For years music fans have discovered on the rise acts on the Bowery in downtown Manhattan. Only a stone’s throw away from the legendary and defunct CBGB is The Bowery Electric, a venue not unlike what we’ve become accustomed to reading about in the lore of bands like Blondie, Talking Heads, etc. So who was all the rage last night? Well that prize can certainly be handed over to the Miami borne keys-led pop rockers Jacob Jeffries Band.
If the crowd gathered inside the intimate back room at The Bowery Electric didn’t serve as enough of an indicator, all you had to do was stand by the ID check for a moment or two as the question of who had each person come to see was answered nine times out of ten with the Jacob Jeffries Band.
Supporting their fourth full length Tell Me Secrets, the band craftily wove in and out of new selections and fan favorites as revelers made personal space a luxury. The titular Jacob’s effervescent melodies set alongside a strong rhythm section and guitarist Jimmy Powers intricate strums made it quite clear from the onset that they’re equipped and ready to tackle the bright lights and larger venues of New York City.
“You don’t mind if we play a new song do you?” asked Jeffries mid set, tongue firmly in cheek as he led the band into a soulful rendition of The Beatles’ “Two Of Us”.
Although the Jacob Jeffries Band is most commonly compared to Ben Folds Five for seemingly obvious reasons I walked away unable to shake the shared threads with Young The Giant, especially the similarities between Jacob’s delivery and Sameer Gadhia’s dulcet tones.
As the band walked out of the back of The Bowery Electric, so too did many of the gathered throngs despite there being several more acts to follow which may be as strong a visual statement one could make towards their growing popularity away from where it all started.
Up next for the Jacob Jeffries Band are a pair of CMJ showcases that could very well catapult them over the top and into the mainstream hype consciousness as the marathon festival has done for so many bands we now know and love over the years. Be sure to catch them before you’ll have to sacrifice some considerable pocket change.
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