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Who is the most underrated indie band?

Asked by rockstar (675points) June 19th, 2008

I don’t necessarily mean indie as a style of music. I mean independent as in an unsigned band or one signed to an independent label. Some of my picks-Mute Math, Sleeping At Last, The New Frontiers, Vedera, And They Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Bright Eyes, Cursive, etc.

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jrpowell's avatar

Defiance, Ohio..

And all their music is free from here. It is acoustic punk.

beast's avatar

Neutral Milk Hotel

chutterhanban's avatar

Sleeping At Last is DEFINITELY at the top of the list. another band is The Format. they released one album on a “label” and then their newest one (Dog Problems) was released indie because their “label” rejected the new sound of the album. unfortunately, The Format is no longer a band, but they have 2 albums, an EP, a little live audio, and a DVD—all worth it!

lefteh's avatar

While I love Neutral Milk Hotel, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s would have to be my answer. It’s not so much that they’re underrated as they are unknown.

mteutsch's avatar

Fleet Foxes.

aidje's avatar

I agree about Sleeping at Last. I would add Rogue Wave as well. As far as I’m aware, they don’t get a whole lot of recognition, although they did have a song on the TV show Heroes, which is where I discovered them.

I don’t think Mute Math really qualifies as Indie, though. The whole Warner Music Group thing, you know? Major-label distribution is a good thing to have. :-) But it is true that Mute Math is under-rated.

peedub's avatar

Guided by Voices. These guys started it all and so many kids these days haven’t even heard of them.

Just look at that list of albums…

ebenezer's avatar

Lou Barlow / sentridoh

aaronou's avatar

I’d have to give another vote for Sleeping At Last, and perhaps Lydia should be another one considered.

Breefield's avatar

Death From About 1979 is freaking amazing.

mssamayray's avatar

Neutral Milk Hotel is great.
for sure.
along with The Format as listed above.
but you should check out:

Blonde Redhead
Au Revoir Simone

they’re all great.
promise. ”)

rockstar's avatar

@aidje-you are right about Mute Math, I had forgotten about the whole Warner Bros deal. Glad to see a lot of Sleeping At Last fans. Has anyone seen them live? So, so good.

Knotmyday's avatar

Pelican. Unfortunately, their server crashed, so the site is shite, except for the online store. That’s odd.

kapuerajam's avatar

mute math rocks!

chutterhanban's avatar

hey, i mentioned both sleeping at last and the format above. they are both great bands to listen to as an entry to indie music. i know the postmaster said that he means indie as in “independent of a record label” not as in the genre, but i thought i’d add it just to clarify!

and while i’m at it, i can’t leave without giving props to the individual who suggested Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s. They’re an indianapolis band that just about anyone can like. i have “straight edge” indie friends who listen to it as well as friends who wouldn’t be caught dead with an “indie” album. ENJOY!

mteutsch's avatar

Hayden and Jeremy Enigk Enough said. They aren’t bands, but they are indie and musicians. I also agree with Lou Barlow. Folk Explosion and Sebadoh are classic.

lefteh's avatar

Chutterhanban: I’ve honestly never met anybody else that has even heard of Margot. Exciting!

damianmann's avatar

Times New Viking

rockstar's avatar

How Dear and the Headlights, anyone heard of them?

Disc2021's avatar

@lefteh – I have heard of Margot and what I’ve heard I thought was decent. Any of their stuff you could recommend?

Neutral Milk is pretty good but I get tired of them easily. The Decemberist’s are my favorite =D – but they seem to be getting more recognition.

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