This week the Learning Curve is a little more diverse in sound. Normally, it tends to be centralized, either it be rock or metal or indie, but this week we are changing things up, a little break from the norm if you will.

Dead By Sunrise features a familiar face playing an unfamiliar sound, Triptaka keeps things grooving with attractive industrial grooves, Athera incites sing-alongs and dance pits, the Slow Learners do a little bit of just about everything, and well, I think we all know Fastball.

So, a little something for everyone, for real, this time.

Dead By Sunrise
Hail from: Venice, CA
Label: None
Sounds like: Julien-K, Innerpartysystem, Linkin Park
You should be listening to: 'The Morning After' (their only song right now)


I Should Care Why?: Anyone who knows me pretty much knows you can count me in for anything that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington is a part of, and Dead by Sunrise is no different. The band spawns from Bennington's work with former Orgy members in Julien-K, leading to the bands overall electronic feel. Bennington is still as brilliant as ever with a mic in his hands, so all LP fans should check these guys out.

Hail from: Austin, TX
Label: MCA Records
Sounds like: Third Eye Blind, the All-American Rejects, Cake
You should be listening to: 'Little White Lies'


Should Care Why?: Yes, that Fastball. The very same band that has sold millions of records and had number one singles a decade ago are back, this time with a new record, 'Little White Lies,' which finds the band picking up right where they left off. Their Texas meets Midwest take on indie rock makes them unique. This is a call to all of their fans from yesteryear - it is time to start paying attention again.

Hail from: Buffalo, NY
Label: None
Sounds like: Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, My American Heart
You should be listening to: Assorted Demos


I Should Care Why?: Athera has long been one of the unheralded bands in the Buffalo, NY scene, and I think it is high time that streak ends. The sheer passion exuded in their music is only rivaled, and sometimes surpassed, by their immensely energetic live shows. Their powerpop/powerpunk sound isn't what most play, giving them an air of separation in the long run. If you're looking for another castoff scene band, then look elsewhere.

The Slow Learners
Hail from: Washington, DC
Label: None
Sounds like: The Pixies, the Band, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
You should be listening to: Assorted Demos


I Should Care Why?: Chances are probably pretty good you may have never heard such a diversified group as the Slow Learners. They also might not be everyone's cup of tea, but they are a band that needs to be experience to be believed. Their sound ranges from indie rock to jazz and dance grooves and pretty much makes stops just about everywhere in between. If you are in the mood for something different that kicks ass, be sure to looks these dudes up.

Hail from: Seattle, WA
Label: None
Sounds like: Victory Pill, KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails
You should be listening to: 'Second War'


I Should Care Why?: Without looking at any of their vitals, if I were to tell you that Triptaka are from Seattle, what would you think they sounded like? Yeah, my point exactly. No, they are alt-rock or grunge, or rainy day indie rock, but substantially quite the opposite. These guys are industrial as they come, and their sound is something that works just as well in a nightclub as a Ministry concert.

Story by Brian Campbell

Starpulse contributing writer

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