Tri-State Indie Pre- Award Show at Mojo on Main

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By G.D.Rocha

Edited by Bryan Pentoney

Vamping up for the up-and coming Tri State Indie Music Awards at the World Café Live in Philadelphia next month, Tri-State Indie, Tric Town, and Mojo Main teamed up for a night of explosive and thrilling local music. Featuring one of the contenders for best Delaware band of 2012, Mean Lady, the event highlighted up-and-coming groups Revolution, I Love You and Moon Children, along with local funk favorites UFO.
The very diverse range of performances was started off by Revolution, I Love You. The Philadelphia duo played a rather short but lauded set that combined an array of well-delivered harmonies with an assaulting, but sort of repetitive use of synthesizers and electronic ambiance that mesmerized by its novelty, but was ambivalent in its delivery of a musical statement. Still, their ongoing stream of pop-infused vocals with tinges of power chords were enough to get a respectable crowd warmed up for the acts to come.
In a complete 180 degree turn, Newark’s own Moon Children unleashed a cacophonous and primitive 21st century rendition of a much needed genre: punk rock. With non-abating and caveman-like drumming by folk singer Shane Palko, and thumping bass lines provided by former Tail keyboardist Zach Elfers, singer and guitar player John Ciccone was able to purge the room of whatever ambivalence was left over from the previous act. This in turn proved a big catalyst in getting the crowd jumping in a genuine sense of cannibalistic rage.
From then on, the stage was set for local funk favorite Universal Funk Order to perform an improvised, but nonetheless spot-on set, once more complimented by the use of animated horn solos, impeccable guitar playing, and the gripping free style vocals of Newark MC Corey Hawkins.
Ending the evening was power trio Mean Lady, who despite what seemed like a shortened set, were able to deliver their own introspective brand of indie music. Courtesy of Katie Dill’s syllabic-driven vocals and a much tight and stoic rhythmic section, held down by bass player Sam Nobles and percussionist Brian Bruce, the Newark band capped off the night with a string of favorites coupled with a few new numbers.

Most definitely quite the festive night for local music, it was exactly the kind of emotional catapult that Mean Lady or any other act in the shoes would have needed. It is to be determined whether they carry the momentum into the next month via votes, although if one was to judge by the evening itself, that would not be a far-off assumption