The Blizzard of 78

Nate & Pip | The Blizzard of 78

WFNX has been running a great Friday night music series at Bill’s Bar on Lansdowne Street. It’s hosted by Dave Duncan, DJ for WFNX’s weekly show that features an hour of Boston bands. They note themselves as the place to hear Boston band’s first. Of course, that isn’t quite true anymore. The night features three Boston area bands for $5 with doors at 9pm and the first band going on around 10pm. I was there this past Friday to see a new (to me) favorite: The Blizzard of 78 and to finally see awesome power popsters Anushka Pop who I’ve been playing on Exploit Boston Radio for a long time.

Boston is full of great bands. There are so many that it’s impossible to know about all of them. Which I guess is what happened with me and The Blizzard of 78. Prior to 2003 they were known as Delta Clutch. That name at least sounded familiar but I had never seen them live or had any of their music playing on Exploit Boston Radio. Four of the original DC ensemble (minus Phil Aiken) make up The Blizzard of 78: guitarist/bassist Nate Leavitt, bassist/guitarist Christopher Cugini, drummer Paul Myers and singer Pip plus new(er) guy Brian Syrjala on keyboards.

The Blizzard of 78 were so ridiculously good Friday night. They describe themselves as “supercharged soul” and that sums up their live sound perfectly. The band’s debut CD “Where All Life Hangs” came out a couple months ago and it’s worth a purchase either as a regular CD or as a download through iTunes.

I had my camera settings a little messed up at the show; but Matt saved the day and helped me tinker with them in PhotoShop. He also gave me excellent tips for the next time I take photos at a concert. I’m looking forward to doing just that on Tuesday night for the Catherine Rosenzweig benefit concert at Great Scott featuring The Campaign For Real Time, Robby Roadsteamer, Bon Savants, (acoustic) HUMANWINE and commedianne ..

2 replies on “The Blizzard of 78”

Funny that you just saw Blizzard of ’78! Andrea and I just went to see Coat of Arms in Providence – Pip’s old band from… well, 1988, I think. She wrote about it here.

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