Thursday, March 16, 2006

Wizard Rock hits Philadelphia

Snobs and condescenders beware: I am about to rave about a teen band that writes music about a series of children's books.

Even if you don't like the books by JK Rowling or the Warner Bros film series, if you have an ounce of whimsy or a sense of humor - you should keep an ear out for Harry and the Potters.

Harry and the Potters are two kids from the Boston area that write indy rock tunes with lyrics about the Harry Potter series. The spiel is that they write VERY catchy music (if it were about anything else aside from Harry Potter they'd still be legit) and have been able to achieve immediate media recognition (stories on MTV and in Rolling Stone Magazine) by using the children's series as their lyrical inspiration. The best part is that their allusions to JK Rowling's universe are quite clever. The delighter is that they rock live and have tremendous energy.

I attended the Harry and the Potters show at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia last night with the only friend I have with the courage to give a band called Harry and the Potters a chance. After an atrocious opening performance by fellow Bostonian's Uncle Monsterface (great name though!), the wizard duo jumped on stage and charmingly introduced themselves "Hi, I am Harry Potter" "and I am Harry Potter too" "We're Harry and the Potters."

From the strong opener "Voldemort can't stop the Rock!" through "Stick it to Dolores," it was clear that the Potters were there to rock hard and often. As a two piece (guitar and keyboard) they relied on pre-recorded drum and rhythm sections which is fine by me - the Flaming Lips have been doing the same thing for years and the Potters each have better voices than the guy from the Lips.

They played a lot to the kids in the crowd "no death eaters here, the POWER OF ROCK has driven them away!" - but their inter song banter was sharper than most veterans and more impressive since they stayed in character the whole evening. Surprisingly the crowd was more "teen" than "kid," and there were a lot of adults - whatsomore, EVERYONE seemed to know all the words. The Potters were also very nice. I spoke to Paul (aka Fifth Year Harry Potter) before the show about a new track the band is working on and he was very personable.

Overall it was a great performance, and definitely worthy of Pitchfork's recognition as "the third best show in America."

More info about Harry and the Potters can be found at the band's website,


At 8:05 PM, Blogger Mugshot said...

I'm looking forward to checking out this band. Some of the rhetoric you quoted reminds me of Tenacious D, who also hilariously place the general concept of "rock" on exalted footing. (They drive away the evil demon by playing "the best song in the world," and seem to eradicate all evil through their musical ability.

At 2:27 AM, Blogger FriedOreo said...

Yeah, this seems intriguing. And both those guys look like Rivers Cuomo. Ryunited, you're clearly biased because you love Weezer!!!

At 10:21 AM, Blogger ryunited and it feels so good said...

Haha. Nice analogy Mugshot - though Tenacious D could never play the greatest song in the world, only a "tribute" and the demon was "shiny."

At 7:44 PM, Blogger Mugshot said...

Ah, but the DID play the greatest song in the world when faced with the demon. They just couldn't remember it for the record, so all they could do was the measley tribute.


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