This year marked one of immense growth for the Providence music scene. New faces made their presence felt and even a new venue in Alchemy opened up to become a huge part of an already burgeoning community. Veterans staked their claim and the newbies became established while a bunch of others are well on their way to making a name for themselves. For any community to thrive, there has to be a steady influx of young people getting involved. Thankfully that is happening in Providence when it comes to local music and people are welcoming it with open arms. There's a sense of artistic excitement in the Creative Capital these days; individuals who have been involved in the music community for years are getting more and more great people involved. Shows consisting of all local bands are packing venues in every neighborhood. It's inspiring to witness and there's a lot to be positive about when it comes to the bands that call this place home. With all of this being said, here are 16 of our favorite songs to come out of Providence this year.
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Black Oil Incinerator, “Make New Friends”
Leaders of the fuzz, Black Oil Incinerator released a fantastic album in February’s Built In Space. “Make New Friends” is a badass track with Michael Duffy taking the lead on vocals and singing about constantly switching social circles and the sacrifices that come with it. It’s intense and in your face with a barrage of distortion coming through non stop. There’s no letting up at all and it artistically roars from start to finish, much like the entire record. It’s a great example of how this band can scorch the eardrums in blissful ways.