Wild Adriatic Delivers Flash and Substance at SteelStacks

Photo credit: WildAdriatic.com.

Back in March, when Lehigh Valley Underground was but a young, eager music blog, I ventured to Philadelphia to see our friends, The Wayside Shakeup. They were performing that night at Milkboy, opening for Animal Years and headliner Wild Adriatic.

I remember, after enjoying Wayside’s set, I had to duck out early before the headliners took the stage. I don’t remember what the reason was — I just know that there was one that prevented me from staying the entire time.

I can assure you now, though, that the reason is irrelevant. After last night, I’ll never make the mistake of leaving before a Wild Adriatic set again.

The Saratoga Springs, NY trio came to the ArtsQuest Center’s Blast Furnace Room and delivered an hour and a half of non-stop soulful energy. The band, which is currently in the middle of a Pledgemusic campaign to fund its upcoming album, “Feel,” played tunes from across its catalog to an excited crowd.

For me, this was a special performance. It was my first time seeing Wild Adriatic, and I was impressed with the band’s musicianship and energy. Guitarist and singer Travis Gray has incredible vocal range, and plays his guitar with a commanding precision. He is supported by the rhythms of Rich Derbyshire on bass and Mateo Vosganian on drums, both of whom play with immense amounts of flash and substance to provide an entertaining, intricate backbone to the band’s sound.

Because I was technically working over there during this show, I didn’t have my camera to get any photos (although I did sneak a crappy, two-minute Facebook video with my phone!). Although I wish I could have given you a better view of the action, it’s all the more reason to check these guys out the next time they’re in town.

One last thing: Kudos are also in order to Water Street, who opened the evening. The young pop rock outfit from Blairstown, New Jersey showcased upbeat original tunes with crisp vocal harmonies to get the crowd warmed up. Make sure you check them out, as well.

OK, one more thing: Before the night concluded, I got my hands on the band’s most recent album, “No Way, Let’s Do It! (Live) Vol. 1.” Expect a review soon!

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