Commonwealth Choir

The Deli Philly’s Year End Poll - Top Performers: Commonwealth Choir

With the release of their EP Shirtless, Doylestown natives Commonwealth Choir announced their presence with a splash. The Davis Jameson Howley-fronted five-piece seems to have found a natural equilibrium - one that meshes a casually loose energetic tone, while remaining tight musically. That enthusiastic rock/folk atmosphere, coupled with memorable lyrics presented through Howley’s confident vocals and given that extra boost of polished harmonies, has created a buzz. Commonwealth Choir gives off that immediately catchy, carefree feeling that welcomes listeners to join in on their good time. That infectious invitation of crisp, almost unintended intermingling bass/drum/guitar groove, instrumentation and fun bursting hooks made Shirtless a promising first chapter. Commonwealth Choir has laid down an excellent foundation, demonstrating an ability to produce music that is irresistibly enjoyable pop with just enough of a hint of a raw edge. They have a building block that has listeners eager to hear how the next step sounds. (You can view the rest of The Deli Philly's Best of 2013 Emerging Artists list HERE.) - Michael Colavita


Communion Night w/Caveman, Commonwealth Choir, Cruiser & More at Underground Arts Feb. 6

Are you ready to be saved? No? Neither am I, but I am very pumped to get out of my apartment tonight after all this sleet and snow. Where will I be? Communion is bringing their monthly music showcase once again to Underground Arts. The event connects rising national/international touring acts with some of your favorite locals. This evening features former Deli NYC Emerging Artist of the Year, Caveman, whose intelligent indie pop is so good for the soul. They’ll also be supported by indie-rock heartthrobs Commonwealth Choir, uber-catchy, buzzing indie-popsters Cruiser, Damn Right! (who will be accompanied by Grimace Federation’s Wes Schwartz on guitar, and we also heard that they’ve been moving away from their former jam-band sound to something in the vein of dreamy Washed Out meets Tycho), and much more. Now, let us pray. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $15, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

Commonwealth Choir Opening for Twin Forks at North Star Bar Sept. 26

Twin Forks, the new project of emo indie heartthrob and lead singer/guitarist of Dashboard Confessional Chris Carraba, hits the North Star Bar for their Philly premiere tonight. But it will also be a big show for former Deli Philly Featured Artist(s) Poll Winners Commonwealth Choir, as it will technically be the release party for their debut EP Shirtless, which they just shared a couple days ago. And if you purchased a ticket in advance off their Bandcamp page, you’ve probably listened to the EPs vibrant tracks a number of times now as it was part of the group’s pre-sale package deal that they were running. However, even if you didn’t, tonight will be the perfect time to experience why the band has been gaining a nice amount of buzz in a short amount of time. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 7 PM, $13.50 - $16, All Ages - Bill McThrill


Debut Commonwealth Choir EP Available for Streaming

Fledgling Doylestown indie-rock five-piece and former Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner Commonwealth Choir continues to impress (and we're not talking physique-wise) with their debut EP Shirtless. You can take a listen to the entire album below. They'll also be performing this Thursday, September 26 at the North Star Bar opening for Twin Fork, the new project from Dashboard Confessional singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Carraba.


An Intimate Night of Leading Men at The Fire Aug. 30

Tonight, The Fire offers you the opportunity to catch a couple of leading men from rising local acts on their own. Commonwealth Choir appears to be a group that has caught people’s attention from the gate. The Doylestown natives deliver clean, catchy indie rock and frontman Jameson Davis Howley will be doing a solo thing this evening. Hopefully he’ll break out a few songs off their much-anticipated debut EP. As we await the release of Toy Soldiers new album The Maybe Boys, Ron Gallo brings his customary impassioned music, a melting pot of roots rock revival that casts shades of folk, blues, country and soul. Isn’t that just called rock ‘n’ roll? Fitting quite naturally on this bill is Michigan transplant Jeremy Quentin, a.k.a. Small Houses, who performs folky Americana that delivers through thoughtful lyrics and wistful melodies. The Fire 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm., $8, 21+ - Michael Colavita