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Say Hello To: Bethesda

is a new feature we’ll be regularly running on The 1st Five where we briefly profile a band who probably isn’t on your radar yet. If you have a band you think needs to be featured feel free to email us.

Kent, Ohio’s Bethesda write pop songs based in a blended combination of folk, mathy rhythms, orchestral flourishes (hand claps, bells, horns, violins, etc), and indie rock. It’s the kind of description you hear at a bar from a friend who just found a new favorite band, but can’t describe them. As the naysayer of friend’s passionate opinions for years let me say I completely understand their pain now. really is all of those things, and the equal measures of each element of their songs is important to their sound. The heart of what keeps one thing from taking too much control over is the pop center of the songs. Obviously talented musicians, show off by creating songs that are devoid of erroneous fluff while being stuffed with different genre quirks. Imagine a 80’s movie montage of She & Him, The Smiths, The Descemberists, The Anniversary and Good Old War playing kick ball. They’re kind of like that.

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