Now that Philly rock heroes The War on Drugs are wrapped up with the victory lap tour in support of their majestic 2011 full-length Slave Ambient, bassist Dave Hartley is free to return to his Nightlands side project. A new track called “So Far So Long” premiered on Pitchfork today, and it’s much more poppy and accessible than Nightlands’ very experimental 2010 debut Forget the Mantra, betraying his love for snappy 70s pop rock. Listen to the song in the player below, and look for Nightlands’ second LP Oak Island to get a release in January from Secretly Canadian. In the meantime, we hear Nightlands is returning to the stage in December for Bands In the Backyard‘s Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA. UPDATE: Nightlands will actually be at PhilaMOCA a lot sooner, playing on Thursday October 25.
Even though the summer will soon come to an end, don’t feel down – R5 Productions just announced five brand new shows for this upcoming fall season. And let me tell you, folks, they’re going to be chock full of cozy musical performances.
First up will be OFF! on October 19th at First Unitarian Church. The super troupe of punk rockers is made up of members of Black Flag, Burning Brides and Hot Snakes. Opening bands include The Spits and Double Negative. Gear up your vocal chords and get stoked for one raging performance.
Local post-punk band The Silence Kit play shoe-gaze influenced, moody, lo-fi alt-rock. The band started in 2002 as a solo recording project for singer/guitarist Patrick McCay, but has since evolved into a full band playing live shows. The band recently let Bands in the Backyard join them in their New Jersey studio to film a studio session of “Eight Years.” Check out the video in the player below.
Before there was Bands in the Backyard, there was Trouble Everyday, the angular indie band from mid-aughts Philadelphia, fronted by present day BITBY honchos Kyle Costill and Dave Kain. When those guys decided last summer to team up again and launch a new video blog that quickly became ubiquitous, it didn’t seem too far of a reach to reunite musically as well. Original Trouble Everyday guitarist Chris Doyle (currently of Sun Airway) hopped onboard, with BITBY collaborator Josh Pannepacker (who also performs as Shorty Boy-Boy) sitting in behind the drumkit to administer those body-moving disco-punk beats. Their rhythmic end had Trouble Everyday lumped into that trendy post-punk dance revivalist craze back in the day, but their tastes always reached broader, something that might become more evident when the band plays its reunion show this weekend. If anything, as we heard in Trouble Everyday’s Key Studio Session – recorded with guest engineer Jeff White – the guys are still tight and feisty, and Costill hasn’t lost one ounce of potency from his signature howl. Download their session below (including one untitled draft of a new song that was kind of pieced together on the spot), and catch Trouble Everyday’s reunion show this Saturday at Kungfu Necktie. Trouble Everyday and Break It Up play Echo Orbiter’s CD Release Show at Kungfu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street, Sat. July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the 21+ show is $10.
Philadelphia psychedelic shoegazers Nothing have a calm, sultry sound that is comforting and hopeful in times of stress and loneliness. Steadily flourishing over the past year, they are set to release their third EP, Downward Years to Come, sometime this summer. They released the title track in April, and you can download it below for free. Bands in the Backyard is currently working on the music video for this song; check out their teaser below as well. Nothing opens for Crocodiles this Friday at Johnny Brenda’s. The 9:30 PM show is 21+ , purchase your tickets here.