I do what I can to avoid the 9:30 Club because it uses Ticketmaster but last night No Second Troy was having their big show with the Dreamscape Project, the Reserves and Juniper Lane. NST was the third opening act but they were the band I was there to see. I would have stayed to see Juniper Lane if it weren't for the incessant and irritating chatter by the morons in the crowd.
No Second Troy is best described as radio ready rock. This is by no means an insult, despite the connotations. The music is not complicated but it is not simple, either. The singer, Jeff Wharen, really belts out some surprisingly large vocals, especially on their new album's title track "Narcotic". I liked the way the guitar worked with the keyboard. No Second Troy is the music that I expect to be hearing in college girl's dorm rooms this fall. Incidentally, if any young women want to invite me to see their dorm rooms, my e-mail address is in my profile.
They remind me of the Refreshments without the Mexican influences or a Coldplay that wasn't lame and so deliberately disaffected. No Second Troy is more genuine than anything I have heard in the top 40 in the last 5 years. Check them out.
A final note: I missed most of the Reserves but I feel that any band that breaks out a "You Can Call Me Al" cover medley deserves mention.