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Harris’ Song of the Week: Felicia by The Constellations

About six months ago, I ventured out on a brutally cold night to see a band that I had been following for the previous few months. Hockey was the band and the Bowery Ballroom was the location. Arriving early as always, I wasn’t particularly amped for any of the opening bands. Generally, opening bands at these types of shows are crazy hipsters who don’t impress anyone sober enough to stand (I’m talking to you awkward, drunk old guy who’s dancing in the pit).

As The Constellations hit the stage I was taken back by their sheer size. The eight piece band makes them a powerful presence on stage. Although I wasn’t overly impressed with any of their songs, they had a great old school funk sound. All that was missing was that song to put them over the top. Their last song did just that. “Felecia” is a straight forward rock song that highlights the many sounds, and musicians in the band. It’s tough to explain why this song works so well. No single entity performs at the upper echelon of their respective instrument. At the same time, it gels perfectly.

This show being nearly six months ago, I recently heard “Felecia” begin making its way around alternative radio stations and got excited once again for the group. While other songs have been featured in shows like “Chuck” and “Royal Pains,” this song is this bands sweet spot.

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