((Pela)) Band Profile and Upcoming New York City Concerts - Oh My Rockness

photo by Brian Tamborello
Pela are a very melodic band from Brooklyn whose lead singer, Billy Swanson, kind of has a Steve Perry thing going on. A good thing, since Steve Perry rules. This band seems to have all the makings for a sizeable following -- catchy power hooks, a singer who can actually sing, and well-written words of desperation.

Pela has been compared to U2 and Modest Mouse (U2's distortion-free guitars I can see... but I have no idea where the Modest Mouse thing comes in). I think they sound more like The National and The Walkmen meets britpop. They've recently played shows with Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, Baby Dayliner, Rainer Maria and Earlimart. Expect a pop explosion from these guys very, very soon.
Published April 12, 2006
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