I had the opportunity to check out a band from Philly at WonderRoot last night. Their name is the National Rifle and I was stunned at how tight their performance was. The band members definitely locked in at WonderRoot- the melodicism and charm of the individual parts stood out, yet it all coalesced to create a powerful and moving sound.
I could hear strands of bands like the Hold Steady and Bloc Party, so fans of those groups will enjoy. However, I also heard a bit of Bruce Springsteen. I feel that may because the singer/guitarist rocked out with a Telecaster and had a similar swagger and pseudo-imprecision as the Boss.
Overall, I had a great time and this band from the city of brotherly love proved Philly is churning out some A grade indie music acts.
National Rifle is still on tour, check the dates below to see if they’re coming to a town near you. For other news related to the band, click here.
National Rifle MARCH/APRIL 2011 Tour
New York, NY
Howards Club H
Bowling Green, OH
The Lake House
Lemp Arts Center
St. Louis, MO
The Prophet Bar