Artists To Look Out For: Cosby Sweater + The Fritz
Last Friday night, I went to see the band Cosby Sweater, a new and unique name in electronic music consisting of a trio comprised of David Embry on production and vocals, Nicholas Gerlach on tenor saxophone and EWI, and Jeff Peterson on drums. Their music careers have taken off since their launch in 2012. The band rocked the Charleston Pour House, a small venue for them considering they have played at some of the top music festivals in America alongside names like Pretty Lights, Lotus, and Umphrey’s McGee. In fact, Andy Farag of Umphrey’s McGee actually joined the band on percussion, adding a new layer to their already infectiously danceable music. Considering that they often have Joel Cummins (keyboardist for Umphrey’s) join them instead, it was a pleasant surprise. Their special sound, which incorporated a whole lot of saxophone, reminded me of Big Gigantic but with more musical layers. I’ve also been to a fair share of Griz shows, which are super sax-heavy, and Nicholas Gerlach is definitely running with the big dogs. It’s crazy how this instrument, which was once a staple of jazz and blues, has become so prominent in EDM. I've even heard some people reinventing the name of the electronic-saxophone genre, calling it "Saxstep." My favorite artists are truly the ones that clash genres and create new from the old. Be sure to listen to Cosby Sweater’s Party Dad EP.
I can’t forget about the awesome opener, The Fritz. A funky five-piece rock ensemble from Asheville, North Carolina, The Fritz opened with a super strong set. The show was soulful and funky, which got the crowd warmed up for the headliner. Honestly, The Fritz was as impressive as Cosby Sweater, if not more! They opened with a bang, with Jamar Woods on keyboard and vocals, belting out pure soul. Their contagious funk rock and impressive improvisations trapped everybody in the groove, and it seemed like everyone in the venue was dancing like maniacs. Multitalented Woods stole the show and undeniably gained myself as a fan! The Fritz has a type of intoxicating energy that crowds everywhere will enjoy. That makes yet another astounding show at the Pour House. I cannot wait to see who comes next!
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