Friends, family, we meet again. Same time, same place, to talk about what is hot in the local music scene. First and foremost, I cannot believe how fast time is going. When did we get halfway into August? This is just nonsense. Anyway, I must say, I have had a wonderful summer, seeing so many talented local and national acts in the area. With the beautiful weather, insane amounts of talent, and show rosters to die for, there has been an endless supply of music for me to go see.

This week, I am going to focus the spotlight on another band that sent in their submissions to The Aquarian for us to hear their jams. Anyone out there reading this, trying to get in here, should take note on this process (just throwing it out there). That being said, let’s get into it.

I wanted to expand my local horizons a little further this week, to an area that is still reachable for me and others in this area. Hailing out of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., by way of Jersey and Philadelphia, the band of my liking goes by the name of Silhouette Cities. I am not sure where they got their band name from, how they met, or what they like to do in their spare time, but I do know one thing: I am completely digging their sound and style. Maybe one day we can all sit down over coffee and learn about their life stories, but for now, let’s just talk about what we came here for: the music.

Silhouette Cities are a rock/alternative outfit featuring Phil on guitar and vocals, Mark on drums, Bill on bass, and Donny on the guitar. To best describe themselves, “the hard rock outfit deftly combines elements of alternative, pop, metal, and punk.” This sounds like a recipe for a complete meal, doesn’t it? Truth be told, it does. They have been an active band since about 2008, and have been pushing along ever since.

One of the first tracks I discovered by this band goes by the name of “Snakes And Vultures.” The title alone may scare you away, but the song itself will drag you back in. This song can be found on their album, No Worse For The Wear, which was just released. Just a little side note about this recording: the band recorded this album two summers ago up in Silent Owl Studio in Pine Island, New York. With an album compacted with several good tracks, there is a lot to choose from here.

I also truly love “Anchors” for more than one reason; let’s start with the lyrics. The meaning here goes very deep, and this song could be one that fans of all genres could apply to a specific situation, making it very relatable for emotion. I also really dig “Hurt So Good,” with its up-tempo drumming and superb lead vocals. I highly recommend this album for everyone, because I think music lovers of all genres can find something to suit their fancy here.

I am hoping Silhouette Cities come down the way of the Jersey Shore, or I will have to pack some snacks, hop in my car, and make a road trip. These guys have a lot of talent, and it’s showcased in their recordings. On the contrary, I have yet to see their live set, but I have a gut feeling that it will blow me away equally. Their new album may, however, make you blow your voice out when singing along, so be sure to drink your tea before indulging like I did.

If you want to learn more about these guys, find out some more dirt on their new record, watch some videos, and much more, be sure to head on over to their official website at silhouettecities.com. Over there you can also get links to their social media pages, see exclusive photos, tour dates, and more, so what are you waiting for? You can also download their new record on iTunes and Amazon, stream it on Spotify, and much more. Head on over to their pages and tell them Maria sent you, and I promise you won’t regret it!

I will be back next week with another act of your liking, from near and far, all up and down the East Coast! Step your game up everyone and submit your tunes; I want to hear your stuff! See you next week.

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