Philadelphia has an awesome music scene, and many of the city’s local bands are gaining or have gained national recognition. Two local favorites are Kevin Anderson & the Stick Em Up Kids and The Electric Boa.
Kevin Anderson & the Stick Em Up Kids
Brainchild of front man Kevin Anderson, Kevin Anderson & the Stick Em Up Kids certainly provide audiences with a unique listening experience. Anderson and his band seamlessly fuse the rhythms of jazz, funk and reggae into their own smooth sound.
Anderson was born and raised in South Philadelphia, where he was first inspired by hip-hop. He was immediately captivated by the rhythmic technique of artists like Arrested Development and A Tribe Called Quest. Even today, he credits hip-hop as the inspiration behind his own unique style.
Anderson made his debut in the Philly music scene with his funk-jazz fusion band Pornofunk, but he soon set out on his own to pursue a solo career.
In 2006, Anderson traveled to Central America and played with some of the region’s most well known artists, including Solon Sirias, a prominent figure known for his work with pop stars Ricky Martin and Shakira.
The Stick Em Up Kids consist of:
Ryan Jarvis (lead guitar), who began playing at aged nine and has developed into a blues-based guitarist. He is most influenced by notable guitarists John Mayer and Jimi Hendrix, and prior to linking up with the Stick Em Up Kids, Jarvis was lead guitarist for two New Jersey bands.
Kjell Benner (bass) has been a fixture in the music industry since his days with Quiet Riot. He has had the opportunity to perform worldwide with several major acts and has lent his talents to recordings by Patti LaBelle and Arlen Roth.
Andrew Owens (drums), Wally Smith (keyboard), and Nate Nato (electronic drums/Electronic FX) are also bandmates.
Though The Roots and G. Love admittedly influenced his style, Anderson has molded a sound uniquely his own. Catchy pop tunes highlight rhythmic jazz riffs, and the jazz is bolstered by funky bass lines—both of which still somehow incorporate smooth reggae. Their newest album Soul Food perfectly encapsulates this sound.
Songs to check out:
The Electric Boa
According to their website, The Electric Boa doesn’t just remind you of all things rock, they are all things rock.
Led by their monikered front man Higgsy, every line and chord of The Electric Boa is as dramatic and honest as the front man himself.
If you threw Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin into a blender, surely The Electric Boa would be the result. With their rocking guitars, memorable vocals and catchy choruses, this band will have you hooked from the first song you hear. In their newest album, Candy Coated Cyanide, there are a wide variety of sounds, but each song is consistently entertaining.
The Electric Boa consists of front man and lead singer Higgsy, backed by Dalee Thomas (drums and vocals), Morten G.P. (guitar), David James (guitar), and Greg Cornwell (bass).
With their ability to blend raw power with Mick Jagger swagger, The Electric Boa is definitely a band to look out for.
Songs to check out:
“Terror on the Reservation”
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