This is the third visit to Manila for the alternative pop rock band out of Poughkeepsie, New York with the three core members consisting of Chrissy Costanza on lead vocals, Dan Gow on guitar and Will Ferri on drums.
Relative newcomers to the music scene, they initially made their claim to fame about five years ago, performing cover songs on You Tube. The setlist for the evening was well balanced and did include a cover song by Justin Beiber but other than that, it’s all original material now.
Also for the evening to round out the sound they were joined on-stage by touring members Joe Simmons on bass guitar and Roo Buxton on rhythm guitar.
Normally, I can pinpoint a couple of bands that would signify a cross between the two which reminds me of Against the Current, but not so here. They really have a sound of their own, which is saying something in todays music scene, typically abundant with copycat styles. They are now touring to promote their debut full length album, “In Our Bones”, which has garnered solid reviews from critics world wide, Alternative Press calls it, “pop rock perfection” and I would have to concur.
I’ve been fortunate to catch all three of their concerts, and they performed consistently well each time. Chrissy’s vocal prowess matches her stage presence, with enough energy to make the Energiser Bunny envious. A thrill to watch and from a photographic standpoint, she incorporates plenty of movement, addresses the audience with ease and whips her hair about to make for interesting images.
Although their style hasn’t changed much over the years, I did notice a sense of refinement, a hint of more confidence than in the previous engagements. Perhaps due to them coming off touring all summer with the Vans Warped Tour, sharing the stage with some heavy hitters in the music biz has no doubtfully rubbed off.
Dan on guitar, is much more laid back, still performing with skill and more subtle expression, he provides a easy balance to Chrissy’s persona. While Will on drums, plays with abandon, keeping things rocking while showing vivid expressions as he bangs the buckets. Of all three events, this one by far had the best lighting, and even some stage effects with plumes of smoke at well timed intervals.
They also added an acoustic section to the show, performing a few of their previous EP tracks in a more laid back fashion. Not uncommon in todays concerts, it’s usually a favourite portion for me, and I was not let down here either. With the instrumental portions stripped back, it isolated and highlighted Chrissy vocal strengths while provides a respite from the super high energy.
It only took a moment to ramp up the energy after the conclusion of the acustic portion of the show and the concert ended strong. At one point, when everyone was jumping in rhythm, you could actually feel the entire floor moving up and down to the beat.
With impressive live performances, no flat or dull moments here and mature and polished studio work, this is a young band is worthy of keeping an eye on. I’d bet they’ll go places, and if you get the chance, don’t miss their next visit, I’m certain the forth time will step it up on the charming meter.