There is a certain honesty and warmth to Satellite’s sound. As the band went through songs off of their soon to be released debut full length, Calling Birds, I remember their sound filling me with a sense of comfort as I listened. Their sound reminded me of Dave Matthews mixed with Snow Patrol, particularly on single “Say the Words.” Singer Steven McMorran’s voice was particularly captivating. I liked the passion and emotion with which he sang. You could tell that he really feels what he sings.
What made the guys even more charming was their nervousness to be in the spotlight. As they talked to the audience, it often felt like they didn’t know what to say, even becoming somewhat apologetic. McMorran apologized for his “terrible” piano playing during a new, unreleased song (not from Calling Birds). The band seemed humbled that everyone was cheering for them loud after every song.
However, that nervousness seemed to disappear when they started playing. It felt like they got stronger and more comfortable with each song. The band ended on a high note with their last two songs, “Say the Words,” and “‘til I Return.”
The intimateness of Satellite’s set at The Living Room was perfect for the warmth and comfort of the band’s sound. Between their sound and the strength of their songs, this was a great way for the band to introduce their music to New York.