Dylan McGuire is a musician and songwriter dedicated to keeping alive the spirit of intelligently-crafted, guitar-driven rock/pop. McGuire, who resides in the Philadelphia area, recently released his latest album Gravity (Or Lack Thereof), which was recorded with producer Brett Talley (of IKE). The album signifies a return to the upbeat, hook-laden sound of his earlier work and also prominently features McGuire’s lead guitar skills.
Dylan’s music often draws comparisons to classic alternative guitar pop (Elvis Costello, The Replacements, REM, etc.) featuring hooky melodies, a slightly left-of-center lyrical approach and a driving, raw rock sound. On the latest album, he has also incorporated more ethereal guitar tones, inspired by the likes of U2 and Radiohead, dense vocal harmonies and nods to diverse influences such as grunge, Revolver-era Beatles and classic rock.
McGuire’s lyrics range from tongue-in-cheek (“Circus Friend,” “Sunny and 71,” “Tracy Likes”), to soul-searching anthems (“Wear It On Your Sleeve,” “Jack of All Trades”) to angst-driven breakup songs (“Chicago,” “Parking Lot”). Dylan first gained notoriety in the mid-Atlantic regional music scene in the early 2000s with his band Broken Jones, whose independent release Better Days was put into rotation on modern rock FM radio in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, and even Seattle. McGuire released his solo album Another Chapter in 2007, which also generated local interest and radio play. He then hit a home run in 2009 when a number of his tracks were featured prominently in TV broadcasts of then-MLB Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
The Dylan McGuire Band is a versatile and experienced cover band that has played numerous venues throughout the Philadelphia and surrounding regions for the past decade. They are available in a 3 to 5 piece format depending on your venue, budget, event needs, etc. Although they specialize in classic to modern rock, we can also play Irish rock, pop, country, R&B, etc.
The core band is Dylan McGuire on guitar/lead vocals, Steve Knickerbocker on bass and Doug Wolfe on drums. They also work with several female lead singers, keyboardists and lead/rhythm guitarists. The full band is available electric, or stripped down acoustic if you prefer a different vibe.
Basic Cable brings you the Golden Age of MTV. With a mix of New Wave, synthpop, rock, hair metal, and dance-pop, Basic Cable takes you back to when MTV brought you the music and the look and will keep you dancing all night long. This four-piece powerhouse with male and female lead vocals recreates the music from all your favorite music videos from the '80s and brings a fun-filled and immersive audience experience. Say it loud: I Want My MTV!.
Basic Cable band members Dylan McGuire, Kristen Conrad, Dave Marabella, and Tim Hoctor bring decades of musical experience to the stage, All have played in prominent original and tribute bands on the biggest stages across Philly and surrounding regions. All band members have affection for the diverse sounds and looks of the ’80s and are committed to re-creating those sounds on stage.