Straight Outta Bandcamp is a regular feature on BDCwire that digs up solid recent releases from various artists in the wild Internet dreamland known as Bandcamp. A bit too much time spent tag-surfing the bandcamp pages of rockers near and far can yield extremely enjoyable results. Luckily, we’re here to share our discoveries with you.
Boston’s latest wave of basement rock stalwarts saw the fruits of its labor come to life in a big way about a year ago. Krill, Speedy Ortiz, Kal Marks, Grass is Green, and a pretty hefty bunch from the same posse seemed to all be getting their deserved doses of recognition, most continuing to ride the momentum of that high. With such an instrumental pilgrimage of bands putting our fine Commowealth on the map for the rest of the country to find, 2014 has turned folks on to even more bands sprouting out of Boston. One of these acts is Jamaica Plain trio IAN, whose latest self-titled EP on BUFU Records is a promising dollop of summertime vibes, shaking off a bit of the aggression that has become signature of local rock and instead putting some more sonic heft behind pleasant pop constructions.
“YOu Confuse Me” is a perfect example. Lyrics that remain sentimental without getting lost in an introspective whirlwind perfectly complement the trio’s excitable chord progressions. If Saralee, Frankie Cosmos, and The Cranberries were all thrown into a cauldron, it would be crowded and painful, but the resulting magical stew would likely be reminiscent of the tasty jams of IAN. Check out the EP streaming below, and swing by the Democracy Center on September 13 to catch them playing as part of the BUFU End of Summer Bash.