Here are my Top 5 local singles of the year.
1. Mooses – “Bette Davis”
“Bette Davis” is the most exhilarating six-minute rush to come out of WNY in 2014. The track’s blistering psych rock riffs, soaring vocals and a warp speed melody make the Fredonia-bred band one to watch in the coming year.
2. The Lindbergh Babies – “Medicine of the Lonely”
On an album full of great influences, singer Brandon Delmont signs in from outer space while conjuring up Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce on the sly look at the root, and maybe even cure, of man and woman’s biggest issue.
3. Bryan Johnson & Family - “Cerulean Eyes”
The most pristine and focused tune from Buffalo’s lake-pop four piece. The song’s stellar production, sunny guitar lines, and layered vocals could make even the worst Buffalo winter day seem hopeful.
4. Damian – “You Don’t Need It”
The long-time mumble core folkie released his fantastic sophomore LP earlier this year, which was led off by the celestial title track that implores its listeners to cut out life’s fat.
5. T.M.M.C. – “Too Many Faces in the Crowd”
A late edition to my year-end list, T.M.M.C.’s single is capped off by vocalist Bill Nehill’s absolutely devastating chorus. While not a song for the heavy hearted, “Too Many Faces in the Crowd” may be the dose of humbling reality one needs to finally move on and get better.
Mac McGuire is the editor of BuffaBLOG