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This is the first article in a series reviewing sets from some of the best bands in Philly at the Level Room NYE2012 show produced my Phonographic Arts. This show played double duty as the last show of 2011 and the first of 2012 and was amazing.

Having just become a full lineup in 2011 Exploding World was initially the solo project of Davd A. Saylor started in 2007. Now including members John Scheck (keys), Jennifer Shaw (keys), and Brandon Moore (guitar), Exploding World has a larger and more dynamic sound. Drawing on influences such as I Brainiac, Sonic Youth, Devo, Subtle, Fugazi, De Facto, Tony Clifton, Drive Like Jehu, Why?, Mitch Hedberg, Creepoid, Pixies, Nirvana, Radiohead, Sam Cooke, Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd, Daniel Johnston, Andy Kaufman, The Stooges, et al, their sound is certainly diverse yet driven by an electric feel afforded by dual keyboardists.

For their New Years Eve opener, Exploding World played through a great group of songs and really set the evening up perfectly. Saylor remained in regular conversation with the audience and explained song influences which we always appreciate. Moore on guitar was solid in his playing and we enjoyed his solos greatly. We saw Scheck on keys switch to drums at one point and also provide vocals – tasks both at which he was most proficient. Shaw was composed as she hit every note on the keys and added to the layers of sound. Oh, and how could we forget to mention Saylor up to his old tricks on drums, keys and vocals simultaneously. Gold.

Going into 2012 we are excited to see what Exploding World will put out and even more excited to catch them again. Here is some video we took from the evening: