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Full Bush launches Hangover Helper tour, reissues debut album on cassette

Full Bush | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Rock and roll four piece Full Bush has become something of an unstoppable force around Philly since forming at the First Time’s The Charm festival in 2016, and this spring they’re taking their show out of town. At the end of this month, Full Bush launches the Hangover Helper tour, which brings them to the Carolinas, up through Virginia and D.C., and back home with regional gigs in Wilmington, Lancaster, and at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Full Bush

There are various reasons we’ve been losing our minds over Philly rock four-piece Full Bush these past couple years, but honestly, the biggest one might be how real they are.

Sure, they’ve got awesome moments of cheeky and clever commentary. They deservedly take down busted dudes in “Ill Tempered,” with indomitable vocalist Kate Breish hysterically running down a litany of shortcomings (“your mom still pays for your phone, you’re a virgin, and you can’t drive”) over wiry punk arrangements from guitarist Jayne Rutter, bassist Cassie O’Leary, and drummer Adesola Ogunleye. Meanwhile, the amazing garage rocker “Ray’s” looks to the famed South Philly dive for cathartic release from work-life ennui and toxic people in a gang-vocal shoutalong: “I! JUST! WANNA! GET! FUCKED UP!”

It’s catchy, it’s fun, it’s funny. But Full Bush are so much more than a funny band. Continue reading →

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Full Bush’s new video “Ray’s” is the late-night punk party you need this week

Full Bush | still from video

For anyone who has ever had a bad day at work and a worse night at their local bar, Full Bush has a song for you. The local four-piece post-punk band just released their music video for “Ray’s”, a song off Full Bush’s self-titled 2018 album about South Philly’s own Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar. For the uninitiated, Ray’s is a 75 year old dive bar known for its $4 beer and a shot “specials,” Friday Night karaoke, and daily celebrations of patron’s birthdays with free cake flavored vodka and a literal birthday bell. The unique establishment is beloved by locals, like Full Bush, and even attracted the attention of Bon Appétit magazine.  The video for “Ray’s” was directed by Bob Sweeney and speaks to all of us over-worked people who just want a break and drink. Continue reading →

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Full Bush, Vilebred, Babe Grenade and more will play the 6th annual BrainFest at Connie’s

Full Bush (left), Vilebred (center) and Babe Grenade (right) will play BrainFest 2019

The annual BrainFest benefit event will return this year on May 11 for a full day of food, games, music and awareness. Hosted at Connie’s Ric Rac, the event will feature a stellar lineup of local acts, and has set the ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for the American Brain Tumor Association, the first and only national organization committed to providing education and funding research on brain tumors. Continue reading →

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Full Bush, Overwinter and more will play Great How’ve You Been Fest this weekend

Full Bush | via Facebook

One of Philly’s biggest DIY music festivals returns for a second year this weekend. Presented by goodhowareyou records and Paper Scissors Media, Great How’ve You Been Fest 18 will be hosted at two South Philly DIY spaces on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, Dec. 2nd; the lineup features many of the label’s artists plus several other local acts. According to goodhowareyou, the mission is “to provide two full days of non-stop entertainment that is affordable, safe and welcoming to all, and supports artists directly.” Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Full Bush, Josh Ritter, Christine and the Queens, Kaia Kater and more

Christine and the Queens
Christine and the Queens | photo by Jamie Morgan | courtesy of the artist

While there’s not much doing on Halloween itself, that’s fine — it’ll just give you more time and space to roam your neighborhood as a free agent looking for parties, collecting candy, or collecting candy with your kids if you’re at that point in your life. The rest of the week, though: JAM. PACKED. Here are 18 concerts to see in the next seven days in and around Philadelphia, from tonight’s punk rock mischief night gigs at Johnny Brenda’s and Ortlieb’s, to indie rock, soul and trance all round the region on Sunday. Continue reading →

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Hear Full Bush, Resilient, Lizdelise and more in NonMutant Presents’ Unite! benefit compilation

Full Bush | photo by Lindsay Steigerwald | via facebook.com/FullBushBand

Brooklyn-based label NonMutant has just released Unite!, its second volume in a series of charitable Bandcamp compilations. The 26-track volume features songs from emerging Philly and NYC artists, including familiar faces Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Lizdelise, Full BushResilient, and many more. All proceeds from its sale will go to United We Dream, an immigration advocacy organization that focuses on securing protections and educational access for immigrants, preventing deportations, and supporting LGBTQ immigrants. Continue reading →

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Full Bush’s self-titled LP takes aim at the patriarchy with shocking directness

Full Bush | via facebook.com/FullBushBand

On their self titled debut LP, Full Bush reveal themselves as the rare kind of band that defies any expectation. Their songs unfold like stories from the wittiest person you know, so spontaneous they feel improvised but so seamlessly constructed you’d think they were rehearsed for years. And like a great story, once you hear the beginning, you can’t stop listening until you hear the payoff. Continue reading →

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Strange Parts, Tact and Full Bush to play benefit show for Planned Parenthood

Strange Parts | photo by Adam Haney | via facebook.com/pg/strangeparts

Amid all of the usual Fourth of July festivities happening next weekend, Johnny Brenda’s will play host to a smaller event, bringing together local music for a good cause. On Saturday, July 7, a lineup of three local bands will join forces for Rock & Roll & Birth Control, a benefit show in support of Planned Parenthood. Strange Parts, the duo of Attia Taylor and Corey Duncan who just released their debut album Oh God, What A Beautiful Time I Spent In The Wild, will headline the show. Also on the bill are local duo Tact and punk four-piece Full Bush. Listen to music from each artist below. Continue reading →

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Full Bush paces itself on the tense, explosive “Someone”

Full Bush | via fullbush.bandcamp.com

Philly garage rock four-piece Full Bush brings the sweet sounds of punk grit on their new single, “Someone.” Usually the four-piece hits us with wild headbanging tunes, like in their 2016 song “Ray’s,” but this time, they’ve slowed things down and pace themselves.

Frontwoman Kate Breish deadpan vocals sneak along with throbbing drums, tense bass, and righteous guitar riffs as the song explodes, makes this five-minute track a thrash kid’s perfect fantasy.  Continue reading →