Say Hi – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia Pa.

Seattle by way of Brooklyn based Say Hi played at Philadelphia’s Johnny Brenda’s last week to a mostly receptive crowd. I say mostly receptive because there was an obnoxious, elderly drunken man who decided he needed to boo at random points throughout the band’s set. At one point, frontman Eric Elbogen retorted, “What do you do, exactly, so that I can come down to your office and boo you tomorrow?” The rest of the crowd laughed and commiserated, knowing this one asshole totally ruined Philadelphia Eric and fellow bandmate Weston Glass. On behalf of the jerks of my hometown, I apologize, guys.

The set was filled with poppy melodies over great beats played by Glass, who is absolutely sick on the drums. Elbogen had a smoky and sexy voice that sounded as if he’d just woken up and decided to sing to a crowd of hipster kids in Philadelphia. The crowd was very into the music and came to the band’s defense when the drunk guy began to speak up after Elbogen and Glass finished their second song. After his witty retort, Elbogen decided to power through the set, ignoring the random jeers and cheers from Drunky. Bouncy beats with beautiful pop sensibilities were met with electronic flourishes that would have been great for video games.

Funky beats were interchanged with a soft and sad quietness reminiscent of The Cure, hard melodic power pop and dark and sexy surf rock. Catchy riffs and hooky melodies were featured in a tight set the crowd could more than get behind. Say Hi is a great act live; check out more tour dates below.

Tour Dates:
03-12-08 @ Corner of 6th and Lamar — Austin, TX; 5pm
03-12-08 @ The Purevolume Ranch — Austin, TX
03-14-08 @ Red Eyed Fly (SXSW Showcase) — Austin, TX (@)
03-16-08 @ Lola’s — Fort Worth, TX (!)
03-18-08 @ The Hi-Dive — Denver, CO (!)
03-19-08 @ Kilby Court — Salt Lake City, UT (!)
03-21-08 @ Live on Indie 103.1 FM — Los Angeles, CA; 3pm PST
03-21-08 @ Spaceland — Los Angeles, CA (!)
03-22-08 @ Bottom Of The Hill — San Francisco, CA (!)
04-02-08 @ Live on KEXP — Seattle, WA; 12pm PST
04-03-08 @ Chop Suey — Seattle, WA (&)
04-04-08 @ Someday Lounge — Portland, OR
05-24/26-08 @ Sasquatch Music Festival — George, WA

@ with Lucero, Cloud Cult, Land Of Talk and more
! with Kevin Devine
& with Siberian and Battle Hymns

Say Hi:
website | myspace | download “Northwestern Girls”

[where: 1201 N. Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125]


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