It’s 2014 and time for me to get back into the live music world. A world that I absolutely love but must take time away from every so often just to recharge. The live music world can be quite overwhelming at times. Well, like I said—it’s 2014, a new year and time for new memories.
It was a Saturday night and I wanted to hear some live music so to Milkboy Philly I went. Our Griffins was on the bill and that’s all I needed to know but of course I would check out Bad Suns and Royal Bangs too. Our Griffins had the opening set of the night and began with “Blood On My Sleeves” off their most recent release Michael Boyd. Oh my, I love that song and being present to hear that song live was a beautifully precious moment. From that moment on it was like I was under Our Griffins musical spell and everything sounded so perfect. Our Griffins is the work of singer-songwriter DJ Brown but of late he’s taken his somewhat solo project and given it a full band treatment and those guys are makin’ it work. In no way did Our Griffins sound bad before but now there is a feel of a more cohesive band unit and it’s awesome.
Saturday’s set consisted of many Michael Boyd songs and I do remember hearing “Elenore” from Our Griffins Conversations (EP). Then it came time for the last song and I could hear myself screaming “NOOOO” on the inside. Everything was going so well that I didn’t want to see Our Griffins’ set end. Our Griffins played “Not Here Entirely” for their last song. It was during that song that I witnessed some real live music memory making magic—DJ Brown in a fit of annoyance violently shook his head knocking his glasses off his face landing them somewhere on the stage (I guess—I lost sight of them) without the slightest disturbance to his intense, awe-inspiring guitar playing. And I thought to myself, “that is some real rock and roll!”
DJ Brown is an impressive singer-songwriter, the band just keeps getting tighter and tighter, and they’re honest—no gimmick artists. Needless to say, Our Griffins is destined for music greatness. It’s going to be exciting to see where Our Griffins goes from here.
Sorry, after unexpectedly being engulfed by Our Griffins greatness it was hard to concentrate on the other bands that night. Bad Suns and Royal Bangs please forgive me. I’m usually a better music enthusiast and more receptive to new artists.
It looks like Saturday night at Milkboy Philly was all about Our Griffins.
JAN 22 – Toad (Cambridge, MA)
JAN 23 – Woodbury Music Shop (Woodbury, CT)
JAN 24 – Bottleknecks (Wilkes Barre, PA)
JAN 25 – MOMS (Doylestown, PA)
JAN 26 – Glasslands (Brooklyn, NY)
Feb 18 – Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA)