Sofar Philly Hosts Bands from Across the Pond

Rock On Philly had the distinct pleasure of attending this month’s Sofar show. If you’re unfamiliar with Sofar Sounds, it’s a worldwide nonprofit that brings bands, local or otherwise, to the living rooms of fans. Philadelphia’s chapter hosts a show every month, moving from house to house and band to band. This month’s show up in Fishtown featured Pennsylvania locals Maitland and Worshyper alongside Prides, of Scotland, and To Kill a King, of England.

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Sofar shows are local music at its finest. Saturday’s show was filled with good music, good company, and good drink, a night to experience music more intimately than is usually possible. The show opened with a stunning set from local band Maitland, an indie folk group likened to Iron and Wine and Bon Iver. They’ve got a good sense for harmony and beautiful lyrics. In a genre that’s starting to get a little stagnant, Maitland bring something new to the table. Check them out on bandcamp and @maitlandmusic1.

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Next up was another local group, Worshyper, a mellow synthpop trio. With a coed mix of voices, they have a James Blake-esque sound. Find them on Soundcloud and @worshyper.

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After a brief break, Philly showed some love to our friends across the water. Prides, another synthpop trio all the way from Glasgow, got the room excited during an incredible set. The three work well together to produce a clean, captivating sound. They’ve been opening for RAC and we’re glad they could stop off for a Sofar show. Sincerely hoping for a recording of their excellent (and hilarious) cover of “Time After Time”. They sort of sound like an all-male CHVRCHES. Check out their website and twitter @pridesband

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Finally, To Kill a King wrapped up the show with an incredible set. This five-piece band sounds quite a bit like Maps and Atlases. To Kill a King’s sound is organic and natural, without pretense, and fills the room beautifully. With expert harmony, gifted guitar skill, and wonderful musicality, these guys really have a lot going for them. They were a perfect closing act to a wonderful evening of music. Find them on their website and @tokillaking.

All in all, the March Sofar show was a roaring success. If you’re interested in learning more about Sofar Sounds or want to join the mailing list (they’re not just in Philadelphia!) head on over to their website. These shows are what music is all about, and if March’s lineup is any indication, they deliver a great show month after month.

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