Roy Orbit brought it in spades last night. The place: The Bitter End. Upon entering this seminal New York club, you are greeted with the all too familiar “bar smell” (and for those of you reading this who are underage and have no idea of what i speak, think alcohol-fueled man musk). Anywhere between 50 to 60 patrons are milling about, drinking, socializing, and enjoying the evenings live acts. We (myself and my two other kilSters in crime) show up to the club at around 9:30pm. The reason? We came to be space rocked. Little did we know it would be another hour and a half before that was to happen. We arrived at the tail end of a tribute band performing the music of Jill Seifers Walsh. Funktastic to say the least, but still, not the space rock we craved. Up next we were greeted to the hips-gyrating, manic Maroon 5-like dancing and with the Bruno Marsian-falsetto of Justin Stein. There’s a little black man living inside this kid (no, i’m not being racist. I’m just saying, he’s got soul.) But again, Justin Stein is for another time, another post. At 11pm it was time. Roy Orbit was the band we came to see and we were not disappointed.
We came to be space rocked.
Formed in 2011, Roy Orbit are three sonic sounding musicians in the purest form of the word. They are: Fotis Louzakos (guitarist/lead singer), Stathis Karathanasis (bass/keyboards), and Arthur Montauk (skins). Musically they resemble early Oasis/Muse minus the pomp and pretension that those british lads embody. They are America’s answer to Muse, but in my opinion, infinitely better. What makes Roy Orbit better is the fact that where they were playing to fifty people but their performance was bombastic enough, you completely forgot that you were in a the small club. These boys were playing as if they were headlining Madison Square Garden.
Musically they resemble early Oasis/Muse minus the pomp and pretension that those british lads embody.
The show starts off with the beautiful “Farewell Suite 16” and from there you are instantly transported for the next fifty minutes into a blistering set of your favorite songs that you have yet to discover. Roy Orbit’s performance is electrifying without the accompaniment of any fancy light show, no flashy gimmicks here, folks. Roy Orbit is just three musicians doing what they do best: Rock! And rock they did for those fifty minutes, the crowd is transfixed to the stage and Roy Orbit commands the audience’s attention until the very end with their religiously hypnotic track, “Fly“. When Roy Orbit finish their set, we are left wanting more. That right there is the mark of a band on the rise to greater things to come. We were lucky enough to snag an interview with Roy Orbit a few days after their show at The Bitter End. (Below we have included said interview. Click the PLAY button to enjoy!)
Roy Orbit’s performance is electrifying without the accompaniment of any fancy light show, no flashy gimmicks here, folks. Roy Orbit is just three musicians doing what they do best: Rock!
There will come a day when Roy Orbit will invade mainstream media and the whole world will know their name and sing along to their songs, but, for now, they are ours, New York, and because they were born and bred in our grand city, they’ll always be ours. We experienced them first and no one can ever take that away from us, because Roy Orbit is proof positive that musically, New York still has so much more creativity to share with the rest of the world. For now, take comfort in knowing that they are our best kept secret, the rest of the world will have to wait for the greatness that awaits their eardrums. #Roy Orbit #Space rock phenoms