Akron/Family will release their seventh studio album Sub Verses on April 30th, following an appearance at Johnny Brenda’s on April 25th. From lead-off track “No Room” (which was shared in January) it seemed as though the new record will be the experimental trio’s heaviest effort yet – “No Room” is a crunchy, militaristic sounding fugue that doesn’t let up once in its almost seven minutes. Some lightness was brought to the album with “Until the Morning,” however, the second preview of Sub Verses that the band unveiled in February. “Until the Morning” is a sonic spring awakening, with bright guitars and clear vocals. Italian film crew On the Road Again Pictures captured an early performance of “Until the Morning” in March 2012 during an Akron/Family set in Rome. Watch the video below and stream the official audio for the song here. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band and M Geddes Gengras can be found here.
Chris Forsyth, a local guitar player who has wowed us over the years with his boundary-breaking work in Peeesseye and as a solo musician / collaborator, has signed to North Carolina / Philadelhpia label Paradise of Bachelors for the fall 2013 release of Solar Motel. From POB:
Chris is highly regarded as a composer, improviser, and collaborator who has worked with a remarkable array of musicians in New York, Philadelphia, and beyond. In Fall 2013, you can expect his mindblowing full-band album Solar Motel (the follow-up to last year’s excellent Kenzo Deluxe), named for a derelict roadside hotel in his native New Jersey…. [Solar Motel] is a conversation changer, the strongest work he’s done to date–which is no faint praise.
Solar Motel was posted briefly on Forsyth’s Soundcloud account but has since been removed. To experience the new pieces from the experimental composer in full effect don’t miss his opening set for Akron / Family on April 25th at Johnny Brenda’s. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch a video of Chris Forsyth performing with fellow Paradise of Bachelors signee and Philadelphia native Steve Gunn at last August’s Kensington Picnic.
Philadelphia guitarist Chris Forsyth has shared a two-track LP on his Soundcloud, displaying once more how varied, but consistently on-point, his playing can be. Solar Motel Parts I-IV bob and weave, explode and retract and fly into the far corners of the cerebral stratosphere before circling back in for a pleasingly distorted, white noise coda. It’s not clear whether this recording will be made available in physical form yet, but you can stream it in full below. Chris Forsyth will be performing at Studio 34 on March 16th for the Archer Spade Performance Series; more information can be found here.
For The Key’s final Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA tonight, Hop Along frontwoman Frances Quinlan will perform a rare solo set of brand-new songs. Her local pop / punk band released the impressive and intricate Get Disowned in 2012, pairing pop hooks with punk arrangements and Quinlan’s honest vocals. Following the set, Quinlan will screen a 1950s Fellini film that gave an early Hop Along song its name. Admission is a suggested $5 donation for this all-ages show. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here. Below, stream “Tibetan Pop Stars” from Get Disowned.
Wednesday, October 24th’s event at Little Berlin will sort of be like a reprise of August’s Kensington Picnic. The show will feature local experimental guitarist Chris Forsyth, acoustic psych-folk player Daniel Bachman and Philly power jam band Birds of Maya (the other project of Purling Hiss’s Mike Polizze). Bachman is currently touring in support of his latest record Seven Pines, which was released on October 9th through Tompkins Square – check back Monday an interview with him. Forsyth also has a new record out, July’s Kenzo Deluxe released through Northern Spy. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., music begins at 7:30, admission is $5 to $7, and more information can be found here. Below, watch Daniel Bachman work his magic with “Copperhead” and go here to get a free download of a live session he recorded with Be Nice to Your Kids. You can also stream and download Chris Forsyth’s song “Soft History” and Birds of Maya’s “Ready to Howl” (reissued in September through Testostertunes/Richie Records) below. Continue reading