Earlier this decade, Kill the Broadcast was one of the most successful original bands on our local scene. The band played multiple Musikfests in their first incarnation, and were recognized as the 2012 winners of WZZO’s now-defunct Backyard Bands competition. In addition, the band had notable gigs in Philadelphia, playing venues including The Grape Room and Legendary Dobbs.
Two bands made their Originals Music Series debut on Thursday night in the form of progressive instrumental trio The Cozy and alt-rockers Glue Factory.
I had the opportunity to see a ton of great performances by incredible talent at Launch Music Conference in Lancaster last weekend. However, the one that I keep coming back to is The Stonewall Vessels’ performance at Binn’s Park during the Fest Friday portion of the weekend.
Those inside Chicago Restaurant’s Club Gravity on Thursday night were treated to not one, but two sets from The Beautiful Distortion.
The official start of fall is less than a week away, and it’s a good time to make a new run. For The Originals Music Series, they did so by inviting Carefree Constant and Julius out for the first show of the season.
Carefree Constant took the stage first. The Whitehall-based foursome have put a progressive spin on the reggae rock genre, which lends a heavier edge to the band’s sounds and provides good contrast and variety from the group’s more laid back tunes.
Next up was Julius, who always brings a fun energy to the Club Gravity stage. The singer-songwriter reliably rocked setlist staples like “Sunlit Day” and “Better Life,” while mixing in new and unreleased tracks.
Want more rock? Starting Thursday, September 29, The Originals Music Series will return to a weekly schedule at Club Gravity inside Chicago Restaurant. Keep tabs on the Series’ Facebook page for details!
If you’re in the Philadelphia area, catch D.S. Bradford’s “Elemental Evolution” EP release show this Friday, Aug. 5 at the Dockside Bar at Dave & Buster’s.
Philadelphia singer-songwriter D.S. Bradford describes his new “Elemental Evolution” EP as being “about evolving into a form of ourselves that is conscious of peace and embraces love.”
While that theme is ever present throughout the effort, there is another “evolution” at play – that of D.S. Bradford into a versatile musician who seamlessly intermingles alternative rock with the progressive and psychedelic.
Perhaps the track that best blends all of those styles together is the album closer, “A Call to the Stars II – A Home in the Sky.” The EP’s longest track, clocking in at just over seven minutes, is a dreamy epic that moves between ideas that represent themselves as movements. “A Call to the Stars II” temporarily forfeits its dreaminess about halfway through, picking up the pace with some killer guitar work, before returning to its roots and transitioning into a tender piano outro that brings about the conclusion of our galactic transmission.
For fans of straightforward alt-rock, you need look no further than “Oceans,” a fun, up-tempo tune, and the crisp, highly accessible title track, “Elemental Evolution.” Both songs contain great hooks and are radio-ready.
A Call to the Stars – Ascend the Lost
A Call to the Stars II – A Home in the Sky
Our day-long Roi & the Secret People party continued with a special kickoff show at Bethlehem’s Tally Ho Tavern Saturday night, as part of the WSCI Summer Concert Series.
The evening was opened by Carter Lansing, frontman of outlaw country group Acoustic Kitty Project, who performed selections off of the band’s album, “Shine,” alongside newer songs.
Then, it was time to RSP, who rocked the Tally Ho with tunes from its two albums, “Dog St.” and “Phoenix,” as well as select tracks from frontman Mike Roi’s older efforts.
The WSCI Summer Concert series continues through August with local, original talent. The lineup is as follows. For tickets and more information, follow this link.
Sat., July 23: MAYVE
Sat., July 30: Trapped in Static
Sat., Aug. 6: Sing, Bird of Prey
Sat., Aug. 13: The Walking Tree
Sat., Aug. 20: Acoustic Kitty Project
Sat., Aug. 27: Kill the Broadcast
It’s a Roi & the Secret People two-fer!
In advance of tonight’s WSCI Summer Concert Series show at Bethlehem’s Tally Ho Tavern, the band held a private recording session for its close friends and supporters at Studio 73 in Bethlehem.
Those in attendance were treated to an interview to be broadcast on WSCI in the near future, followed by an eight-song live set to be released alongside the band’s upcoming single, “Hungry.” A video consisting of official and fan footage from the event will accompany the release.
We’ll be in attendance for Carter Lansing to kick things off at the Tally Ho, tonight at 7 p.m. We’ll see you there, but for now, enjoy a few photos!
REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become
Duke Maroon – The Man Who Laughs
The Band of Rivals – Ghosts of You
The Revere – Behold, the Sea Itself
The Revere – Down at the Water’s End
Meghan Cary – Building This House
John Scargall – Live Out Loud
Whitney Peyton ft. Sounds – It’s All Good
If you consider yourself a rock fan, there stands an excellent chance that you’ll find something to enjoy about The Revere’s latest album, “Behold, the Sea Itself!” It’s powerful, progressive, concept-driven, and produced to bring out the band’s very best moments over the course of 12 tracks.
The album’s aquatic concept, first present in its title, takes shape immediately with the album’s urgent opening (and title) track before the album fully sets sail with the big-sounding, high-energy “Down at the Water’s End,” easily a strong candidate to close any of the band’s live sets.
There is not one weak track on “Behold, the Sea Itself!,” making it one of the most complete indie rock releases in recent memory. Other favorites of ours include “The Vortex,” a two-and-a-half-minute instrumental buildup fit for a movie trailer; “The Exile,” a gentle, six-minute ballad perfect for a brisk fall night; the intense, exciting “Beast,” which takes the listener to unexpected places as it seamlessly blends into “Devona;” and “The Portrait II,” a triumphant sequel to one of the band’s earlier songs.
Sonically, “Behold, the Sea Itself!” stands tall and never falters, and the album The Revere’s collective songwriting and storytelling ability on full display. The Revere proves that they are here to stay on “Behold, the Sea Itself!,” and there is no limit to the big things they can accomplish.