Newswire: The Y Axes’ “Monsters” makes alienation sound anthemic

One of the most difficult things for bands to nail down is a voice that complements the music. There are countless bands that have great singers and great songs, but the two just don’t match, and it ends up relegating them to the realm of “nice but forgettable.” One of the best things about San Francisco’s The Y Axes is how they’ve managed to perfect the formula. Singer Alexi Rose Belchere has just the right voice to complement the group’s angular indie-pop, fusing sunny sweet harmonies and pure tone with dark lyrics.

The Joy Formidable is the most obvious point of comparison, but where that band goes for arena-rock exuberance, The Y Axes sound like a band for listening to alone in your room, lights low, staring out the window and hoping it’s all going to be okay. The new album Umbra (due out November …

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