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.
Echo Orbiter is the long standing psychedelic rock project of Philadelphia brothers Justin and Colin Emerle, along with longtime collaborator Jeremiah Steffen. Over the past decade and a half, the band has amassed a prolific catalog of recordings, ranging from hissy home-taped lo-fi madness to a more polished and poppy product.
Next month, they’ll add to the collection with the release of the new Aerosol Power EP, a collection of music recorded in collaboration with new guitarist Robert Hart. The set is made up of twelve new songs – which might seem long for an EP, until you realize each track clocks in between a minute and a half and two minutes. Think of them as a Minor Threat for the Philly psych scene. Below, you can listen to one of those songs, “Stars From A to Z”; it bounced and cavorts like it came from the same fuzzy buzzy fun park as The Apples in stereo.
Hear the entire EP over at Echo Orbiter’s Bandcamp, catch the release show at Kungfu Necktie on July 14, and keep your eyes peeled for even more new music from the Emerle brothers (and co.) in the fall.
Later this month, Echo Orbiter—the experimental psych-pop project of brothers Justin and Colin Emerle—will release its latest album, Euphonicmontage, on Looking Glass Workshop. It’s something like their 11th or 12th studio album, but that ranking is certainly up for debate if you count outtake compilations, longer EPs, and the like. Whatever the case, these guys are prolific, with a solid resume – they’ve worked with locals like Brian McTear and Lilys as well as national acts like the Elephant 6 collective. The record is out September 28, but the release party comes early: this Saturday, September 18, at Johnny Brenda’s. They’re playing with like-minded Philly band Circadian Rhythms, as well as Joe Jack Talcum from The Dead Milkmen. (His spot on the bill will make a lot more sense once you hear Justin’s irreverent singing voice.)