It’s been a little over year since we’ve heard new music from Philly’s Bridge Underwater who became a three-piece last year with the addition of their old friend Max on bass. Today, they’re back to business and shivering with emotion on new song “Say It’s All Right”. With a classic melody, the track frames Pat’s shaky vocals which convey his longing and desperation for his love interest. The band is currently working on a new record and planning a few live shows. Stay tuned and dig into the instant delight below.
Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, our trusted reporter Kate Bracaglia talks Philly tunes.
Living in Philadelphia, I’m always blown away by how many amazing artists there are right in our back yard, crafting tunes capable of filling many, many carefully curated playlists. 2013 was no exception. There were so many great songs released this year that picking just five was really tough. And so—in support of all the unsigned and DIY bands out there—I limited myself to tunes that were self-released or on small indie labels (sorry Kurt Vile/Man Man/Purling Hiss). These are bands you might not have heard of yet, but who are very capable of becoming new faves. Happy 2013!
5. Laser Background, “Disappearing Ink”
The first tune off Laser Background’s first full-length, Super Future Montage, teems with lush vocal layers, wiggly guitar lines, and Andy Molholt’s nasally vocals. Molholt tells John Vettese the record was inspired by childhood, Roald Dahl books, and imagination, a combo that apparently yields breezy, summertime pop.
Record Store Day is Saturday, April 20th. Started in 2007, RSD brings together independent brick and mortar record stores and musicians to celebrate music and to offer some amazing special releases. Locally, many stores are participating, including A.K.A. Music, who are teaming up with Philebrity, for an event from 1PM-5PM featuring performances from Restorations, Heyward Howkins, Mikele Edwards, and Bridge Underwater. Below, sample some of the goods, including a free download of a “Kind Of Comfort” by Restorations, which we offered as part of our recent Unlocked series on the band. Go here for a list of participating stores in your area.
Philadelphia indie rock duo Bridge Underwater was featured on this month’s edition of Bands in the Backyard, which premiered last week. They preformed the title track off their latest EP Dead Man; check out the video below.
Also known as the singing half of garage-psych duo Bridge Underwater, Philly’s Patrick Mellon explores his indie-folk interests on a new free-downloadable EP released earlier this month. Different Mind is jangley and snappy like BU’s work, but without the distortion-pedal grit (and occasional and spacey synthesizers). It’s more pared down to strummy acoustic guitar, shuffling egg shaker percussion and snappy choruses. Grab a pay-what-you-wish download of the EP below.
Philadelphia indie pop power duo Bridge Underwater released a snappy new single today, “So What,” which you can grab a free download of below. The band, Patrick Mellon and John Basile, have a knack for crafting bite-size, rough ’round the edges music that hooks you in and leaves you wanting more. “So What” is no exception, leaving traces of surf drumming, 50s pop melodies and rockabilly energy lingering in my headphones after a two minute / five second burst of energy. Over the past year, Bridge Underwater has released about a half dozen songs in similar fashion: catchy tunes presented as standalone singles, which begs the question when their eventual next full-length might be enroute. While we wait, this song is a good one to rock out to, and their back catalogue and live appearances (next one at Gunner’s Run in Northern Liberties on Aug. 12) are twice as nice.
Tonight, minimal Philly psycheduo Bridge Underwater plays at the latest Bands in the Backyard showcase – the No Alternative video party at Silk City. Joining them on the bill of this free show are sludge rockers Spirit Animal and harmonizing folkies Market East. To give you a taste of what’s in store, dig in to today’s Philly Local Phile – the latest Bridge Underwater single, “Take A Piece of Me.” The the 808-esque drumloop and odd samples peppered throughout give this a nice Flaming Lips vibe, but note bandleader Pat Mellon’s melodious voice and jangly playing underneath. It gives the song such appeal that – as with most Bridge Underwater singles – I’d be just as eager to hear it stand-alone, without the stylizations, as I am to listen to it all warped and weird. We’ll see which way they swing tonight. Bridge Underwater plays the BITBY No Alternative Party at Silk City tonight a 8 p.m. with Spirit Animal and Market East; admission to the 21+ show is free.
Bridge Underwater released a new single a couple of weeks ago called “BeLoved.” In the studio, Bridge Underwater is the work of Patrick Mellon—who peformed, recorded, and mixed the track by himself. The song has a snappy, ’60s-style Kinks power-pop vibe to it, with vocals that recall the late Marc Bolan of T. Rex. Mellon’s musical releases stretch back to June 2006, and he’s progressed nicely from lo-fi pop tunes to more shiny, highly produced indie-pop songs.
Talk about strength in (relatively few) numbers. Philly’s maximally minimal Bridge Underwater makes a joyful Apples In Stereo-esque noise, big stuff for a band that’s a duo most of the time. We can hear bass on the recordings, and sometimes there’s a bassist onstage—but generally, Bridge Underwater is Pat Mellon on guitar and John Baslie on drums, operating with tremendous economy of arrangement and sound. Check out their poppy indie anthem “Send Me All Your Love” below; you can hear the entire EP, as well as some older recordings, over at their Bandcamp page. And make a date to check them out at The Fire on Jan. 26.