Dryvel and The Finer Things Rock the Belmont

Traveling to the familiar metro sprawl of downtown Hamtramck, we caught two exciting local bands — Dryvel [Myspace Music] doing their thing at the Belmont.

Located along Jos. Campau the Belmont is a long-standing bar that’s much beloved by locals and out of towners alike.  It also frequently hosts live music, with a pretty decent small stage complete with room for supposedly 200 people (though only about 20 have a good view of the band).

We came to this show primarily to check out Dryvel, a band we profiled two years ago.  For the evening the lineup was the same as before — Matt Marriott on drums, Robert Grupido on guitar, and Nick Coccia on bass guitar.  Actually this might have been one of the last times to see this lineup in action — as Nick is departing from the band.  Dryvel is currently searching for a new bass guitarist to replace Nick.

So what has become of Dryvel over the last two years?  Well, for one thing they’ve definitely tightened up their sound.  Sporting tracks off their new self-recorded full-length release He Walks Alone, the band showed a clear maturation.  From breaks in instrumentals, to chanting choruses, Dryvel’s songs are now much more structured and enjoyable.

Dryvel: 2010 era

Dryvel: 2010 era

Last time we saw Dryvel in action, we mentioned that the vocals were a rough patch.  The vocalists have remained the same — Nick and Robert — but we feel both vocalists actually improved significantly, we’d say — which makes Nick’s departure a bit more unfortunate.

Nick Coccia, Dryvel bassist

Nick Coccia, Dryvel bassist

The band’s sound is comparable to a green Rise Against or Taking Back Sunday.  Depending on what label you want to (ab)use the band falls roughly under the post-punk/hardcore/pop-punk umbrella.  With songs like The Fall, Half Past Midnight, and The Train That Stopped my Ambulance, Dryvel had the whole crowd singing along.  Perhaps not surprising, considering The Fall recently began to see radio play on 89X and WXOU.

Dryvel drummer Matt Marriott, preparing to rock

Dryvel drummer Matt Marriott, preparing to rock

The set was everything this kind of act should be — energetic, fun, and fast-paced.  The band played pretty much their whole album in the time it’d take to get a few songs in at some shows.

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