Mo Lowda & The Humble and Kingfisher
Friday, December 21, 2018 @ Nectar's
Bar & Restaurant: 5:00pm
21+ $5 ADV // $5 DOS
Mo Lowda & The Humble
Known for their progressive song writing and energetic live performances, Mo Lowda & the Humble’s beginnings were in the beer-soaked basements of Philadelphia. Following the release of their first full length album in 2013, the trio, consisting of Jordan Caiola, Shane Woods, and Nate Matulis began playing venues throughout the city. After experiencing the high of multiple sold out hometown shows, The Humble took their act on the road. 2015 was highlighted by shows throughout the country and plays at notable summer festivals such as Firefly. The band’s 2016 sophomore release, ‘Act Accordingly’, is a short and sweet embodiment of the band’s natural progression; refining their already formidable sound.
You’d be hard-pressed to define Copilot. The Massachusetts-based group are made up of powerhouse vocalist Maggie Quealy, charismatic frontman Ry McDonald, bassist Austin Beveridge, and drummer Dylan Allwine.
Quealy and McDonald attended the same high school together, but it wasn’t until after graduating college the two started their musical journey. After returning home from playing music on a cruise ship in 2015, McDonald saw a video of Quealy belting on Youtube and reached out to her to make musical fusion. It was like they’d been singing together forever. Before long they drew the attention of local venues and wrote their first album “Downbeat.” Made entirely in memory of McDonald’s old band member Jake Gregg. (Suncooked)
When it comes to sound, Copilot aren’t so much making music as they are crafting an experience. You could call them Americana because of their twangy harmonies or even pop thanks to their danceable beats, but maybe nouns aren’t quite right. Adjectives, on the other hand, might do them justice.
In-your-face. Energetic. Powerful. Catchy. Melodic. Refreshing.
Versatile vocals and harmonies drive the band: a soulful ache, a ferocious howl, a buttery croon. Instrumental camaraderie is important too: foot-stomping percussion, quiet guitar lines, twinkling rhythms. Copilot’s real talent lies in skillfully mixing and matching these elements to cultivate the perfect package of retro-pop goodness that does not just suggest repeat playings but demands it.