Here's a New York City-based indie rock band that you need to hear about—Blonde Otter. Formed in the intellectual melting pot of Fordham University back in 2017, these guys have been making music that effortlessly walks the line between alternative rock, power pop, garage rock, and indie pop. What's impressive? They're still unsigned, which is actually a pretty savvy move in today's indie scene, offering them the freedom to innovate and engage with their audience on their own terms.
Band members Rob and Matt are not just one-trick ponies; they're involved in multiple other active projects, infusing additional flavors into Blonde Otter's already diverse sound. Rob and Matt's involvement in other bands—Pespi and Baby Bird Machine—offers a glimpse into their broader musical influences, from emo and hardcore to alt-pop and psychedelic sounds. Their willingness to explore multiple musical terrains likely contributes to Blonde Otter's unique blend of genres, offering a richer experience for listeners who appreciate the depth.
The band may not have gone on a national tour just yet, but they've been making their rounds in the tri-state area, hopping from NYC to Philadelphia, Delaware, DC, Baltimore, and New Jersey. When they get an offer, they show up, and that's what's helped them build a loyal following. It's not just about the music for these guys; it's about giving you a reason to come back and bring your friends. So, mark your calendars for October 26th when they're back at the Mercury Lounge, this time performing covers of iconic New York artists like Talking Heads and Vampire Weekend.
Speaking of appreciating depth, one can't overlook the band's knack for storytelling. Their debut album weaves through themes of breakups, loss, and isolation while also celebrating new relationships and life itself. It's this emotional range that makes their music relatable and real, an attribute that likely played a part in their successful headlining show at the Mercury Lounge back in 2017. Their ability to connect with their audience through authentic storytelling underscores their potential, making them one of the most engaging acts to keep an eye on in the indie scene.
What caught my attention on their self-titled debut album is how they've paid homage to New York's indie royalty like The Strokes, while still managing to put their unique stamp on that legacy. Tracks like Man Overnight echo the dueling guitar lines and vocal distortions of Julian Casablancas and crew, but also infuse it with Blonde Otter's own distinctive touch. All of this wraps up into an album that draws from generations of musical influences, making it a must-listen from start to finish.
So there you have it—a bit more color to complete the portrait of a band that's as multifaceted as the city they hail from. Trust me, you're going to want to follow Blonde Otter as they continue to make waves in the indie music world.
Be sure to check out our review of Blonde Otter's 2021 self-titled debut studio album. Credit to Blonde Otter's Instagram for all of the included images of the band. Be sure to check them out on Instagram for more content, upcoming shows and updates straight from the band.