Colin McGetrick of WaveRadio is a busy man. Between the band, the acoustic duo he does with his wife, and booking at Sprout Music Collective, he is doing his utmost for the local and regional music scene. For his band’s only local show this spring, he called on friends in fellow regional stalwarts Glim Dropper and Hot Breakfast. The latter is itself an acoustic duo, advertising themselves as Delaware’s premier acoustic dork rock power duo, a description as apt as any. With originals like “Kids Today” and “I Am Not Cool” decrying the social media age with a humorous bent and covers like “Mr. Roboto” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, tongues planted firmly in cheek, they would fit just as well at a comedy club as a rock one. Jill Knapp’s phenomenal vocals ably run the gamut of theatrical tones, backed by Matt Caserino on both guitar and vocals. Knapp contributes to the instrumentation in various ways as well, at this particular show including various hand percussion implements, trumpet, and a melodica. The total effect was fantastic, provoking bouts of hilarity from the entire audience between rousing “Hot Breakfast!” cheers from their gathered friends and fans.
Glim Dropper had a slightly more complicated setup, which delayed their set substantially due to ensuing technical difficulties. With former member Ben Geise having moved to Austin this past year, they use an assortment of electronics to replicate his parts live, usually to great success. On this particular occasion, the end product was less satisfactory than usual, but they still did their best to rock out with just Dan Kauffman on guitar and vocals and Rob Schnell on drums and vocals, with McGetrick joining for a song or two. The two were clearly veteran musicians, figuring out an alternate set and rocking hard despite the adversity, with a cover of Nirvana’s “Lithium” a definite highlight. I’d be interested to see them again for the full experience.
WaveRadio suffered no such difficulties, with McGetrick’s guitar and vocals, James McLaughlin’s keys and vocals, and Chris Cotter’s drums coming together without a hitch. Their distinctive pop rock variously calls to mind U2, Muse, and expressly keyboard-driven acts like Keane. There are hints of a more experimental, perhaps even psychedelic, sound here and there, but they remain firmly tethered to Cotter’s driving rhythms and McGetrick’s passionate pop hooks. The small crowd were clearly invested in the music from the very beginning, singing along on most of the choruses and listening in rapt attention throughout. Having released their self-titled debut in 2012, this is a band that really only needs a new album and a decent opening slot to break out, with a great sound and a tight live show to match. Definitely a band to watch in the Philadelphia area, they’ll be playing their first show in Annapolis on Saturday at Blackwall Hitch, and you can download the aforementioned album here:
By Dave Fox | Philadelphia Ambassador | @philosofoxthedj | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC