Friday night at Doc Watson’s, Exton played host to independent rock music from all over the region. The show got started with the debut performance from Just the Architects, a new solo project by Paul Marchesani of Overfield, who will be playing the same venue Thursday, March 19th. While Marchesani has some work to do to tighten up his live act, his self-produced backing tracks, tasteful guitar licks, and punk-inflected vocals were all remarkably strong for such a new act. Imagine seeing Owl City at an open mic a couple years before he hit the big time, perhaps slightly less interested in pop success. West Chester music department graduates Tristan Ritter, Amanda Hershey, and Adam Pierson are Bite Size Giant, a power trio whose music backgrounds contribute to atypical song structures and a tendency to describe those structures between songs. You can download an older acoustic track, “Epidemic”, here:
Philadelphia four-piece Wonder and Fury is on a hot streak lately, road testing some new tunes after their well-received music video for “Talk Talk Talk”, which you can see below. Jay Yachetta, Steven Rosplock, Brendon McGeehan, and Jamil Moore play groove-heavy indie rock music, the kind you can actually dance to if the notion takes you, though the catchy hooks with pop potential would be enough to get the party started regardless. This is clearly a well-rehearsed band, tight guitar interplay and rhythm section perfectly complimenting swing-for-the-fences anthemic vocals. Comfortable on stage, they cracked jokes back and forth and shouted out a friend in the audience celebrating her birthday.Their fall 2013 self-titled EP is available on Bandcamp, with the clear standout being the aforementioned “Talk Talk Talk”:
Headlining act Shadowplay is a bit unorthodox, kicking things off with a Mogwai cover on which frontman Andrew Corkery played bass live for the first time. Typically he just takes care of the vocals, but as those were unnecessary on an instrumental, he was able to free up personnel to replicate the original artists’ three guitar attack. Multi-instrumentalists Dan Holden, John Sellers, and Ed Flynn make up the rest of the regular cast of Shadowplay, with various drummers filling in behind the kit. Given the recent winter storm, their Hurricane Sandy memorial song “Sandy Eyes” was particularly poignant, but they managed to work in a variety of originals, as well as a Portishead cover of all things. Despite the dwindling crowd, they certainly played the most energetic set of the night, with Corkery especially bouncing about onstage like a madman, curly locks flowing behind him. It was quite a show, one that you can catch again at Connie’s Ric Rac on March 29th.
By Dave Fox | Philadelphia Ambassador | @philosofoxthedj | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC