Providence is not a big city. Heck, Providence is not a big town. And while we may have had an issue with some of what went into the development of our city’s “Creative Capital” marketing campaign, no one who has spent any time here can deny that there is a whole lot of talent and creativity packed into this little city.
A client recently asked us for music recommendations and we wanted to feature some “locally grown” talent. Is there another city of 150,000 that can put together a line up like this?
THE BARR BROTHERS – Though based in Montreal, the Barr Brothers themselves were born and raised in Providence. (Fun Fact! Their dad is the dentist for several of us here at Nail.)
THE SLIP – they have a huge catalog and do everything from jazz to indie to rock, here are some links:
DEER TICK – They formed in RI and have got some nice national attention recently. Nice fan-made video for the song “Ashamed.”
THE LOW ANTHEM – They’ve gotten big (relatively speaking) with a fancy record label and management and all that stuff. But beautiful, haunting music.
WHAT CHEER BRIGADE - Like your high school marching band only the total, awesome opposite of your high school marching band.
And a couple great bands that used-to-be-local bands that moved to Brooklyn. We forgive them and still consider them ours….
JAVELIN - Light, trippy, electro dance jazz. Or something.
FANG ISLAND – So authentic indie you get the sense they’re embarrassed by just how hooky their tunes are.
I know we haven’t got everybody and please share any blatant oversights in the comments. So come on Knoxville, Chattanooga, Grand Rapids… what’ve you got?