For a band this loud and bracing, Ghost Gum sure do have a knack for sounding serene. The Philadelphia quartet describes itself as “noisy dream pop” on their Facebook, and on their full length debut, The Past, The Future, Dwelling there like space, they live up to that title in spades. Over the course of an exhilarating, eight song set, Ghost Gum delivers hook after glittering, shoegaze-y hook. By the time it’s over, you feel like you just slam danced your way through the Crab Nebula without ever getting up from your seat. Continue reading →
Punk rocker, feminist and educator Alice Bag will be headlining tonight’s Treat Y’rself Fest at PhilaMOCA, a benefit for March to End Rape Culture. The all day festival includes an absolutely stacked lineup of 12 local and surrounding area musicians as well as a documentary screening for an event all about safe, inclusive, accessible spaces and self-care. More information on this event can be found on its Facebook event page here. Check out Bag’s track “Modern Day Virgin Sacrifice” off Don Giovanni Records below. Continue reading →
Philly indie rockers Ghost Gum released a great EP of demos a few years back and then were dormant for a long, long while. That changed last month with the release of “Edible Complex,” a new rager that has since been removed from Bandcamp. Sad face. But today the band posted “More,” another track from their 2015 recording sessions at Headroom Studios and Big Mama’s studio with Kyle Pulley of Thin Lips, as well as Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo of The Superweaks. (All three used to be in Dangerous Ponies, too. History, people.)
The song comes from the band’s forthcoming release The Past, The Future, Dwelling there like space, and though details are scant on when we can expect that, the deadpan vocal harmonies and Black Tambourine x Magnetic Fields vibes, plus the delivery of two awesome new jams in a short window, has us closely paying attention. Listen below. Continue reading →
Glocca Morra has remained pretty dormant the past two years, beside two short tours with Owls and Joyce Manor. Back in November, they publicly announced that they were disbanding, a hard-hitting moment for much of the Philly music scene. But it was something to be expected as well, with Glocca Morra members starting or joining new bands like Spirit of the Beehive, Dogs on Acid and Ghost Gum.
Four Philly-bred four-pieces (Clique, Loose Tooth, Ghost Gum and Mumblr) have come together for Fleeting Youth Records’ split, with a cassette release show scheduled for Friday, Feb. 20 at the First Unitarian Church. Get acquainted with the groups below: Continue reading →
Folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad will be playing at Union Transfer tonight. The Arizona based band released its fifth studio album Christmas Island last month. In an interview with Brooklyn Vegan, the band stated that they wanted to make a “brutal acoustic record, similar to the Violent Femmes’ first album.” Recently, the band did a session with their label SideOneDummy, which includes the premiere of their latest, “Do, Re and Me.” Listen to it below. Get more information here at the XPN Concert Calender.
Twee pop band Catnaps took a permanent rest last spring, but that doesn’t mean the members have stopped playing music altogether. Front ladies of the band Adrienne Gold and Carolyn Haynes are both taking on new, individual projects. Gold’s Tender Vision and Haynes’ Ghost Gum will play together tonight at Kung Fu Necktie along with Forbidden Rooms, made up of members from Ladies Auxiliary, and Humble Fires from D.C.
Tender Vision and Ghost Gum are new bands to the punk scene, but not collectively. Aside from Gold, Tender Vision is made up of members from punk band Address. But tonight, they’ll play their first Philly show.
Meanwhile, Ghost Gum includes members of indie punk band Glocca Morra. With so many creative minds within each of the projects, any devout listener of the bands can easily pick out the Catnaps/Address/Glocca Morra influences.
Ghost Gum’s bandcamp, currently filled with four demos, features distinctive Glocca guitar slides and punky riffs while keeping Haynes’ twinkling, indiepop sound. Tender Vision currently has two songs on their bandcamp: “Just Kill Me,” an original released just this January, and an experimental, spacey cover of the Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” which according to the band’s Facebook page, will be available for free download for just one week.
Hang out with these Philly-famous punkers tonight. The 21+ show will start at 8 p.m. and costs $7 at the door.