Plenty of upside for this crafty, spirited NY-based band, in which vocals play a prominent role. Frontman John-Michael Parker has an engaging voice, and he and his compatriots (including horns) are engineered and recorded oh so well. “Take Me to The River” (an original) has a decent chorus and a powerful a cappella break that drives home its cleansing, baptismal theme. On “Hey Mama,” Parker’s falsetto could be a bit stronger, but everything else (the backup singers and swelling finale) clicks nicely. It’s hard to overlook this band’s organic, humanist spirit, which at times recalls Arcade Fire and Edward Sharpe. “Leaving You” is a good example of why Great Caesar must be a rousing live act. Summer festivals should sign ‘em up.
Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV
Style: Indie Rock