Once in a while I’ll make the trip out to Bushwick to see a band, but it takes a special act to get me to do so. Enter Pete RG and his fantastic band on a cool early fall night, in the dimly lit back room at Kings County Saloon. Having caught Pete RG’s set last spring, and interviewing him this summer, I was more excited than usual to shoot a gig. Add in the fact that one of the worlds best drummers in Dave Krusen is part of the band, made it even more promising.
Watching the five member band set up on such a tiny stage was almost comical, but they managed to squeeze in and started the night off with “Our Escape,” the first song off the new EP, ‘Reaching For The Moon’. From the start, it was a generous offering of high-quality rock with honest and engaging lyrics, a hammering backbeat plus gorgeous harmonies. Not long into the set, Pete decided the stage was too small to groove out on and stepped off to be with the crowd, never missing a beat, he serenaded a young lady before hopping back with his band.
They continued with two more songs off the new EP called “Divine” and True Love,” which sounded even better than the recording and am really excited for the EP to be released on October ninth. The rest of the set went by to fast with numbers like the upbeat “Let It All Go” and the closing song “I Believe.” Being that it was a Tuesday night in a sparsely-populated part of the city, the crowd was thin, but you wouldn’t of noticed as both band and audience had a great time.
Word has it Pete RG will be back in the spring, we’ll be sure to keep you updated beforehand so you too, can catch this fast rising act.
Article: Shayne Hanley