Georgia based Alt-Rockers, Rehab brought their entertaining act to Sanford this week with an energetic set at West End Trading Company. The quintet out of Georgia offered up a unique entertaining cross between rock, country and hip-hop. For those of you not familiar with the band, think Beastie Boys meet Sister Hazel; yup, a crazy combination, but these guys make it work.
DJ Chris Crisis kicked the set off with a quick and lively set that got the crowd amped up. He remained on stage and supplied the band’s bass through his mixes. The band revolves around the vocals of front men Danny Alexander and Demun Jones, who effortlessly switched off between driving hip-hop and harmonious melodies.
The set spanned their entire career and was a great mix from their album releases. “Hey Fred” was an early crowd favorite that got the crowd bouncing and singing along. We also got to hear nice versions of “We Live,” “Walk Away,” and my personal favorite “Lawn Chair High” from their excellent 2008 release Graffiti World.
I’m typically not a hip-hop fan, but enjoyed the way the band deftly wove it in with a solid rock foundation. The only downside to me was that as we listened to the tunes and the driving bass backbone, there was no bass player to be found, instead all of the bass came from the DJ. The mix was still great, and sounded excellent in the venue, but I would’ve preferred a bass player contributing to the sound.
They wrapped up their seventy-five minute set with a rollicking version of “Kung Pao Chicken,” and then closed with the crowd favorite “Hey Bartender / Sittin At A Bar,” bringing the raucous crowd to a feverish pitch to close the night. It was a nice way to wrap up a fun set at a cool local venue. It was my first trip to West End Trading Company, and I left impressed (look for our review of the venue soon).
Chill Flow, a local five-piece band did a great job opening for Rehab. The Central Florida band obviously brought along some of their own passionate fans and played a nice set of ska influenced rock, with a cool beach vibe.