With the 2017 BottleRock lineup including heavy hitters like Maroon 5, Foo Fighters and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, it’s easy to miss all of the amazing up-and-coming bands playing at this year’s music festival. Though main stage acts are cool to catch, it’s good to remember most of them started on smaller stages before they made it big. As with most festivals, it’s hard to choose where to head and which new bands to see, when so many different ones are hitting the stage at the same time. So, we took a look at the long list of more than 80 bands on this year’s lineup poster, and choose a few down toward the bottom of the list that we think you’ll be glad you made a detour to see.
Why you should catch them: Formed from the remnants of Drop, Dead Gorgeous, a band who played on The Vans Warped Tour and all throughout the United States, the members of 888 leave behind gritty guitar riffs and raspy vocals to form a new project.
The band is composed of former Drop, Dead Gorgeous singer Danny Stills, drummer Danny Cooper and synth player Aaron Rothe.
Though the trio continued with the mentioned instrument roles with the exception of Stills joining in on the synth and moments when all members pick up a pair of drumsticks, their sound is nothing like the previously mentioned band.
The group’s new tunes are layered in synthesizer beats, melodic vocals and catchy hooks with infectious beats and are bound to have you dancing along.
Song you hope they play: What a better anthem to cut loose at a festival than “Gold,” with the opening lines of the song boasting “a creature of the night, anything goes.”
Fun fact: Though the band no longer plays hardcore music, the members still do some serious headbanging during live sets, so much so that their hair appears permanently freeze framed.
Recommended if you like: The Unlikely Candidates, Vinyl Theatre, Night Riots.
Why you should catch her: With an electric stage presence and commanding voice reminiscent of a young Florence Welch, Bishop Briggs is a must-see act at this year’s festival. The London-born singer who’s stage name is inspired by the town in Scotland from which her parents hail, started writing her own songs at the age of seven after discovering her love for performing at a Karaoke bar in Tokyo.
At the young age of 24, she speaks well beyond her years and writes soulful, heart-wrenching lyrics speaking of self-reflection. Briggs has contagious, high-powered energy during performances that’s hard to match. Try and keep up with Briggs during her set but be warned, the singers’ feet hardly seem to touch the ground as she leaps around the stage.
Song you hope she plays: While the song “Darkside” speaks of pain and putting up a cold front to keep from getting hurt, the lyrics also explain Briggs’ writing style as she chants “Welcome to my dark side, we’re going to have a good time.”
Fun fact: No horses were harmed in the music video for “Wild Horses.” Despite the song name, the video for the song features plastic carousel horses instead of live ones.
See what else is going on this summer at www.pressdemocrat.com/specialsections/summer.