Reviewed by Rebecca Sheriff
I attended the Brian Wolff Band’s (BWB) show last Saturday night (Oct. 1) at Barnaby’s Pub in Endwell. BWB has quickly gained a presence in the local music scene playing many shows in the area and developing a following or “Wolff Pack” as the band calls it. I imagine this is because the BWB is one the few original rock bands around. It was certainly refreshing to hear some original rock music at the show in addition to some classic and modern rock covers.
Saturday night’s show included songs from the band’s album One Way Street such as punk rock-sounding “Back in Apalachin,” a song about lead guitarist and vocalist Brian Wolff’s hometown. Also played was a new song titled “Strong” that Wolff wrote in reaction to the recent flooding. The song has an uplifting, arena rock feel and clearly could become an anthem for the Southern Tier. The band also played new and older classic rock songs by the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Nirvana and even was able to make Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” enjoyable, turning it into an edgy rock song.
Wolff’s guitar work demonstrated passion and dedication as he played flawless rock solos. The whole band had an amazing presence, even in the small space. I could clearly envision the BWB handling a large stage with ease. Overall, the band was very well rehearsed, appearing professional and experienced. Of course, all of these things are made easy when genuine love for music is present.
To experience the BWB for yourself, check out Wolff and company from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (Oct. 7) in front of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. The band will be playing prior to the Binghamton Senators’ home opener.
For more about the band, visit brianwolffmusic.com.