Headlining last Saturday’s show at Lovecraft was local native Danny Chait, putting on nothing short of a captivating performance. The venue, found in the basement of a beautiful horror-themed bar inspired by the literary work of H.P. Lovecraft, was a perfect fit for the intimate performance Danny was able to put on.
It was not only his ability to charm everyone with his quirky humor and casual conversations that made his set so memorable, but the way he delivered himself on heartbreaking songs like “Connect” where he passionately sang, “I’m tangled up inside and always feeling used / I tried so hard this time I don’t know what else to do / I can’t get back the years I spent with you.”
Even with the poetically dark and often troubled lyricism, everyone at the show including Danny himself were in good spirits. Many of those who showed up for Steve Owsinski also happily stuck around to talk to and listen to Danny. Getting to perform for a bunch of potential new fans is an exciting prospect and opportunity for any musician, and he nailed it every step of the night.
Listen to Danny Chait’s latest track “Unspun” on Soundcloud.
Greg Connors Music, a trio hailing from NYC, featured an entertaining combination of guitar, violin, double bass, and even a harmonica to bring an expertly crafted contemporary take on blues and country. The lead singer-songwriter of the group, Greg Connors, had an unparalleled talent in creating sweet-sounding vocals to mask the often but not always very heavy, opaque lyrics. Enough to the point where the songs transformed from seemingly simple to genuinely mysterious.
While it may be true that Greg Connors lead the group throughout the night, there was also a considerable number of times where the spotlight shined on his bandmates Nick Attila and Scott Fragala. From the awe-inspiring improvisational violin, to the earth toned, resonant double bass being plucked away with pin-point accuracy.
Check out their brand new song “She’s Talented” released this week, as well as Renovations on Bandcamp. You can also listen to both their debut and sophomore albums Here, There, And Anymore and Full Moon Flashlight on Spotify, or purchase it on iTunes.
On before Greg Connors was Steve Owsinski, a New Jersey born and raised songwriter and producer. Since the release of his debut EP Seek And You Will Find back in 2011, Steve has in the last year been putting out tracks that take an entirely new direction. A direction that is more emotionally heavy, electronically charged, atmospheric with echoing vocals, and filled with lyricism that provides more questions than answers. Much like on the song “Tired” where he desperately and passionately sings “Where do I run to? / How do I find myself? / Where do I go from here?”
Steve has an impressive past; Between having studied songwriting in Memphis and recording his first indie pop EP Seek And You Will Find with Dave Elkins of the famous band Mae, it was clear that he was more than ready to perform live. It wasn’t until about 15 minutes into his set that all of his friends, fans, and even his brothers came pouring in. In fact, the sizable crowd that came for Steve’s set was the majority of those who showed up for the entire night. Once everyone had arrived the show went from good to stellar. Stirring melodies and compelling lyricism were at the forefront of Steve’s music, and as a pop-inspired musician it’s a good sign that Steve’s next EP will be unflinching in its ability to ignite and inspire listeners.
Steve Owsinski will be gracing us with two new EP’s in the near future. In the meantime, you can listen his latest music on Soundcloud, as well his first EP Seek And You Will Find on Spotify or purchase it on iTunes.
From covering The Growlers to performing originals off both of his albums, Jonas Martin successfully set the tone for the night with his incredibly unique musical output. For instance, “Wannabe”, the lyrically romantic, albeit musically creepy (and beautiful) single off his latest album The Color Scheme was a one of the highlights of the night. When performed live the song was stripped of all the heavy synth bass lines and complimentary effects found in the studio version, only to be left with his piano and his voice. Being the free spirit that Jonas is, he was also very comfortable on stage and never held back on casual commentary in between songs, and when he felt like doing a cover instead of the planned setlist, he did so.
In the brilliant words of Pharrell Williams, in which he responded to Maggie Rogers’ song “Alaska” in that viral video we’ve all seen by now, “It’s singular, it’s your own thing.” With Jonas, it’s hard to compare his genre-bending music to anything else out there. Even with the tough opening slot, Jonas’ truly one-of-a-kind style and his overall energetic and passionate set was easily able to capture the attention of those who were there.