Philly-area four-piece Satellite Hearts are a bunch of bruiser rock and rollers, big riffs and loud amps and thunder drums. But folks who attended this Sunday’s SoFAR Philly show on West Spring Garden Street got to hear a different side of the band. They traded their Les Paul Customs for acoustic guitar and mandolin, their Matchless amps for an unamplified living room, and showed their sound’s versatility. Plugged in, they’re totally raucous and Blues Explosion-y; acoustic, it takes a more Beatles bent, and the group wears both sides well.
The new EP Satellite Hearts released on Friday definitely takes the former approach; Four to the Floor burns across three tracks in just about ten minutes, leaving Black Keys style skidmarks. The set was recorded at New York’s Converse Rubber Tracks Studio this April, and it’s the band’s final release before entering an autumn / winter hibernation for songwriting purposes. It told the SoFAR crowd on Sunday that their last area show for a while is on Saturday, September 28, when it plays an afternoon set at the New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival; its set happens at 2 p.m.., more information can be found here. Below, listen to Four to the Floor, and grab a download at Bandcamp.