Last night at an exclusive record release at the swanky Manhattan club The Plumm, San Francisco modern-rockers Thriving Ivory delivered a skilled set of radio-ready arena-rock that channeled U2-like heights. Highlighted by frontman Clayton Stroope’s big, haunting vocals, the quintet flexed their muscle and showcased songs off their self-titled album due out on Wind-Up Records at the end of the year. Leadinger Stroope possesses the stage with a Jim Morrisson-like authority and sings with an authenticity that recalls Pat Monahan of fellow San Franciscans Train. Though both bands share some similarities, Thriving Ivory seems to push the rock envelope with layered guitarwork and shimmering piano that is certain to land the band some radio airplay and television coverage in the not-so-distant future. Songs like “Light up Mississippi” and “Hey Girl” (produced by Howard Benson) possess a gravitas that sinks into the psyche and leaves a lasting impression. Pianist and primary songwriter Scott Jason has an innate ability to weave a good story without being trite or clichéd. Additionally, being on a bulked-up independent label like Wind-Up will certainly benefit the band and good things are certainly in store. Already a big deal in their native California, I expect Thriving Ivory to be a household name by this time next year.