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Jolly

29 Mar

Jolly @ Centralstation Darmstadt

Jolly @ Centralstation Darmstadt

It has been quite the wait. After releasing “Audio Guide to Happiness Part 1″, New York-based Jolly got to work on Part 2. For fans, it seems, the time in between was spent asking about the record (how many times the release date was a topic of conversation on Facebook is surreal). Now that it’s finally out, the awesome four-piece returned to Europe to support Polish progressive rockers Riverside on their tour.

It’s almost impossible to compare this new Jolly experience to my last. The last – and first – time I saw Jolly live was at a small festival in a club-size venue. An intimate, dimly-lit setting. A full set. This time at Darmstadt’s Centralstation, I only had about 30 minutes to rock out, but the show and sound certainly made up for it. As always, the tunes from both audio guides did not fail to put me in an extremely good mood. As did the energy coming from the four up on stage.

Jolly @ Centralstation Darmstadt

Jolly @ Centralstation Darmstadt

I hate to call these guys progressive or alternative. I would prefer to just call them versatile. Songs brimful with ideas and stories, some heavy riffs, some class melodies. And the talent to back it all up. In a nutshell, that’s what you get when you get Jolly. And they would swear that they love you as well.

Jolly are:
Anadale – vocals, guitar
Joe Reilly – keyboard, sampler
Anthony Rondinone – bass, vocals
Louis Abramson – drums

Flickr the show here.
Find out more about Jolly here.
Get the program for Centralstation Darmstadt here.