Concert review: Nightmare of You at Crowbar

Frontman Brandon Reilly (formerly of The Movielife) sang in a somewhat nasally falsetto, but it was a surprisingly pleasant. His vocals took me to another place and put me in a near trance when paired with the band's overall sound, which combined elements of classic rock, pop, and alt rock. All of the songs had their own twist and were laced with intricate melodies and enchanting lyrics. Bassist Brandon Meyer threw down some badass basslines (at one point, Reilly actually commented "That is nasty!") and drummer Michael Fleichmann dropped some serious beats, sometimes flavored with a hint of hip-hop. And guitarist Jospeh McCaffery blew my mind. He played so fast that his hand was a virtual blur!

Nightmare of You put out their self-titled debut in 2005, released videos for three of their singles, and soon became popular on FUSE TV's Steven's Untitled Rock Show and Oven Fresh. Currently, the band is gearing up to release their sophmore effort, Infomaniac, on August 4. If you enjoy music that is creepy, but in a good way -- a more upbeat Shins mixed with Radiohead and a dash of The Matches -- I would suggest picking up a copy.

Looking over my notes from Thursday night's show, I'm inclined to call Nightmare of You unique. Words like "nuts," "dub" and "sultry" jump off the page, infiltrating my consciousness and recreating the music of this NYC band.

The four-piece put on an incredible show. After a little bit of gambling with members of other bands (Plushgun, Brian Bonz, and Aushua), these guys jumped on stage and rocked it. There was no need for onstage shenanigans — the music said it all.

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