6 Great Bands You've Probably Never Heard Of

6 Great Bands You've Probably Never Heard Of

"Just because you never heard of any of these bands, doesn't make them any less great."
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Those of us in the music scene know all the new, up-and-coming bands. But what about the bands that have always been there that were just simply overlooked? As someone who's loved the same few bands since middle school, there's reasons I've been a fan for so long. Every time new friends asks me what my favorite band is and what my favorite song is, very few know the band, and even fewer know the song. After being loyal to these bands for around 8 years, I think it's time to share the love.

1. The Maine

This band is first on the list because I'm in love. Seriously. They're my all-time favorite band. I know every single one of their songs and I own all of their albums. At first their songs may seem surface-level, a number of their songs are of the standard boy-band material; sex and drugs. However, many others have much, deeper meanings and the others are fun to jam to. With their newest album, American Candy, they are being brought more into the spotlight and more and more people are becoming familiar with them. It's been great watching them grow and I'm proud to live down the street from them in the Maricopa County, Arizona area.


2. Safety Word Orange

I bet I have you with this one. To be honest, I know almost nothing about them. I mean, who names their band Safety Word Orange?? With a whole 4,000 "likes" on Facebook, this band doesn't even have an album. They have 2 or 3 EPs, the newest being from 2013. however, their lack of popularity doesn't mean they aren't great. Every single one of their songs does not disappoint! Their on this list because my favorite song of all time, Slow Motion, is by them. Even though I don't know much about them, this song has had such an impact on me. It's a nice, acoustic song with a great message and the singer truly has a beautiful voice. I can sit back an listen to this song on repeat over and over. You have to check it out! In addition to this soft ballot, they also have standard alternative-rock songs that are just a good!


3. Anarbor

Many people know this band from Scooby Doo The Mystery Begins. Or you've heard their song in the movie before but never realized. If you haven't heard their song on Scooby Doo, you've probably heard their other song, "Let The Games Begin" on the NFL while watching your favorite team. Their single in Scooby Doo was the reason I first discovered them back in 2009. After hearing their Scooby Doo single, "You and I", I immediately bought their album and since then, they have only gotten better.


4. Brighten

This band is great because some of their songs are super upbeat and others are super serious. my favorite song by them is called "Where We Belong". This is one of my al time favorite songs and I can listen to it on repeat all day because it's so fun. The lyrics are also super meaningful and positive! The main singer in this band was previously in the band, A Rocket To The Moon.


5. Valencia

Valencia hasn't made any music since 2010 but I still consider their songs to be some of my favorites. The first song I ever heard from them was "The Space Between". At first it sounded like another angsty love song, but again, there was so much more meaning. After that I became a fan of some of their other songs and I still listened to their music up to their last album. Their songs are upbeat but have meaningful lyrics, especially "I Still Need You Around".


6. The Wonder Years


The first song I ever heard from The Wonder Years was "Washington Square Park". At first, I thought the song completely sucked; there was no real rhythm, pattern, or beat to it and the lyrics seems absolutely pointless. After a while, the song started to grow on me and I could clearly identify the overlying message, making it one of my favorite songs. The Wonder Years music is a clear example of how the dumb, pointless, alternative rock bands music, is actually, well WONDER-ful. After becoming a big fan of the song, I became a big fan of all their other songs, "Came Out Swinging" becoming my second favorite, and I love their newest album.

Just because you never heard of any of these bands, doesn't make them any less great. You never know where you'll find hidden gems. If this music means so much to me, it will mean a lot to others as well.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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