Sunday, August 19, 2007

No Second Troy at the 9:30 Club

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.


billy pilgrim said...

Hey. Last night we were at teh Miramar to see local ska kids Something To Do rock a record release party.

The kids are totally into the ska again. What is this, the 4th or 5th revival? No matter, they are worthy. The entire audience, (except for us old farts) ended up on the stage for the final song.

Chuckles said...

I wonder if this revival/wave of ska will produce any decent bands?

missy&chrissy said...

a 'you can call me al' cover?! i will be checking these guys out for that fact alone.

billy pilgrim said...

Already has, Chuckles:

dontEATnachos said...

Holy crap! Ska came back to me. I'm so happy, I'm actually crying.

The fact that they're from Waukesha (a suburb of Milwaukee) increases the likelihood that I'll be able to check out one of their shows.

And if there is any kind of show I'll go to still, it's a ska show. I still remember doing a speech on the history of ska in high school. Good times.

Chuckles said...

Wow, no love for the band in this thread.

Thanks for the info, bp.