LIVE: The World Is A Beautiful Place, The Hotelier, Rozwell Kid, Posture & The Grizzly @ World Cafe, Philadelphia

By Brandon Gepfer

This tour package had been something I was looking forward to for some time. TWIABP has been a band only rising in popularity, along with The Hotelier on the heels of their incredible new record, “Home Like Noplace is There.” These two bands have always been a staple in the DIY punk scene of basement shows but, have since moved on to legitimate venues that don’t run the risk of being shut down by the police. Although, as excited as I was for the two main draws, the show was a great chance to see some up-and-comers in Posture & The Grizzly and Rozwell Kid. A lot can be said about TWIABP but, I respect that they insist on introducing their fans to their ever so talented friends as demonstrated on most of their tours.

The night started off with The Posture & The Grizzly, a Connecticut band that focuses on punk and pop. Singer Jordan is perfectly capable of making awkward statements then driving right into the next punch-in-the-mouth punk song. The crowd was a little sparse as it was right at 7pm but, that had no affect on the delivery of their set.

Rozwell Kid was up next and seeing their set really brings their new record to life. The crowd had filed in and the band fed off that. As I looked around during ‘Halloween 3.5’ it was apparent that this band has started to cultivate a very devoted fan base in which every word can be recited. This band is going to take their brand of Weezer inspired rock to the masses and it’s only a matter of time. Check out their new record on Broken World Media.

Admittedly, I haven’t listened to The Hotelier’s new album until just before this show and I’m the type of guy that comes way late to a party. I was changed, however. This band is just doing everything right and it was obvious to see last Friday. Catchy songs, quiet intros in which the crowd screams along to every word, I didn’t want their set to stop. Finishing up the night was TWIABP, blending atmospheric with emo and being the only band with two drummers on stage I’ve seen that could pull it off. TWIABP is extraordinarily good at writing music I like to relax to but playing it live and forcing me to bang my head.

This tour had everything and as I mentioned previously, it’s awesome that the two bigger bands on this package continue to take out small bands that deserve attention.