Photo Showcase: Upright Man @ Mercury Lounge, NYC

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It’s not every day that you get the pleasure of seeing a band that appears to be before their time, but with NYC based Upright Man, that’s exactly what you get plus a whole lot of rock n’ roll talent. Combining elements of alternative, psychedelic, roots rock and classic rock with complex harmonies and time signatures, the band seamlessly intertwines influences like Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Crowded House, Little Feat, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and XTC into a unique sound all their own. Comprised of Aidan Dolan (guitar/vocals), Nick Katz (bass/vocals) and Max Yassky (drums/percussion/background vocals), Upright Man provides a bigger than life sound and presence, with the effortlessly cool confidence to accompany it. 

Drowned in light and exquisite composition, it was easy to get lost in Upright Man‘s galaxy of sound. As they played tracks like “Ecstasy” and “Three Easy Pieces“, the crowd danced as though they were experiencing a musical epiphany; there was never a dull moment as every aspect of each song is expertly crafted to engage the audience in an unforgettable experience. The artistry that Upright Man possesses is ever apparent, and rather awe-inspiring, as each song absolutely drips with inspiration, passion, and dedication to their craft. I can honestly say that watching a band like Upright Man perform is something special, as it’s such an all encompassing experience and yet, so much more. This is a band poised for greatness, as they proudly boast their influences while giving them new life in the modern age.

If you ever have the chance, I’d highly recommend seeing Upright Man live– especially if you’re into psychedelic prog-rock that makes you go slack-jawed with every note. For any NYC locals, they have an upcoming show January 30th at the Brooklyn Bowl that you wont want to miss. Otherwise, I highly encourage our readers to check out their debut self-titled album on Spotify and to check out the band on Facebook.


Last modified: January 21, 2018