ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: SHALLOW POOLS
Ok, so I just listened to the music of the Massachusetts-based band - SHALLOW POOLS - and I'm unbelievably stoked. Their alt-pop sound is fresh and new with catchy melodies, soothing undertones, and a message. Long-time friends Glynnis Brennan (vocals), Jess Gromada (guitar), and Ali Ajemian (drums) state that it was pivotal as they were growing up to see women on stage, especially queer women. As members of the LGBTQIA+ community, shallow pools strive to promote inclusivity and create a safe space for listeners to express themselves through their music. In this male-dominated industry, I'm always happy to see female bands seriously representing in one of my favorite genres. And just yesterday shallow pools teamed up with Substream to premiere their new video for "haunted."
"'haunted' was written about uncertainty and doubts surrounding the future," the band says. "The music video highlights the struggle of overcoming these psychological obstacles standing in your way. We wanted to break free from our own complacency by experimenting with new sounds and pushing ourselves to release a track unlike anything we've done before."
The band released their debut EP spring, last year, combining expressive lyrics, catchy melodies, and rhythmic guitar to create their own spin on the alt-pop genre. They were featured on the Alternative Press "Discover" Spotify playlist, and opened for national touring acts such as Meg & Dia and Jetty Bones. More recently, the group was nominated as New Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards.
What I've always said is one of my favorite things about Asbury Park is our City's innate nature of embracing every single beautiful human. Even in today's age, there are still many narrow, uneducated, unkind people who harbor prejudices against anyone who is different from them. I encourage you to listen to the music of shallow pools and look for opportunities to see them perform live. They are exactly the band that Asbury would celebrate and embrace and I, personally, cannot wait until they visit our neck of the woods! Stay tuned!!
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