8 Phoenix Bands Who Deserve to Be Famous Right Now

Categories: It's 2013, Lists

Gin Blossoms 2013 (Cave Creek)
The Gin Blossoms were ineligible for this exercise.
Sometimes it seems like wishing for a band to be famous is just the most polite way imaginable of wishing for all of its members to lead miserable, unloved, unfulfilling lives. Rest assured that when our writers got together to talk about Phoenix bands who deserve to be famous none of us meant it that way--when we say "famous," we aren't wishing for public meltdowns and twerking against Alan Thicke's son and alienation from all your non-famous friends.

We just mean that it would be cool if more people were listening to their music. (And if they want a verified Twitter account, or something, that'd probably be cool, too.) As the year draws to a close we'll be highlighting lots of bands and artists making a mark on the Valley's music types; here, in no particular order, are eight of them.

Wooden Indian - MIM Music Theater - August 19, 2013 from Dan Moore on Vimeo.


Wooden Indian


We dropped this one in early as a kind of disclaimer about the conceit behind our project--by "should be famous," we are not exactly suggesting we know how they would be famous. We're acting as fans, that is, not as agents. Wooden Indian ought to be famous, because if they were we'd get to hear their Jupiter's-atmospheric songs more often at venues with really expensive sound systems.

Whether that takes a national trend toward more unnerving movie soundtracks, or toward heavy off-kilter pop songs, or even the band landing a major crossover-pop hit with Pink--well, it's not ours to say. But Wooden Indian is the kind of band you hope people who aren't listening to them yet will stumble over. And when you say a band should be famous you're really just hoping for a lot of those moments, one right after the other.


Future Loves Past


Future Loves Past's debut album gave "polish" a good name. "Disco," too. Those weren't the only musical jargon the Tempe natives rehabilitated on All the Luscious Plants, but they were the first ones you had to confront when you listened to it. It's a polished, dance-y, slick -- that's another one -- album.

Everything on the slinky, soulful end of FLP's sound has been turned up over the course of the last year. Sometimes literally: Where the vocals once served as a quiet counterbalance to the steady, forceful rhythm, they're now its swaggering equal. An audible precision escapes through the spacey atmospherics on songs like the stuttering "Lupa."

Future Loves Past is good if you love pop music, and good if you're afraid of pop music. That sounds to us like as good a path as any to national success.

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126 comments
David Moskowitz
David Moskowitz

Don;t work that way. And neither does wihsing people like Miley & Selena Gomez & Bieber go away!

Steve Kalan
Steve Kalan

Loosely tight in the Arizona hall of fame

Jarrod Compton
Jarrod Compton

Missing the new and upcoming band Kid Dynamite and The Blast (excellent guitar work) and the late and great St Ranger.

Andres Hernandez
Andres Hernandez

Wow, I've been playing in an out of the circuit in the valley for almost 20 years... An I haven't heard of one of these bands or artist... Where's Oil, who was awarded by valley listeners an thought to be the next break thru... Fred Green, who's played show with all the big names, even Tim Alexander comes an works with them live, etc.... Greenhaven, with songs on national tv shows... Or GOZ, ranked #1 on internet radio for six months & number one song on 98kupd for almost two months... I know I'm forgetting a lot, Bionic Jive with songs on soundtracks, I think we need a music critic at New Times or I'd rather say music liaison, lol, but yea, where in the hell have I been or where the hell are U going to see what U think are the bands in the Valley that should of made it??? I'm lost, feel like either U or me just moved here cuz I'm clueless to these bands and your insight... Maybe worth checking out... But before U write an article on bands that should of made it... Maybe find out the history & facts on the bands that have been here an SHOULD have made it! Busting they're asses for years... Two cents thrown in, thx, over n out, ;)

Scott Fernandez
Scott Fernandez

I don't agree because Reason Unknown is not on the list! Check em out. They rock!

Josh Skora
Josh Skora

Bob Domestic, The Insects, Span Phly just to name a few...

tntank84
tntank84

You forgot: Halocene, The Black Moods & A Million Pieces

John Cady
John Cady

I saw Mergence at a bar a few months back, they seriously rock

Jeff Ramon
Jeff Ramon

I'd like to know the demographics of those picking the bands.

Kyle Lindquist
Kyle Lindquist

Pride Through Strife Pride Through Strife should be on this list

mstevenz7
mstevenz7

1 - if these bands 'deserve' to be famous they would be 'famous'

2 - why mention the gin blossoms? they're already famous...oh i get it i think - they shouldn't be?

3 - deserve is a hefty word - implies entitled. yes. i read the article  - didn't support the "deserve to be famous" case

4 - what have these bands done that 1000 others haven't that they deserve to be famous?

btw - famous is not synonymous with - good, worthy, influential.  

Zachary Kreitler
Zachary Kreitler

LOL! I read through all of these to see if anyone said, "The Spider Hole". Last comment. Awesome!

snakes6
snakes6

Great band love flp my boys but those are bands that are happening now dude like a phase ready for the next lucky 8 you missed a hand full

robertfordy80
robertfordy80

what about the smoky mountain skull busters and, the impossible ones and, the mob 40's. they never got this kinda press but, these bands never kissed as much ass as these bands do. don't get me wrong i love these bands but, it think its kinda funny that the true underground bands get shuffled aside like, green-haven, casket life, johnny blood and the transfusions, the new romantics, 80-d, the dames, north side king's, the fat skins, stitch hopeless and the sea legs, bro loaf, unemployment party, etc. new times better get a new music journalist that has a real grasp of the local seine. lofl.

Jason Nicklin
Jason Nicklin

Actually you missed all of them, but I don't expect much out of you.

Kingcrusher
Kingcrusher

The band "DINERS" is the best band in AZ.

Rekniht Thinker
Rekniht Thinker

YES i agree with Jules Demetrius def The Insects and honorable mention SkyWriter aka Austin Mitchell.

JohnV4
JohnV4

INEPT HERO NEEDS TO BE ON THIS LIST!

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