DC based Bencoolen has been on the highest point of my rader since earlier this year, and ladies and gents, I think I have found my new favorite band. On Friday, June 17th, the band took to the stage of Washington, DC’s infamous 9:30 Club to kick off the Summer season. This Spring we saw the group releasing their critcially acclaimed EP, “In Color,” which made me an immediate fan. Having never seen the band in concert yet, I was intrigued on what the group had to offer live, and also how their music translates from the album to the stage.
The answer to that is it translates well, real well.
The five-piece group took to the stage as if they were old pros, and it was everything I had hoped for. Their enthusiasm and energy filled the room as the crowd looked on, filling up the venue with a prominent and boisterous vibrancy. With members Teddy Scott wailing on guitar, to Eric Burke and Will Lockery keeping the rhythm section tight, to Jack Bentsen’s in-your-face saxophone playing, the group comes to life with the charming vocals stylings of one Paul Gregg who also double duties on guitar.
Seeing many shows, especially in the DC area, I can truly see what all the fuss is about, and why Bencoolen has become such a sought after group to chase down and see live. With an impressive six-song set ranging from the title track of their newest release, “In Color,” to a cover such as “Don’t Wanna Fight,” I literally wish I was at a Bencoolen show every night.
Bencoolen also plays The Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia on July 7th. Do yourself a favor and head out!
Don’t Wanna Fight (cover)
Spotlight (Bass solo)
Nothing Left to Hide