Editor’s Playlist #2 – Spring Revival Edition

Our second editor’s playlist features some of the artists performing at this years second annual Spring Revival Festival taking place May 8-11th at Carey Lake in Macedon NY. This family and wallet friendly festival features some of the top up and coming bands in the state, easy access, vending on site, plenty of camping space and non stop music on #2 stages.


Book-ending the playlist and also headlining both Fri and Sat night at the festival is Buffalo’s Aqueous. The AQ boys have played close to 300 shows since 2012 and have been rewarded with an ever-expanding frenetic fan base referring to themselves as “AQuaintances”. Being the bands first 2 night run at a festival they are bound to have some surprises in store. Both tracks – “20/20” and “Complex II” – are some of the bands newest material and are sourced from their March Nectar’s residency. Stay tuned to for a first look at the band’s 2014 summer tour coming tomorrow!

Our second track is an UpsateLIVE exclusive first listen of “The Clear” from Albany’s Formula 5. The band recently finished recording their excellent sophomore effort Edging on Disaster and remain one of our staff’s favorite bands to cover and follow.

Third, from the also Albany based Mister F, is the lead-off track “Everything You Say” from the just released The F Stands Four. This marks the debut album for the Albany dance-prog-electro-rock outfit. Check out Tim O’Shea’s review of the whole disc over here.

Our fourth and fifth tracks enter the psych-electro field even more. Roots Collider and Ocupanther, both Rochester based, have been garnering excellent crowds and reviews. The Collider track “Infinity” is almost impossible not to dance too with a sound that bestows at least a subtle nod to the prowess of instrumental dance rock pioneers STS9. Ocupanther’s “This, A Seagull” is actually a compilation of a studio based jam and a practice session for the newest OCU-song “III e III”. The band is in the midst of mixing their third album and wanted to give fans an early taste of what to expect.

Keep in mind, beyond this playlist there remain tons of top-notch bands performing at The Revival including Rochester’s Haewa and Lap Giraffe, Buffalo’s Lazlo Hollyfeld and Universe Shark, northern NY and ‘s March Madness champion Lucid, the incredibly intense Flabberghaster from Vermont, and much much more. Hope to see y’all there! 

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