If you’ve been dying to see a rock band that loves to throw in the occasional sax solo, then you’re in luck. If that’s not enough to entice you, this band’s keyboardist is blind.
The band is X Ambassadors. University Union announced Monday night they will headline the first Bandersnatch concert of the fall semester on October 7th in Schine Underground with supporting act Tribe Society.
You may know X Ambassadors from their hit “Renegades,” which was the soundtrack to a Jeep ad and to a lot of our summers. Or you might remember “Jungle,” their track with Jamie N Commons that DJ Maestro frequently plays in the Carrier Dome.
The boys from down the road in Ithaca are much more than just those two hits. They put out their debut full length VHS this past June, one that had been a long time coming.
Lead vocalist Sam Harris and his older brother Casey (keyboardist) have been musicians since they were little. Receiving instrument lessons as kids, and being exposed to the likes of Billy Joel and the Beatles, the two were musically inclined since a young age. Sam and his best friend Noah Feldshuh, X Ambassadors’ guitarist, eventually formed a band. Casey and his piano skills joined later, despite a lot of hesitance from his younger brother.
After bringing on drummer Adam Levin at The New School, a university in New York City, it took some time for the band to find their identity. A rock band with hip-hop influences, they struggled to find a place in the ultra-competitive NYC music scene. 2012 Radio success with the sweet sounding track “Litost” was the breakthrough they badly needed. Next was my personal favorite, “Unconsolable.”
In 2013, with the help of Alex Da Kid and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors then put out Love Songs Drug Songs, a six song EP for KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records. Another EP, The Reason, followed in 2014, and now VHS. With features from Imagine Dragons and Jamie N Commons, the record is a testament of how far the band has come. After being featured as an opening act with big time alt names like Milky Chance, they’ll head out on a headlining tour this fall.
From small town beginnings in Upstate New York to having one of the hottest songs in America isn’t too bad. And being able to catch that band for $5 isn’t too bad either. So go grab a ticket at Schine Box Office while you still can.