare to release their debut album via esteemed indie label Forged Artifacts later this fall, that wonder seems to have been bruised a little. For the first time, the doubts of adulthood have begun to creep in like blood vessels around the edge of a shiner; and it’s this thoughtful transition that marks what will undoubtedly be one of the strongest indie debuts to be released this year.

Music

new music from one of my latest favorite bands, Ahem!

September 16, 2019

Sometimes all it takes to find a new favorite band is one song, and with their newly-released single “Sideways,” today that band may be Minneapolis’ ahem. Ebullient yet profound, ahem takes a page out of the books of bands like Superchunk, P.S. Eliot, and Sugar,  and “Sideways” is the perfect distillation of how they combine these inspirations with their own undeniable charms.

The propulsive, melodic guitar crashes through a cascade of intertwining vocal leads between core members Erik Anderson (guitar) and Alyse Emanuel (drums) and pulsating rhythm from bassist Courtney Berndt, and just like that, the song is etched into your brain like initials on a tree.

A childlike sense of wonder has served as a reliable muse for ahem since their formation in 2015, following two well-received EPs, Just Wanna Be (2016) and Chutes and Ladders (2018). But as they prepare to release their debut album via esteemed indie label Forged Artifacts later this fall, that wonder seems to have been bruised a little. For the first time, the doubts of adulthood have begun to creep in like blood vessels around the edge of a shiner; and it’s this thoughtful transition that marks what will undoubtedly be one of the strongest indie debuts to be released this year.

Music

new music from one of my latest favorite bands, Ahem!

October 29, 2019

Sometimes all it takes to find a new favorite band is one song, and with their newly-released single “Sideways,” today that band may be Minneapolis’ ahem. Ebullient yet profound, ahem takes a page out of the books of bands like Superchunk, P.S. Eliot, and Sugar,  and “Sideways” is the perfect distillation of how they combine these inspirations with their own undeniable charms.

The propulsive, melodic guitar crashes through a cascade of intertwining vocal leads between core members Erik Anderson (guitar) and Alyse Emanuel (drums) and pulsating rhythm from bassist Courtney Berndt, and just like that, the song is etched into your brain like initials on a tree.

A childlike sense of wonder has served as a reliable muse for ahem since their formation in 2015, following two well-received EPs, Just Wanna Be (2016) and Chutes and Ladders (2018). But as they prepare to release their debut album via esteemed indie label Forged Artifacts later this fall, that wonder seems to have been bruised a little. For the first time, the doubts of adulthood have begun to creep in like blood vessels around the edge of a shiner; and it’s this thoughtful transition that marks what will undoubtedly be one of the strongest indie debuts to be released this year.