Retro rockers Public Access T.V. kicked off their US Tour last Thursday night in Boston, MA at a venue they are quite familiar with. Intimate Boston bar venue Great Scott played host to the group’s first show of 2017, as the four piece stirred up a ruckus late into the night. Public Access T.V. is on the road in support of their debut album, “Never Enough” which came out last September. The road up to their debut was a long one, as they spent two years touring and building a fan base, while writing the record.
But all their hard work finally came to fruition in 2016 with the album’s release. On Thursday night, the group would play mostly songs from that album including “Patti Peru,” “In Love and Alone” and “End of an Era.”
Public Access T.V.’s music almost sounds like something out of a time capsule. If you were to transport them to London, England in 1979 and put them on a stage, they wouldn’t look or sound out of place for a moment. Not only do they build around those palm-muted guitar riffs and frontman John Eatherly’s shouted choruses, but the band carries out the music with the attitude that gives it the an authentic feel. In an era where nostalgia has almost become it’s own genre, Public Access T.V. walks, talks, and plays the part on top of just sounding it.
Opening the show was ‘cross the pond dream pop rockers Splashh, who, contrary to Public Access T.V. have a more polished, and modern sound, relying on guitar pedals and synths to bring their sound to life. There is still that UK Underground edge to them however, especially in singer/guitarist Sasha Franz Carlson who has the attitude of a mid 20’s London rocker. Splashh are currently gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, “Waiting A Lifetime” which is due out later in 2017.
For Public Access T.V. the future is bright, finding success in a genre that was most popular in the 70’s and 80’s will be no easy task. But the fact that they are more authentic in their sound, look, and attitude than the other dozens of bands trying to capture forgotten sounds set them apart. There’s still a faction of people who listen exclusively to classic rock and punk records while complaining about the modern state of music, and for them, finding a band like Public Access T.V. will be akin to finding a pot of gold at the end of the pop music rainbow.