Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Underground Legends - Emily Whitehurst

   Some artists never fully get the recognition they deserve despite their body of work. Those that have followed Emily Whitehurst's career know the amazing accomplishments she has made and the bands she has fronted along the way. If you haven't yet been introduced, there's no better time than the present.


    Tsunami Bomb was a punk rock band that formed in Petaluma, California and was active until 2005. Whitehurst joined Tsunami Bomb in 1998, filling in the spot made when vocalist Kristin McRory left. She went under the moniker of Agent M while in the band.

   The band dealt with several line up changes, internal issues, and ultimately cited problems with the business end of the music industry as the reason for the their dismantling. The band released two full length albums: The Definitive Act (2004), and The Ultimate Escape (2002), as well as several EPs. Two of their more notable songs were "Take The Reins" and "Dawn On A Funeral Day".  (Article continues below videos.)



   The Action Design featured music with more of a pop / dance feel to it, although elements of the punk / rock genres were still abundant throughout their releases.  The Action Design released two albums and a single before announcing at the beginning of 2011 that they were all going to be moving on to different projects.

    Into A Sound was released in 2007 followed by Neversay in 2008. One last single was released on Vinyl and digitally in 2010. The track "Desperation" was the last and one of the most memorable releases the band put together. Here are two of the videos produced during their run: (Article continues below videos.)

2011 - Present

   Survival Guide is much more experimental and soothing in nature than past efforts. Although some of the fans of her previous bands have been quick to dismiss the new direction, it speaks volumes about an artist when you can release material that is drastically different while still maintaining a high level of quality. The music doesn't feel forced or unnatural. It just shows the maturation of the artist and state of mind at the time of writing. The band is gearing up to release their first album. In the meantime you can check out the singles they have released: "The Walls", "One To One", and "Prohibition Pts. 1 & 2" which is featured on Wildcat, a two track EP. Make sure you check out Survival Guide on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news. (Article continues below video.)

   Emily Whitehurst's contributions to music reach much farther than any amount of Facebook likes or video views will be able to measure. The music created by the bands she has been in hold a permanent spot in my music rotation. If you haven't yet jumped on the bandwagon, I encourage you to do so. There is still a lot of life left in her talents and maybe if we all push hard enough, her legend won't be considered underground any longer. Emily Whitehurst Rolling Stone cover anyone? I'd buy it.