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Station @ Gramercy Theatre (8/24/2017)

Artist: Station
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Tempt
Date: 8/24/2017
Label: Independent Artist

Written By: Steven Stolper (copyright 2017) for PiercingMetal.com

If you are a fan of melodic rock of the kind played by Def Leppard and Van Halen, you know that there’s not much of that in the local music scene which is unfortunate. Blues rock, sure. Alterna-Pop indie grunge with progressive leanings, yes. Extreme metal of all flavors, why not. But if you want some good time rock n roll with catchy choruses backed up by decently played guitars with a wicked solo here and there, it’s pretty slim pickings. Two of the best groups carrying the torch for melodic rock/metal in the area are Station and Tempt. Shockingly, it seems that they have never played together before, so it was very exciting to see them on the same bill. Gramercy Theatre is one of the nicest venues of its size in the city, and a great place to see these local favorites.

Tempt took the stage first. Even though the band members are pretty young, they have been playing together for many years now, and their stagecraft is very polished. At some point, they had a different rhythm section. The current lineup is closer together in age which seems better for the band’s image. Interestingly enough the drummer’s father is also a drummer in a cool Canadian band called The Tea Party. They’re one of those bands that I’ve been a fan of but have never seen live. Maybe someday. A recent visit from fellow Canuck rockers Big Wreck, after more than a decade of absence, gives me hope. Tempt has an EP and a full-length album, Runaway, out, so plenty of material to choose from. Most of the night’s set was new music though. The new songs stay in the same bouncy pop metal/rock universe. A bit more of a slick pop sound to the vocal hooks maybe. More Hysteria than Pyromania so to speak. Front man Zach Allen is a very physical presence while belting out those melodies. Almost too active for this frustrated photographer trying to capture a moment. Guitarist Harrison Marcello’s creative soloing was a pleasure to listen to. The song-within-a-song kind of melodic compositions remind of Vito Bratta and Andy Timmons (from White Lion and Danger Danger respectively). Advanced technique but never overpowering the song. More John Norum than Yngwie Malmsteen if you will. The crowd liked what they were hearing and who could blame them. The band’s music is happy and easy to get into even if you don’t know the difference between White Lion and Black Sabbath. Band closed out the set with their anthemic first single “Under My Skin”.
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