Archive for April, 2019

Long Island’s Victory Garden Release New EP

April 18, 2019:


The six-song EP is titled Madeleine and is available for download:


Sound Garden - Long Island band


If some of these musicians look familiar, there’s a good reason: Victory Garden actually consists of musicians from other Long Island bands: Chris and Danny Smith, who play guitar in Victory Garden, also play in Backtrack.

Mike Smith, Victory Garden’s bass player, also is a member of the band Hangman. Rounding out Victory Garden’s lineup are two members from the band Capital – Joey Saccente and Duncan MacDougal. MacDougal sings for Victory Garden, which surprisingly, is something he hasn’t done since his time in early-2000s – when he was with another Long Island hardcore band – Thieves and Assassins.

According to Mike Musilli, writing for Noecho.net “The demo absolutely pounds with melodic hardcore and punk foundations. Victory Garden pulls from so many of the best aspects of hardcore and punk while still creating a cohesive and original sound for themselves. There’s something for everyone in this first batch of songs from Victory Garden.”

To check out Sound Garden’s EP, here’s the link: https://victorygardenli.bandcamp.com/album/madeleine

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In case you missed any of Under the Radar’s recent blogs

April 11, 2019:


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Long Island’s SWIM Releases a New Song

April 8, 2019:


The Indie pop rock band’s new single, “The Chase” is available on many digital platforms:


Long Island Band, SWIM


The recoding, according to Broadwayworld.com is “a fun and energetic piece written collectively by the band”. Additionally the website added the song “blends together various elements of mainstream pop, rock, and indie. ‘The Chase’ is quite nostalgic, speaking of personal doubt in a relationship, while also piecing together each band members’ instrumentation to create a sleek, cool fusion.”

According to the band, “The Chase” was written by all members of the band, slowly coming together as they wrote each section of the song. What started as a pretty simple chord progression would be recorded and polished over the course of a year to morph into the version that was just released (video is below).

SWIM is an indie pop-rock band originating in Stony Brook. They were voted one of the Top 10 bands on Long Island during the summer of 2017 in Newsday’s Band Battle.

SWIM has been active at venues across Long Island since 2015, following the release of their first, self-titled EP, even performing at notable local venues like 89 North (Patchogue), Revolution (Amityville), and the Rainbow Stage at Heckscher State Park.

Here’s SWIM’s video – “The Chase”:



STREAM “THE CHASE” ON SPOTIFY HERE: https://open.spotify.com/album/2DBvpSVtFQLimqCFosXFgY?si=0V0guMdvSsGrmYW28P3t-g

To learn more about the band:

Their website: www.swimrock.com

Their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/swimbandny

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