Coming out of Philadelphia, Pa is a very cool and funky vibe of Holy Smoke, recent visitors to our lovely city for the Steel City Showcase. A five piece heavy, psychedelic groove rock band formed in early formed in 2015, it’s members are David McNally (Vocalist/Lyrics), Brian Schmidt (Guitar), Justin Ulrich (Guitar), Aaron Morgan (Drums/Precussion), and Mike Forte (Bass). Not only do these guys put on a high energy performance on the stage, their five track release “Pipe Dream” is incredible!
“Pipe Dream” is pretty much what you expect and need from a band whose vocalist can be found in hippie skirts and bare feet, a real turning back of the page to a time of peace, love and happiness with a funky and heavy feel.
“Rinse and Repeat” is made up of cool rhythmic sounds and transitions to a heavier rock feel while keeping the softer tones and smooth vocals, not an easy thing to do.
“Blue Dreams” brings you hypnotic beats and psychedelic guitar sounds. Paired with strong vocals they bring you back and forth between a dream like quality and some heavier vibes. While listening I got the feeling I was really surfing a half pipe rather than music.
“Missing the Mark” has a really smooth guitar intro and seemingly sporadic drum beats on intro and regulates itself to a meditative background of sound until the end where it lifts you up into a much less mellow feel.
“Golden Retriever” is the most fun song on the CD. Listen carefully to the lyrics and enjoy a different blend of music than the other songs, almost an old country rock vibe. This one is gonna make you smile.
“Asch Backwards” is a funky, electronic twang type of song. We’re back to a different side of the 70’s, which is pretty much where we started this journey. It’s got an almost simplistic feeling that makes this stick in your head before totally jamming out on you!!
“Pipe Dream” can be found on Bandcamp, http://holysmokephilly.bandcamp.com and since
Holy Smoke will be coming back soon enough to Pittsburgh so check them out on Facebook so you know when – or take a road trip! https://www.facebook.com/pg/holysmokephilly. Don’t forget to hit that like button while you check them out and let the guys know you appreciate their stuff!!
Jana Lee Macheca (aka Lady Jaye) is the owner and editor of First Angel Media as well as professional photographer and writer. Having worked in national and local levels of music media her goal is to provide professional coverage for bands of all levels.