#ThrowbackWednesday was the name of the game on Wednesday night at Mercury Lounge. That’s where local New York band Pushmethod spent the evening unleashing their kept up energy and angst for those willing to listen in the late hours on a school night. The five-piece alternative rap-metal group commanded the stage with their style of music that isn’t heard of much these days, which makes it great when a modern band is able to display a throwback-style sound with modern twists.
Pushmethod is a dynamic blend of Rage Against the Machine and Saliva heaviness, mixed with alternative melodic vibes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime. Their ability to blend the energy-driven loud guitars and bass heavy vibe is well balanced with pop-friendly melodies and choruses. The band displayed this ability throughout their hour long set with hit potential songs ‘My Device’ and ‘Kill Me’. They also debuted two new songs in ‘Kickin The Can’ and ‘Free Hawaii’.
Throughout their set it became very clear this band has the attitude and energy that you can’t fake for the purpose of a good show, they’re the real deal. Lead by vocalist Travis Sage, the band fuels through each song like it were the last one they were ever to play. Guitarists Michael Youree and Doug Atkins feed off Sage’s leading energy and vice versa, as they add their own fuel to the musical fire. Drummer Mike Lapke and bassist Dan Hymson hold down the rhythm and low-end sections, most evidently during the bands badass cover of Queens ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ they casually added in the middle of the set.
Pushmethods ability to feed off one another is their best asset. They bring a lot to the table as individuals, but as a unit there is much more to be discovered as they showed Mercury Lounge on Wednesday. For those of us who wish there were more acts that still had a throwback hip-hop/metal sound like our heroes from the 90s, this band will be able to give you exactly what you need, even with the obligatory mic-drop at the end!
Article by Tom Shackleford