By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
New York City’s The Gantry made their way down to the district this past weekend with a killer performance at Axum Lounge. The group was started after the release of singer/guitarist Kevin Goldhahn’s self-titled EP, when album musicians Tim Cornish and Jeff Kay on bass and guitar, respectively, decided to join the group. They began gigging regularly, with drummer Adam Knobloch later joining up to create the current lineup.
Citing influences such as Wilco, The Gaslight Anthem, My Morning Jacket many others, The Gantry’s tunes are filled with soaring guitar licks and riffs, and three-part harmonies that would give Crosby, Stills and Nash a run for their money.
The quartet kicked off its minute set with the driving “Zombies,” a driving tune off Goldhahn’s solo EP, and for the next 45
minutes they showed off some impressive musical chops and songwriting abilities.
Despite feeling a bit under the weather, Goldhahn’s voice sounded strong and in charge, even performing one song solo with just his acoustic guitar and harmonica.
As the group’s last stop on a 10-day tour, they showcased their tight onstage presence and showmanship. Cornish jumped and grooved around the stage behind his band mates, while Kay took many opportunities to show off his impressive guitar skills, unleashing one cool lick and solo after another. And Knobloch held everything together with some fun beats and killer fills.
Despite being unknown to the majority of the venue, The Gantry easily won over the crowd, and by the end of their set had the crowd dancing and clapping along with the tunes. After the show the group headed back up north having finished the tour, but let’s hope they make their way back down again sometime soon.
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