Songwriting - 3.5 || Music - 4.0 || Vocals - 3.5
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Genre: Indie / Alternative Rock
Key Tracks: Morning Noon and Night
The terms "indie" and "alternative" have become almost as commonly used in today's
music industry as iTunes. Still, no matter how often they're used to describe the scores of
unsigned rock bands in today's music industry, there is always someone who comes
along and epitomizes what indie and alternative truly mean. This time, that someone is
Grown Up Avenger Stuff (GUAS).
Fronted by the vocal talents of Deirdre Kroener, GUAS is mostly comprised of family
members. Tyler Thomsen (Percussion), Hunter Thomsen (Bass), and John Thomsen
(Guitar) come together with Deirdre to create true indie alternative rock music and prove
that Grown Up Avenger Stuff is everything they describe themselves to be: "Your friendly
neighborhood rock band with super powers."
On their 5 song EP release, ALIVE, the band gives us a taste of the Charlotte (NC) music
scene. Reminiscent of bands like Queens of the Stone Age and Florence and the
Machine, GUAS boldly goes where every underground rock band should go. Songs like
"Morning Noon & Night", "Perfect" and "Here" give the band a strong chance at
competing for gigs in today's over saturated market of independent music.
Vocally, Deirdre does a nice job of creating the necessary foreground that every rock
band should have. Her passionate delivery of each lyric and melody draws you in and
keeps you engaged while the Thomsen boys bruise their instruments' egos in the
background. I'd recommend this band to anyone who enjoys alternative indie rock.
Artist: Grown Up Avenger Stuff
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