Together for little more than a year, the Steve Oakley Band is already making noise outside of their native New Jersey — a recent Philadelphia gig saw the foursome welcomed as passionate ‘90s-style alt-rockers who wouldn’t have been out of place in the heyday of Vertical Horizon, Matchbox Twenty and Live. The Garden State quartet’s singles vary, from the Tom Petty-ish honky-tonk of “I’m Not There” to the classic rock ballad “Kill the Light.” But it’s “Better Days” that’s the real gem of the group’s current repertoire; this diamond in the rough could be spit shined just enough to kick off an alt-rock revival. Despite the obvious comparisons, the Steve Oakley Band is no nostalgia act; they’re a band warming up in its infancy, already fun to watch, strangely recognizable, and full of promise.
Kevin Boyce - Music critic
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