The Great Enough – Philadelphia, PA – Alt Rock
What is in the water in Philly? I can’t get enough of all the solid bands that are coming out of the City of Brother Love. One band that caught my interest after one listen of their song “BowerBirds’ is the Great Enough. The Great Enough causes a stir. Watching them is like being part of their party. This exuberant quartet consists of Bright Kelly, lead singer, guitar, Brian DiBiagio, lead guitarist. Jon Hoff, drums and Robby Crane, bass and keys.
The Great Enough instantly impresses as a feisty four piece. Enigmatic front man Kelly admits his raspy, voice is not the product of whiskey and cigarettes but simply “puberty” He claims to “run with what he is got” Trust me he is not just another voice on the radio, which is one of their well written songs. This is a driven band that hunkers down and frequently practices 3 – 4 hours at a time to achieve their self-described “Soul alternative’ sound. The band intentionally strips away some of the expectations of the genre they belong to, by allowing Kelly’s raspy soulful Wilson Pickett-ish instincts to run wild or by elevating the lyrics. The Great Enough want to “move people” Kelly claims “During rehearsals our drummer John serves as our drill sergeant and we try to create a constructive listening environment where push each other toward perfection. We don’t just jam – we’re a really driven band” The band is inspired by a plethora of genres including vintage rock, late 90s and 90s alt, prog rock and vintage soul They also appreciate modern bands such as the Killers, Young the Giant. They have been digging into Judah and The Lion,a band for which The Great Enough had the thrill of acting as an opening act.
Lyrically they are a step above some of the other bands rocking in the free world lately. Attribute this to Kelly a self-proclaimed “word nerd” who devours books in his spare time. In fact, the band’s name comes from a line out of one of his favorite novels, The Society of Others, by William Nicholson. Kelly says having it being the great enough is as if “You had a hard day at work and maybe you stop off to grab a drink. Then there is that moment when you see your friends and they are happy to see you and all the drama of life goes away”
He says he is “a ginger manic up on stage belting out soul songs cleverly disguised as alt rock or power pop anthems.” He leans into a Freddie Mercury and most recently Brian Fallon vibe creating and “unapologetic brashness” about the way he delivers a song. The boys in the band clearly elevate his vision pouring their hearts out over rippling guitar, tasty bass lines and wide open percussion which includes rhythmic bongo playing.
Their album Born dropped in July, 2018. The elegant yet popping tune “Bower Birds’ exemplifies the band’s lyrical abilities. I hear a bit of Scott Hutchinson in his smoky vocal delivery. Bower birds “are renowned for their unique courtship behavior, where males build a structure and decorate it with sticks and brightly colored objects in an attempt to attract a mate.” He sings “She said said you we are not Bower Birds/ You need not bring me a thing/ If you love me sing” A gorgeous lofty song that hits your ears smoothly. He claims it gets fans to get into a hoedown mode. Listen you will be clapping and dancing in no time.
A band favorite to perform “Die Young” plays on his gruff, gravely vocal abilities. He is in top soul rocker form on this track. Raunchy in the best possible way, the song will get under your skin. Highlights of this song include very angled guitar riffs. Hoff keeps solid time on his kit. “I set fires’ Die Young /Cause living is easy.” This song plays out like a soulful anthem..
“Its Inexplicable” also has an anthem theme. “And you know the pen is mighty/ It’s inexplicable why we try again/We try again!” A skintight buzzing guitar keeps the pace. The searing drum beat compliment to his voice but and keeps that tempo driving. This is a song again that will stick in your brain. His soul alternative ideas resonate through your auditory system while settling into your brain. Makes you want to get up and fist pump. YES
Caught a Youtube video of the band doing a cover of the ChVrches “Get Out’. I highly recommend you watch to check out the bold magnetism Kelly exudes as front man. His band mates are comfortable rocking their instruments. Hoff bangs the bongs to excellent effect. DiBiagio rocks his axe with a tight picking style. Crane is comfortably loose on the bass.
They all look very polished for such a young band. The bro fist pumps at the end of the set confirm their solidarity.
The Great Enough are getting local play on 88.5 and 104.5. The Great Enough is set for a for a breakout that I do believe they are poised and ready to undertake.