If you like your rock served up unironic and full of gooey hooks, swing by El Corazon Saturday night to check out The Gallery.
Based out of Los Angeles, these Massachusetts transplants feel like a mix of Tom Petty (who lead singer Brendan Cooney takes his vocal cues from) and the emo pop bands that nearly everyone of a certain age grew up listening to whether they wanted to or not. On paper that might seem like a recipe for disaster but thankfully they lean toward sounding more like an ’80s heartland rock outfit than Fallout Boy.
Their latest album, 2013′s “Restless,” was produced by Warren Huart, who has cut tracks for Aerosmith, The Fray and James Blunt, among a laundry list of other big names. Huart also produced The Gallery’s 2011 EP “Come Alive.”
“He played a big part in stripping any hints of emo,” Cooney said Wednesday while driving to San Francisco to start the first leg of the band’s tour. “He kind of has a no bull—t approach to producing so I think we learned a lot from him that first time around.”
The pedigree shows as the album features several standout tracks. “Restless Soul” — a band favorite —builds impressively and features some insightful lyrics, while “Fast Friends” and “Catalyst” are fun rockers with sticky sweet sing-along choruses.
“It’s kind of based off our biggest influences: Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen,” Cooney said. “We just tried to put a new spin on that stuff, our favorite music to listen to and cover.”
Opening for The Gallery is Seattle alt country rocker Dylan Jakobsen, who befriended the band at SXSW last year.
Jakobsen’s EP “Statelines,” a sampler of songs from his full-length album due out next month, leaves you wanting more. He’s got a great voice and infuses just enough twang into it to elevate him out of the typical singer-songwriter mold. Alt country fans should not sleep on Jakobsen.
Local acts Sean Michael’s Kight, What’s Mine Is Yours and Blue Like Jazz get things started right at 7 p.m.
The Gallery, Dylan Jakobsen, What’s Mine Is Yours, Blue Like Jazz, Sean Michael’s Kight
7 p.m., Saturday at El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle; $10, $12 DOS (206-381-3094 or elcorazonseattle.com)
-Owen R. Smith, on Twitter @inanedetails