Some call it a shit hole, some call it a haven for art.
For the longest time, I had a strong digust towards Lancaster county. There was little to no music scene and what I knew of, I didn't like.
Then, after finding the "Spinart" compilation "One Last Kiss", going to more shows, and doing some research, I started to love my hometown.
Lancaster actually had an amazing music scene in the 1980's and 1990's. "Spinart Records" was founded in Lancaster county before moving to New York and features some of the most creative and talented musicians like "Lilys" and "The Apples In Stereo".
"Lilys" recorded their debut album "In The Presence Of Nothing" with the members of "Suddenly, Tammy!" at their recording studio "Cat Box" located in Lancaster, PA.
A lot of artists recorded at "The Cat Box". "Velocity Girl" recorded "Crazy Town" there and nearby locals from York, PA "Live" recorded a few demos there.
Bands like 'Suddenly, Tammy!" were from Lancaster and so is "The Innocence Mission".
"The Chameleon Club" is a nice venue in Lancaster and has been around for a long time. They featured many amazing bands both local and far away!
After the 1990's, the music scene started to change.
A bunch of metalcore bands became huge. Bands like "August Burns Red" and "Texas In July" were getting a lot of recogogniton. Then, the "folk punk" scene got huge.
Then, you have your indie rock bands and jam bands that want to be the next "Led Zeppelin".
I'm not trying to talk smack on these bands. They do what they want, a lot of them have talent and energy, and I respect that. I even like a few of them.
However, a lot of these bands are not my cup of tea and it made being a musician in Lancaster very difficult for me at first.
As I started to write the first "Vicious Blossom" EP, "I'm Disappointed In You", I was thinking to myself, "Who the fuck are we going to play with around here?"
Most bands did not have a sound similar to ours. I also felt that a lot of bands in Lancaster were typical and boring, and lacked emotion, creativity, and energy.
Then, I started to discover bands who shared similar sounds with us and soon, more bands began to form.
This here is a compilation of all the modern bands in Lancaster, PA that not only have a dreamy sound, but also contain an abundance of creativity, talent, energy, and emotion.
I want to thank these bands not only for contributing to this compilation, but for also restoring my love and hope in Lancaster.
PS - Much love to Renato from "The Blog That Celebrates Itself" for making this happen and to Rachel Adshead for providing the photo used for the album art.