The Push, the satirical Scranton rock duo made up of Jimmy Reynolds and Tim McDermott, hadn’t made a live appearance in over a year despite being as funny as they are musically talented, so what better time to gift Northeastern Pennsylvania with their presence than Christmas time?
In conjunction with the venue’s two-year anniversary, the show on Saturday, Dec. 13 at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant began with sets from jam band Polly Anna, pop cover act Jimmy and Vitz of Ablaze, and a surprise set from Bryan Brophy of pop punk/post-hardcore band An Autumn Sunrise, with Reynolds opening for himself in the latter two groups.
Quickly turning the small show into an arena rock concert, McDermott and Reynolds were joined onstage by Brophy on drums and Angelo Maruzzelli of Londonforce on guitar – all wearing matching Grinch onesies. They ripped through their catalog of ’70s and ’80s-inspired songs from their debut album, “Greatest Hits Volume One,” adding excessively awesome solos to each one, along with their definitive take on “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Displaying non-stop energy throughout the over-the-top performance and distributing various odd presents from a giant red stocking, The Push were truly the gift that kept on giving that evening, as they were sure to note to all in attendance.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, adequate photographer, podcast co-host, and practicing poet. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.