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3 Bands From URI You Need to Check Out

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The University of Rhode Island, made up of over 16,000 students, has an eclectic music scene. The campus can be split into two distinct groups: hip-hop fans and an indie/folk group. Of course, there are exceptions, but these two genres are prominent throughout campus. Artists like Fetty Wap and Iggy Azalea have recently paid a visit to the school, along with Passion Pit and New Politics. Smaller bands perform on campus as well, playing in the 193 Degrees Coffeeshop, WRIU radio station, and at events hosted by the Student Entertainment Committee. Here are 3 bands you’ve gotta check out at The University of Rhode Island. 


The Cranks

The Cranks at Worchester Polytechnic Institute in 2015. Photo source: The Cranks' Facebook Page.

The Cranks at Worchester Polytechnic Institute in 2015. Photo source: The Cranks’ Facebook Page.

The indie/rock trio from Dunstable, Massachusetts, The Cranks, have become well-known around the New England area for their striking and inviting sound. Drummer Connor Gowland, bassist Alex Markoski, and vocalist/guitarist Haley Gowland received inspiration from bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and Two Door Cinema Club, but have a similar sound to bands Paramore and The Strokes. The band has released two albums over the past five years, and have played hundreds of shows around the area. In 2015, guitarist Connor Storms joined the band, and The Cranks released Cute Hat EP. So far, these musicians had the honor of sharing the stage with bands Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and 3OH!3. Catch them at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts on April 8 or at The Wheelhouse in Narragansett on April 15. Find The Cranks’ music here and updates here.  

He Heard Footsteps

Photo source: He Heard Footsteps' Facebook page.

Photo source: He Heard Footsteps’ Facebook page.

Instrumental post-rock band, He Heard Footsteps, consists of four music majors from the university. Guitarists Alex Barnhart and Bruce Hagist, Bassist Garrett Campbell, and drummer Billy Hagist joined together in 2014, and have released a five track EP entitled, Tomorrow Without You. The band has an ambient, intriguing sound, which stems from the members’ various music tastes. Barnhart said that the members have a lot of respect for bands Explosions in the Sky, Caspian, and Mogwai. In January, the band played at Viva in Providence, and He Heard Footsteps are currently working on new music. For tour dates, check their Facebook page and listen to He Heard Footsteps on their Bandcamp here.


Wax On

Photo source: Wax On's Facebook page.

Photo source: Wax On’s Facebook page.

Drummer Mike Colucci, guitarist Luke Pelletier, guitarist/vocalist Dan Cady and bassist Nick Capezzuto make up Wax On, a ska/raggae/punk band. Although the band originally formed nine years ago in Redding, Massachusetts with only members Cady and Capezzuto, the duo met Colucci and his cousin, Pelletier, at the university. The band’s inspirations include artists Bob Marley, Dirty Heads, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2014, members released four songs onto their Bandcamp, which was recorded in the basement of AEPi’s URI chapter. Wax On is set to play at URI Musician’s Guild’s event on March 11 in the Memorial Union at the university. Check out their music here and updates/tour info here.

About Olivia Perreault

Olivia is a junior journalism major, with a double minor in English and communication studies at the University of Rhode Island. She's working on becoming a music journalist so she can share her love for the grooviest tunes with the world. Her music range is wide, varying from punk and metal to indie and folk. Catch her crowdsurfing at a show in NYC or writing poems in a coffeeshop.

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1 Comment

  1. don't want to write my paper

    April 22, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Great article, totally what I needed.

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