The guitar is dirty, the drums are spontaneously combusting and the bass is thumping your skull in rhythmic time…this is Galvanize.
The trio out of Philadelphia held the final slot at Thursday’s showcase at Bowery Electric devilishly blasting the eardrums of the sizable crowd. A screeching wail on the guitar followed by the whip-like crack of drumsticks kicked off the set ensuring anyone within a three block radius would know Galvanize had taken the stage. Frontman Peter Milos met drummer Scott Frassetto (who toured with Moby for 11 years) in Philly when both were looking for a creative outlet that didn’t have to be dressed up in gimmicks and didn’t require an eight-piece band and all the drama that goes along with it. Once they added Nicole Roberts on bass, the true rounded Galvanize sound was formed—hard-hitting, honest to god rock that lives up to the band’s name. It stirs the listener on a different level and last night’s gig spurred the crowd to bang their heads as only those truly feeling the music will do. The darkened room lit by the artistic projections courtesy of Supramod enveloped the audience in a screaming hush as the band ran through their set with a ferocity usually reserved for the larger stages of the Bowery Ballroom or Irving Plaza. The audience was not left wanting as crowd favorites “Follow” and “The John That Doesn’t Pay” were given the full grungy treatment by the band as they left melodic blood and lyrical sweat on the stage.
And this is a band with a message layered within the skeletal framework of its music. The lyrics of their songs speak to heartbreak, but not from a “boy meets girl” point of view, but rather from a voice that has become disenchanted with the state of the world—a world that is crying out with a need to evolve into something more real and meaningful. These interlaced themes give the audience a chance not just to rock, but to fill their craniums with a hope that art and music can transcend the limits we put on ourselves everyday in this rat-race world.
Galvanize is currently at work on their follow-up EP, due out in April 2015. You can find them playing their hearts out on the circuit in Philly, DC and NYC on a regular basis.
Article by: Hannah Soule