So far this week, we’ve brought you the Best of Upstate 2014, featuring the best albums, festivals and venues. Today we focus on the up-and-coming acts in Upstate New York. Last year, Aqueous took top honors as the best Band on the Rise coming out of Upstate New York. Since last year, they have released a new album Cycles, off a successful Kickstarter campaign, played numerous festivals from Summercamp to Peach Fest and many in between, and should be announcing Spring tour dates very soon. Band on the Rise is a title bestowed only one-time to bands from Upstate New York and Aqueous was clearly a solid choice in 2013.
The 2014 Band on the Rise is Mister F. Based out of Albany and featuring Andrew Chamberlaine (guitar) Scott Hannay (keys) Ben Pickering (bass) and Matt Pickering (drums) the progressive/electronic band have been touring throughout the Northeast, down the East coast, as far as Kansas, opening up for such acts as Twiddle, Snarky Puppy, Dopapod, Turkuaz, The Mantras and Tauk. With their debut album, The F Stands Four, the band is set for a great 2015, which they will ring in with two separate NYE performances – one at Rock n Roll Resort in Kerhonksen, and then later that night at Parish Public House in Albany following moe.’s New Years show at The Palace Theatre. Check Mister F’s set at Disc Jam this summer and see what makes them ‘s 2014 Band on the Rise.