The Elvis Guesthouse is situated under a restaurant, which is almost hidden to anyone who isn’t specifically looking for it. It is a small bar with a seating area covered in tile. The lighting was dim, as in every bar, but the room seemed to glow pink. As show time drew near, the bar filled quickly with dedicated fans eager for an intimate show with the musician, Brad Oberhofer.
Oberhofer and his band modestly entered the bar and started playing their music which is a fusion of indie and dance with an orchestral twist. The band features Oberhofer on vocals, guitar and keyboard whose efforts skillfully ornamented the balance of performers who played rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums. For a four-piece band, they managed to reproduce the surreal sounds of their recorded songs seamlessly. They achieved an intricate combination of sounds with experimental guitar playing blended with a keyboard. Oberhofer, the front man, was the most enthusiastic band member on stage, throwing himself into every bridge and guitar solo when he wasn’t singing. Guiding the audience from one song to another, Oberhofer charmed his fans with lyrics reminiscent of the experience of falling in love for the first time and the heartbreak of losing that love.
Oberhofer played mostly songs from his new album, “Chronovision,” and showcased the first single on of the album, “Memory Remains.” Along with his new hits, Oberhofer played a selection of old favorites. The audience sang their favorite songs and were clearly captivated by the band and the eclectic surroundings of the Elvis Guesthouse. It was impossible not to lose yourself in the danceable music, energetic vibe and the up-beat voice of Oberhofer. Despite the brevity of the set, 45 minutes long, Oberhofer impressed us with songs from his new album and welcomed conversation with the audience when he finished his set.
Oberhofer’s new album, “Chronovision,” will be out on August 21st via Glassnote Records. Keep your eye out for this talented Brooklyn-based musician and the innovative music he is creating!
Article: Jenna Petrone