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Review: Batty’s Demo EP (playing Johnny Brenda’s tonight and New Year’s Eve)

Artwork via www.batty.bandcamp.com
Artwork via www.batty.bandcamp.com

Philadelphia-bred punk trio Batty released their Demo EP back in August and it’s dripping with potential. The six-track set opens with guitar and drum instrumentation on “Summoning Call” that builds slowly for about a minute and a half before the singing begins. It sounds more like the outline of a song that could be even better with further developed lyrics. They pack a punch with the sassy “No One Cares About You” before delivering the standout track “Someday” which features harmonized vocals that take on a catchy melody which may even compliment a more indie-pop arrangement than a rock one. “Spent Time” is short and sweet (barely 2 minutes) but has a spark that could be a flame when performed live. Batty seems to be channeling their inner Smashing Pumpkins on the five and a half minute grungy instrumental track “Livin a Lie” before ending with the breezy punk tune, “Easy”. Overall, the band have a raw punk sound that could be even more effective with some risk-taking and added lyrics. Batty opens for Bleeding Rainbow tonight at Johnny Brenda’s (tickets here) and will end kiss 2013 goodbye at Johnny Brenda’s on New Year’s Eve (tickets here).

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Just Announced: An amped-up New Year’s Eve at Johnny Brenda’s with Screaming Females, Swearin’ and Batty

Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

If you’ve ever seen a set from North Jersey-based power-trio Screaming Females, you know there aren’t many better live bands out there right now. A lot of that has to do with frontwoman Marissa Paternoster, whose vocal pipes and guitar shreddery are unparalleled. But it’s also the trio as a whole that makes them so impressive – bassist Jarrett Dougherty, drummer King Mike – their locked-in interplay and high energy and slammin’ songs that just blast out the speakers. If you haven’t gathered, I’m a little bit excited about the Screamales, and today I’m even further excited to hear that they’ll be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on New Year’s Eve. Talk about getting 2014 off to an explosive start, amiright?

Also on the bill are Swearin’ – who, per this emusic.com interview, are sadly not based in West Philly anymore, but that’s okay, we dug ‘em before they moved to town and we dig ‘em still. Rounding it out is local three-piece Batty. This show will be insane and getting advance tickets is highly recommended; they go on sale at high noon this Wednesday the 13th of November via Ticketfly. Below, check out some highlights from each of the artists on the bill.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The A’s to Underground Arts, Nightlands at Kung Fu Necktie (downstairs), Catnaps at Kung Fu Necktie (upstairs), Ladyfest Philly Benefit at Kung Fu Necktie (downstairs), XPN Welcomes Garland Jeffery’s to The Sellersville Theater

XPN welcomes new wave outfit The A’s to Underground Arts tonight.  Led by charismatic front-man Richard Bush (currently of The Peace Creeps), the Philadelphia band became a fixture in the east coast club scene with their energetic power pop.  1981′s “A Woman’s Got the Power” gave the band its first hit outside of Philly and though the The A’s never broke through to a national audience, their dedicated hometown following remains intact three decades after they parted ways.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Watch a video of the band performing “A Woman’s Got the Power” live below.

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