“If you want to roll, then come with me”, Johnny Glover, aka Audley, croons as he closes out his set just a week ago at the Southgate House Revival in Newport, Ky. The hook, one of the many catchy pieces the Cincinnati-based artist delivers, has the ability to get stuck within your mind, causing you to sing the words over and over again the next day.
This was my second time seeing Audley over the past few months and it’s easy to say that this time was just as good as the last. There’s a sense of tension when Audley walks on stage. A feeling of excitement. A feeling of high energy. A feeling of “this is about to be so good”. It’s hard to put an exact word or phrase to that feeling, but just know that there is a reason to be excited when Audley's performing.
Within the first two minutes of Audley’s set, which usually begins with the track “Listen”, that hyped tension from before has now burst into excitement. My head starts to bob up and down, and I begin to bounce along with the rest of the crowd to the beat. If this is a sign of what the rest of the set will be like, then I know I’m in for a good night.
Audley works the stage like a pro performing songs from his previous two releases, The Deep End and DONNA. “Rock Bottom” and “Willow” are instant crowd favorites. The hype of the crowd can be felt throughout the room.
Audley also performed some new material - a sign of evolving. Pieces of the unreleased work showcased his signature style, resembling different parts of The Deep End and DONNA. At the same time though, Audley was charting new territory, and does it extremely well. I sensed a Childish Gambino vibe (think Gambino’s newest release “Awaken, My Love!”), and I was instantly hooked.
If I have one overall thing to say about the show from Audley last night it's this: look out for Audley in 2017. With his catchy hooks, infectious beats and exciting stage presence, Audley puts on a show that’s incredibly hard to forget. If you find that Audley is going to be performing near you, it’s a must. You won’t be sorry that you went. Audley is poised for a big year in 2017, and pretty soon, he could be coming to a city near you.
Favorite Song(s): “Listen”, “Rock Bottom”