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CMJ Photos: The Griswolds, Strange Talk, Holychild on a Boat!

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on October 22, 2013

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  • O Captain! My Captain!
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  • Strange Talk
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  • Photo: The Griswolds Channel Titanic 2013 by Laura Baker-Finch

    New York City -- It can be difficult to set your showcase apart during CMJ Music Marathon. At any given time you have multiple options of where to be and hundreds of artists you could be seeing. Even if you know which band(s) you want to catch during the week, you then have to decide which of their showcases to attend. Bottom line, the where of these showcases often come into play as the deciding factor.

    Don't want to be crammed? Choose Bowery Ballroom over Pianos. Want multiple options close by in case one's a dud? Head to one of Webster Hall's three venues. Want to see the statue of liberty and buy a round of shots for a band while another one is playing? Get on a boat...

    The Wind-Up Records & 'Stache Media "It's a F*ckn' Boat Party!" offered just that. Rather than squeezing into a packed club and fighting my way to a bar, I had the sun on my face, wind in my hair, and good 'ole Lady Liberty in view - not to mention the four bands in attendance to offer some auditory pleasure. Northern Faces, Holychild, The Griswolds, and Strange Talk one-upped their CMJ peers by enduring turns, waves, and drunkeness to give us a show.

    Click through for our favorite shots of the day, including the bands, the sights, and fellow partygoers of the East River.

  • The Griswolds

    "The chameleons of pop" reads The Griswolds' bio and while it's too early in their career to attest to the chameleon part, the latter qualifier holds true. The Triple J Unearthed winners from Sydney, Australia, made a big splash at CMJ this year, playing every day of the festival. While they may look more like rockstars than they sound, there's no denying their exuberance and all round good vibes. They're fun, they'll make you dance, and if they're drunk on a rocking boat they'll probably hit each other in the head with a guitar.

    The Griswolds are set to expand on their 4-track EP this November for an early 2014 release; here's to hoping "Mississippi" won't be the last of their dynamic sing-along choruses and group vocals.

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  • O Captain! My Captain!

  • Holychild

    LA-based Holychild features core members Louie Diller and Liz Nistico who met in Washington D.C. while Diller played accompanist to Nistico's dance classes. The duo make easy-to-listen to indie pop, but with a message. The tracks may seem mindless in their danceability, but upon closer inspection they touch on topical issues like a woman's relationship to sex, food, and stereotypes.

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  • Strange Talk

    My CMJ came full circle during Strange Talk's set, the Aussie electro-pop foursome that I first encountered during CMJ 2012. Strange Talk's members range from backgrounds in DJing to classical violin training, a mix that translates into their unique, fusion tracks.

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    See Also:

    CMJ Photos: Menomena, The Helio Sequence, and Pattern is Movement at Webster Hall
    CMJ Photos: Half Moon Run, Ghost Wave, Traumahelikopter at FILTER's Culture Collide Showcase
    Music Monday Playlist: CMJ 2013 Standouts