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Sir Sly, Wolf Gang Show Review

Shortly after arriving at the nearly sold out Social, we quickly realized we were in for more of a treat than we anticipated.

The night was billed as a co-headlining appearance by Sir Sly and Wolf Gang, two up-and-coming bands we’ve been covering for the past year.  These two talented bands had created all of the buzz, but the opening band, the creative female-fronted Secret Someone’s stole the show.

The event was a Cherrytree Records showcase and a great opportunity for Alt-Rock fans to catch a glimpse of three acts with tremendous potential.  Considering how difficult it is to breakthrough to stardom in today’s rock landscape, the odds are stacked against all three of these acts achieving stardom, but with the talent on display, I’d be surprised if at least one of the acts doesn’t quickly move on to bigger things.

Secret Someones

The moment this Brooklyn-based band took the stage, they grabbed my attention. Uniquely fronted by three women, the quartet was balanced by a bleached blonde drummer Zach Jones, decked out in an I (Heart) Chad T-Shirt.  Throughout their diverse thirty minute set, all three women, Bess Rogers, Hannah Winkler, and Lelia Broussard, traded off lead vocals and offered excellent harmonies for their bandmates.  The juxtaposition of their tight, sweet harmonies, playing off of a raw rock backbone, with clear punk underpinnings made their sound a unique blend of rock that absolutely demands attention. They were fun and interactive onstage and played well off of each other.

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Secret Someone's at Orlando's Social
Secret Someone’s at Orlando’s Social

Wolf Gang

We caught this UK band when they passed through The Social two summers ago. They put on an excellent show then, and didn’t disappoint this time either. Interestingly, back on their 2012 tour, they were sampling new music from a yet-t0-be-released album; a show lead singer Max McElligott referenced during “Something Unusual.” On this night, we were treated to a nice glimpse of what to expect on the soon to be released Alveron. They kicked off their set with “Black River,” the first single from the album, and closed with the title track.

McElligott provided a stirring and passionate acoustic version of “Ghost In My Life,” a song that he hinted will sound much different on the album.  They also played their next single, “Lay Your Love Down” which featured the full band at their rollicking best.  The band also offered a nice assortment of tracks from their debut album, Suego Faults, highlighted by a rousing version of the fan-favorite “Lions In Cages.”

Sir Sly

This LA trio closed the night with a captivating offering of synth-driven indie rock. Their stage set-up was unique, as the stage was peppered with four different keyboard set-ups.   The trio is touring with two additional musicians, and they delivered a sonically robust cohesive set. Their songs were highlighted by pristine musicianship and catchy hooks. Lead singer, Landon Jacobs is clearly the focal point and with his mesmerizing vocals, it’s for good reason.

Jacobs interacted with drummer Hayden Coplen throughout the set and they played well off of each other. Multi-instrumentalist, Jason Suwito traded off instruments seemingly after every song, at times playing keyboards, guitar and bass – and mastering each.  The highlights of the set were a well-received offering of the title track from their forthcoming album, “You Haunt Me,” and their late 2013 hit, “Gold.” The only downside? Their set was virtually played in the dark…

Cherrytree Presents

Three different bands, three very different sounds, and one killer night of new rock ‘n roll.  The Cherrytree Presents tour continues through late September, and is a can’t miss event for all fans of alternative rock.  If you are going, buy the VIP package – which includes a crapload of music, a tour poster, and a meet and greet.  Full tour dates below, but you can get your tickets here: Cherrytree Presents.

Selected Music from the Artists:

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Tour Dates
9/2 ATLANTA, GA The Earl
9/4 RICHMOND, VA The National
9/10 NEW YORK, NY Stage48
9/11 ALBANY, NY The Hollow
9/12 BOSTON, MA Brighton Music Hall
9/16 COLUMBUS, OH The Basement
9/17 ST LOUIS, MO Firebird
9/18 MILWAUKEE, WI The Rave
9/19 CHICAGO, IL Subterranean
9/20 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Triple Rock
9/22 KANSAS CITY, MO Riot Room
9/24 COL SPRINGS, CO Black Sheep
9/25 DENVER, CO Marquis Theatre
9/27 PHOENIX, AZ Crescent Ballroom
9/28 SAN DIEGO, CA Irenic

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