Mons Vi, Vern Matz
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Florida Guilt is the debut album by Boston based trio Bay Faction (comprised of James McDermott, Kris Roman, and Alex Agresti). Sonically a departure from their released body of
work, the band explores the duality between bedroom pop
intimacy and the subdued energy of soft rock. Despite the band’s prolificity, Bay Faction have remained relatively quiet since their
EP released in 2015, focusing on honing their craft as both songwriters and recording artists.
Forgoing the formal studio environment, the band tracked the album out of their Bushwick apartment with weekend retreats to drummer Agresti’s home studio. The quiet New Jersey
suburb offered time for the band to mull over every detail and meticulously craft the sound design for the album.
Growing up in the post dot-com bubble, the up cycling of pop culture’s trends accelerate with today’s generation fervent for the nostalgia of kitschy consumer electronics and burgeoning
social media. Deconstructed and repurposed, these artifacts
manifest as a playfully ironic nod to early 2000’s electro pop and indie rock.
For the band, Florida Guilt is a cathartic release. The decrepit state, harboring a decaying population, embodies the ethos of McDermott’s religious upbringing. Plagued by Cat holic guilt
stemming from the repression of his queer identity, McDermott wrestles with inner turmoil and a longing for the innocuous pleasures of youth.
Based in Brooklyn by way of Miami, Mons Vi, combines an electronic-influenced, lo-fi aesthetic with incisive poetry - thriving in emotional territory rarely ventured to in the world of indie pop.
Vern Matz provides indie tunes for your autumn blues. Formed by a group of wide-eyed Yale students, Vern Matz blurs the lines between rock, folk and alternative music. Their sound showcases an earnest approach to songwriting and mature musicianship, echoing the work of seminal artists such as Wilco or The National, to mention a few.
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