Long Islanders Voted Brand New Best Band on Long Island!
Doesn’t it make you proud to rock out with a band from your hometown? Keeping your rock star neighbors on your IPod is even cooler! But who made it to the top of Long Island’s playlists this year? We bring you this year’s winners for Best Band from Long Island on Long Island.
1. Brand New
It’s been an amazing ride for Brand New: from Levittown kids writing killer power-pop tunes to the visionary artists behind 2009’s masterful and diverse Daisy (the best album in a catalog of exceptional albums). Long Island has always been a fertile ground for musicians, but few in the region’s history have gone on to produce such stunning, forward-thinking and explosive results as Brand New. Most bands, after four albums, are slowing down; Brand New, on the other hand, are just hitting their stride. We can’t wait to see what comes next.
2. Gathering Time
Three part vocals mixed with an acoustic, electric and bass guitar. That describes Gathering Time in a nutshell. However, the trio is much more than that. Glen Roethel, Stuart Markus and Hillary Foxsong use incredible harmonies and stage chemistry to make Gathering Time a favorite on Long Island. Their debut CD Songs of Hope and Freedom puts Long Island on the map of the folk music scene.
3. Nine Days
Nine Days is truly a homegrown band that made it big. They began as winners of WBAB’s Home-grown Talent Search and WLIR’s Best Unsigned band and hit national acclaim with Absolutely (Story of a Girl) in 2000. However, the band did not forget its roots. Lead singer John Hampson recently performed at Alure Home Improvements’ pep rally for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.