For Reed Kendall, transitioning from solo songwriting to a solid band lineup has been “the ultimate blessing.” With drummer Kirby Sybert and bassist Noah Skaroff replacing the former rotating cast of musicians, he says his Philadelphia-based rock band Up the Chain is using consistency and trust as a platform for progress. The group’s first record together, Windows Into Worlds, honors this new chapter. “A lot of the lyrical imagery in the songs relates to the opening up of new possibilities,” Kendall says, “What you hear now is three people who clearly play a lot of music together. … The new trio forces me to be challenged, and I’m thrilled about it.” Up the Chain takes the stage at Jack of the Wood on Saturday, April 25, at 8 p.m. $7. jackofthewood.com. Photo courtesy of the band
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