One of the beauties of the guitar is the ease with which it can be picked up. It doesn't take much more than a few chords and some experimentation to put together a song loads of people could enjoy. But the unfortunate reality is that there are millions of bands in the world and people truly only ever get to hear a handful.

But that is why it is worth digging around and finding what hidden gems are lying just beneath your nose. That is why, this month, I'm highlighting up and coming bands that seem to me to be underappreciated. In order to quantify underappreciation for those skeptics out there, the three bands below have fewer than 1,000 Facebook likes, but all of them have made some slamming tunes with the guitar in hand.

Ginger Sunburn

Standing at a far too low 909 Facebook likes, Ginger Sunburn is the most recent incarnation of what was once a solo project by Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter James Burke. Surrounding Burke, who also serves as the group's guitarist, is the hearty groove of bassist Eric Smith and appealing rhythm of drummer Brendan Craig. The group has made their way about the east coast of the U.S. for a steady stream of shows, while Burke even made a solo jaunt to England in summer 2015. Thanks to a slick, jangly sound reminiscent of Mac DeMarco and King Krule, it isn't hard to imagine Ginger Sunburn making their way further across the U.S., England or anywhere else in the near future. Their self-titled EP, which features the alluringly catchy 'Coastline,' is available on Bandcamp for free.


Lakefront, a five-piece group from Frankfort, Ill., seems to exist in a time vortex in which it is 2005 forever. And that's a good thing. The influences for the group are upfront and apparent: Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, Knuckle Puck, all the best pop-punk has to offer. But there is no denying that the group is more than capable of putting together a dangerously catchy ripper. The dueling guitars of Austin Royer and Tyler Jackson tear through the tracks, working as the perfect sonic equivalent to vocalist Brad DeRuntz's impassioned pleas and angsty diatribes. Danny Sciaccotta's bass gives all the tracks a subtle groove, while Tom Maxeiner's skillful drumming is truly something to behold on tracks such as 'Bad Intentions.' The group is slated to release a new EP in May and, because the group currently has 461 Facebook likes, pop-punk lovers the world over will have the perfect opportunity to get in on the ground floor with Lakefront.

Let the Animals Kill Us

There is no question that this group is not for everyone. Composed of bassist Steven Reinhold and drummer David Riveria, Let The Animals Kill Us sound as though Metz, So Pitted and Satan were put into a blender and poured into a basement. Both members of the group take turns screaming into the void with alternating blares of hilarity and horror. The droning repetition of "heavy metal" on the track'Iceberg On Heavy' certainly comes off as a quality joke as the oozing, sludgy bass and violent drumming cuts through the mix. But the nihilistic, video-game infused lyricism of tracks like 'A Human Terror Error 1: Translucent Sparrow' can be downright frightening sometimes as the band pulsates and quivers with power. Imagine Death Grips didn't rap and you would have something resembling Let The Animals Kill Us.