When The Young Presidents took the stage at Maxwell’s, the room filled quickly as their sound trickled through the doors to lure listeners in. By the time their set was done, it was clear this New York band has a sound that transcends boundaries.
The Young Presidents is a three piece power rock band comprised of Mitchell Kaneff on bass, Leon Bibi on drums, and Jake Hertzog on guitar and vocals. Their sound is eclectic; though their classic rock base is always present, a touch of 90′s alternative sneaks in every so often to blend with the classics. A savvy listener will pick up that this band has jam roots, and hints of jazz harken back to this sound.
Jazz and 90′s alternative is a unique combination, one that made the Dave Matthews Band famous. But The Young Presidents have a different sound. Listening to their cd Freedom of Speech, the beginning of their song “Never Far Away” is instantly reminiscent of the start of Train‘s “Calling All Angels,” but sung with the voice of Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace (“Somewhere Out There”).
It didn’t surprise me to find out that Jake is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, or that Mitchell studied bass there. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen talented musicians from Berklee tearing up the stage.
Perhaps most impressive, though, was the passion and synergy with which the group played. Jake and Mitchell came together at moments during the show that emphasized the cohesiveness of their music, with Leon on the drums smiling and making eye contact with fans. Jake and Mitchell offset each other nicely, with Jake being energetic and sprightly and Mitchell strumming the bass mellowly and passionately.
To find future shows for The Young Presidents, visit them on Facebook (you can sample their music while you’re there). Check out the photo gallery with pictures from the show below, and don’t forget to check out The Young Presidents at www.theyoungpresidents.com.