Local indie-pop favorites Cruisr will headline an ACLU Benefit show tonight at Ortlieb’s. Though the trio’s been taking some time away to work on their new album, their single “Take That” is playfully peppy enough to keep fans jamming until the release. Rounding out the lineup for the night will be local synth-pop extraordinaires, Suburban Living, and beachy-punk outfit, Cold Fronts. Get more info on the 21+ show here, and listen to Cruisr’s infectious track “Take That” below. Continue reading →
Philly indie pop favs CRUISR come home tonight when they play The Barbary. They most recently released “Take That,” a glimmery but defiant summer tune, and rerecorded B-side “The Fritz.” Anyone who has kept tabs on the local music scene in recent years probably knows how fun these guys are — it’s what’s gotten them opening gigs with Imagine Dragons, Misterwives, and PVRIS. But tonight they’re the headliners (with support from Swimming With Bears), so grab your tickets to the show here. Continue reading →
I’ve been a fan of Philly indie-pop juggernauts CRUISR since they still had the E in their name. I remember hearing their song “The Fritz” from their self-titled EP four years ago, and its been stuck in my head since. Today, they shared another catchy new single, “Take That,” along with a re-recording of “The Fritz” as a B-Side.
“Take That” continues with the band’s brand of poppy windows-down surf rock, similar to their hit “All Over,” but with more of a dance-based beat. Vocalist Andy States sings “We can make the rules, we can break them too” in a youthful voice that makes you want to throw all your cares to the wind. Continue reading →
South African multi-instrumentalist Andrew Lipke will be performing with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia tonight at World Café Live. This exciting collaboration is part of the Intersect event which aims to celebrate the combination of genres by bringing together the chamber orchestra with some of the most gifted musical talents in the Philadelphia area. Tonight they will be with Andrew Lipke, who has made a name for himself as a critically-acclaimed arranger, producer, composer and performer. Continue reading →
“Hey, you look like cool guys,” says the young lady walking past the TLA. “Know where we can get some awesome pulled pork sandwiches?”
Andy States shoots a glance over at Kyle Cook, who grins and shrugs his shoulders. Both are teetering on the verge of hysterical laughter. It’s not like the two guys play in Philly modern rock juggernaut Cruisr or anything; it’s not like they’re unpacking gear from their van to headline their biggest hometown show to date on this breezy September afternoon. Staying true to their nicest-dudes-ever rep, the guys suggest Percy Street BBQ a few blocks away; the culinary tourists are on their way, and Cruisr gets back to work.
For States and his mates, the road to this point has been both steady and sudden. Continue reading →
As “Kidnap Me” draws the show to a close, Catrambone does a dramatic spin on one leg. “I’ve never done that before,” he says. “I can’t believe I pulled it off.” Apt for both the spin and the gig this size.
Posing with the crowdfor a post-set photo care of CJ Harvey.
Over at the merch stand, Almquist shifts into salesman mode…
…while Catrambone signs autographs out in the crowd.
There’s lots of gear to be loaded out…
…but one more group shot of the Philly bros was in order.
Bahner loads out Cheerleader’s drumkit…
…Cook is tasked with folding the backdrop up…
…and others chill with Narraganset pounders.
The back wall of the TLA is decked out in an Isaiah Zagar mosaic, but unless you’re a performer or a staff member, you probably didn’t realize it. Here, the production crew grabs a smoke after the set.
It’s 12:30, the crowd is gone, South Street is winding down. And Cruisr is back where its started, white van parallel parked in front of the TLA and gear in hand. It’s been a long day but, as we keep seeing on the band’s faces, a good one. Here’s to more like it.
Below, check out a full gallery from the Cruisr / Cheerleader / Vérité / Cold Fronts show, which took place at The TLA on September 12, 2015. A bit further down, see some videos from the set. Or click here to go back to the start.
While Cold Fronts got a super quick check, Vérité’s schedule didn’t allow them to arrive until just before doors, so the band decided to skip soundcheck and just chat with the production crew about their setup.
Once that was over, Vérité had some bonding time with Cold Fronts in the TLA wings as the South Street doors opened.
Cheerleader drummer Carl Bahner works the merch table and unpacks t-shirts for the early arrivals.
The first batch of fans pack it in along the barrier.
Cold Fonts leader Craig Almquist tucks his setlist under his pedalboard…
…and they’re off! Alex Luquet on bass stands at stage left as the concert begins, and throughout the set he looks like he’s having the best time ever.
Over the course of Cold Fronts’ half-hour slot, the room filled out, and Almquist worked it with panache. I showed him this shot between sets and joked that he looked like he was stumping for his Senatorial run. Post-Cold Fronts career move, perhaps.
The set finishes, and Cold Fronts drummer Joe Killian is in his “I’m pumped” stance backstage.
Downing a couple bottles of water after the set, Almquist chats up guitarist Dom Angelella, who joined Cold Fronts for its fall run of shows. That’s in addition to Lithuania (his band with Eric Slick), and DRGN King (his own project) and others. Dude is versatile.
Vérité hits the stage next…
…and the crowd vibes to its lush and danceable jams.
Meanwhile, Cheerleader cozies up in their green room to write tonight’s setlist.
Back to that impeccable lineup curation: on the turntable and mixer is Wes Bunch of Suburban Living, who’s been building a serious name for himself as a DJ mixing up a pantheon of pop jams: New Order, Janet Jackson and more.
Once Bunch is off, Cheerleader hits the stage and the show rolls on.
Call time is 3 p.m., and the guys are punctual like it’s their job. (Because, you know, it is.) As the van is unpacked, Cook tells me about their schedule for the rest of the weekend – the next morning, they had to be at Drexel by 10 a.m. for a students-only gig, followed by a long drive to their next tour date in the midwest.
Barstools in the empty TLA are stacked along railings, with posters for rock shows both recent and vintage in the background. On floodlights along the side wall, a Chill Moody sticker is spotted.
Gear is set up on stage…
…while the stage plot – the essential document that makes life a bazillion times easier on the touring band – sits at the sound board.
As Catrambone polishes up his guitar for the show, States observes that he’s using Gibson polish on a Fender guitar. “If you do that enough, is it going to start disintegrating and slowly morphing into a Gibson?” he asks. Catrambone smiles, and counters “The pickups turn into humbuckers.”
This bill was impeccably curated; along with Cruisr at the helm, local sunshine pop boys Cheerleader are direct support. “I can’t believe it’s taken us long to play with Cheerleader,” Van Dine says as the band arrives and greets the soundchecking States.
Joshua Pannepacker, Joe Haller and Paul Impellizeri of Cheerleader have pulled into the parking spot out front of the TLA and begun their load-in.
It’s not surprising to see Pannepacker chatting up the sound techs; he was a solo artist and producer for a half-dozen years before joining Cheerleader.
After an impromptu cover of Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” (seriously) Cruisr’s soundcheck winds down…
…backdrops are hung from the stage trussing…
…and Cheerleader begins its soundcheck.
A charming practice I’ve noticed at Philly’s LiveNation venues over the past year; naming a drink special after one of the headlining artist’s songs. The War on Drugs’ Tower Theater gig, for instance, offered the Your Love Is Calling My Name IPA (really just a Troeg’s Perpetual IPA, but the thought was appreciated nonetheless). For Cruisr, the bar staff came up with a Wild Turkey Honey and Ginger Beer mix drink. Its name? The Throw Shade. When I told States, his eyes lit up big time.
A select crew of Cruisr VIP fans got access to the venue an hour before doors. After a meet-and-greet, they posed for a group shot with the band.