Atlanta’s favorite peddlers of all things funky, Secondhand Swagger, hit the stage Saturday night at Terminal West and inflicted some serious soul onto the folks in attendance. Part of an all night event benefitting We’re Hear For You, Swagger hit the stage, opened up a can of smooooooth (yes that needed the extra “O’s”) that had the crowd grooving. The beer was ice cold and the band was smokin' hot dishing out a set of tunes that stole the show.
Front lady Abby Wren’s vocals were powerful as she belted out original tunes that sounded like they came from somewhere in the past, almost as if she had been possessed. The band offered up many layers of music that framed Wren’s vocals lead by Dane Skelton’s raucous sax playing. He provided the jazziness and when he grabbed the harmonica it can only be described as bad ass. Scott Bryan set the pace with his drumming that was not overbearing but supplied the right amount of rhythm. Jason Beard gave the music a bit of an edge with his guitar playing while the smoothness of Larry Thomas and his bass delivered the funkiness that makes there music stand out and smack the listener in the face, in a good way. The band sounded tight and as the music exploded from the speakers the laid back crowd bolted towards the stage with uncontrollable dancing breaking out all around the room. As the band played on their performance grew stronger and they finished leaving the room wanting more. Hearing their tunes live totally blew away what I have heard on CD, and that is no small feat because their album is pretty damn good.
Secondhand Swagger has a lot of promise. Honing their skills through hard work and playing live whenever and wherever they can, they have developed a pretty rabid local following. I will be surprised if their popularity does not explode soon. You really need to check out their self titled album, and then catch the band live whenever possible, you can thank me later.