Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Voxys Rip It To Shreds

The Voxys: July 30 @ Club NME at The Annex, New York, NY

Back in February, four men, Julian Colin Sylvester (guitar/vocals), Trevor Murphy (guitar/vocals), William McCormack (bass) and Chad Flewwelling (drums) better known as The Voxys, took the stage at The Annex. That night they won me over. Well, last Thursday, The Voxys returned to the scene of the crime so to speak. They once again took to the stage at The Annex and put on a killer set!

I am a proud fan of The Voxys. The band hadn't done a show in over four months so when it was announced they would be taking to the stage, I made it a point to be there. One of the things I truly enjoy about The Voxys is their energy. They have this unbelievable raw kinetic energy. From the opening notes, you get caught up in their energy and they don't let go of you until they're finished with you. Seeing The Voxys is like riding a roller coaster ... they're exhilarating, they make you lightheaded, they make you scream ... they make you keep wanting to come back for more. The band overall seemed well rested, relaxed and with enough energy and swagger to take over the world and or at the very least wreck a great deal of good natured havoc.

They kicked off their ten song, forty minute set with a new song, "None Above You." A new song, say wha?! Yep, you heard me, a new song! It seems the band has been busy. They weren't just sitting around twiddling their thumbs during those four months since I last saw them perform. They've been working on new material! As a result, we got not one, but two new songs. The second one and my favorite of the two, "Gypsy Cab" which is a quick paced number with a punk feel to it.

In addition to the new songs they played what has become my favorite song of theirs, "Sunshine At Midnight." I absolutely love that song. It's one of those songs that I can't wait to hear a studio version of. Another favorite of mine, "Wake Up Penelope," was played. If I remember correctly, they debuted this song back in March when I last saw them perform. They also ripped through a take no prisoners version of "Bang Out Of Order" while "Pirates" has taken on a slightly different arrangement.

The Voxys put on a great set. They're more polished than when I last saw them but, they have maintained their delightful mix of jangly Brit pop and raw edgy garage band vibe. They also seemed a bit more confident. They performed with a "we know we're good" confidence. That confidence is a combination of charm and cheek. With most, that would come off as arrogant. With The Voxys, it's simply a statement of fact.

"Sunshine At Midnight"

"Wake Up Penelope"

Set List
  • None Above You
  • Uncle's Gaff
  • Pirates
  • Bang Out Of Order
  • Champagne Charlie
  • Gypsy Cab
  • Sixth Floor
  • Sunshine At Midnight
  • We Die From That
  • Wake Up Penelope