Up & Coming Bands, P. 1
By: Selene Ball, June 14th, 2021
Tired of the same old music scene? Feeling depressed and lonely because your only social outlet is seeing the same 1980’s band you’ve already seen play 6,667 times this month? Do you feel anxious and overwhelmed when there’s talk about doing something different followed by long, awkward silences? Does the very idea of new music give you heart palpitations, stomach sensations, uncontrollable trembling, and sweaty palms? Is it time for an intervention?
Formed one year prior to Covid in February of 2019 from the remnants of local punk band AGGRESSIVE EXPRESS, founding lab rats Andrew Emerson (lead vocals, bass), Robey McClellan (guitar, backup vocals) and Fred Young (drums, backup vocals) had one mission in mind: Save humanity from certain death by boredom, one song at a time. Intent on creating a unique punk rock sound - complete with chill vibes and cool Periodic Table branding - Emerson comments on the band’s evolution, “We were still determined to make music, but we wanted to go a different direction with it.” Self-describing their strange brew as not quite as hardcore as AGGRESSIVE EXPRESS once was; it’s chi blending at it’s finest… an infusion of catchy hooks crafted in the contemporary fashion, but with an edgy, almost angsty, bite. These Backpacks simply refuse to be categorized or labeled: “I would say our music is mainly pop-punk, but we play a lot of different genres including rap, ska, and metal… There are too many great genres out there for us to just pick one,” says Emerson. The end result is something in the melodic vein of the super snappy and fairly badassy WEEZER, maybe sans the hangover.