This Saturday Into It. Over It. brought its highly anticipated headlining tour to Union Transfer. The quite literally stacked roster featured bands throughout many genres. First to hit the stage was Hurry, an alternative pop band featuring Matt Scottoline of Everyone, Everywhere. Hurry creates a very unique sound by mixing pop vocals with fuzzy punk riffs. Scottoline didn’t just bring a killer opening performance but also all the laughs, including throwing tee shirts that read “I saw Hurry open for a band I like” into the audience.
Philly punk staples Glocca Morra preformed next. Glocca Morra fast paced puck completely transformed on the large stage of the Union Transfer. They brought tons of energy to the show and got the audience moving around.
Completely switching gears, indie pop band Great Big Pile of Leaves brought a set of sing-along lyrics and bouncy melodies. Conceptual emo band The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die followed, playing the most original set I have seen in a long time. With seven members (including spoken word performers), they brought a huge amount of depth, and showed what a punk show can be. TWIABP’s performance really transported that audience to another place, and was definitely a highlight of the evening.
Last up was emo revival poster child Evan Weiss with Into It. Over It. The band is currently on tour promoting their acclaimed new album Intersections. Weiss always puts on a good show and tonight was no exception. There was an awesome energy level surrounding this (semi) hometown show for the Jersey-born Weiss.
The set was perfectly balanced with old and new material, and Into It. Over It. had fans sing dance and crowd surfing. One fan even did a front flip into the crowd – one of the most bad ass displays of stage diving I had seen in a while. It was definitely an excellent night for emo. Check out a full gallery of pictures below.
Flannel shirts and ripped jeans are making a comeback tonight at Boot & Saddle’s 90s tribute with Philly folk artists Ali Wadsworth, Hezekiah Jones and Foxhound. Wadsworth, who released her soulful, twangy 10-piece self-debuted album in October, will tap into her inner-90s child to perform her renditions off of Pearl Jam’s Ten. Jones, who’s self-described as sounding like “post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens” will put his folky spin on Lemonhead’s It’s a Shame About Ray, while Foxhound will transition their usual Americana-folk sound into songs from Nirvana’s Unplugged, two days after Kurt Cobain’s birthday. Tonight’s homage starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here; check out some vintage recordings of each of these artists performing locally in the 90s below.
UK retro-rockers Yuck kicked off their winter tour at a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday night with a fuzzy set of songs from their 2013 outing Glow and Behold as well as their 2011 self-titled debut. While founding member Daniel Blumberg left the group during the making of Glow, new guitarist Ed Hayes meshed well into the four-piece, bouncing around the stage with high energy as the crowd bopped around delightfully to their Sonic Youth via Dinosaur Jr. tones.
The opening acts mixed well into the set; excellent Toronto five-piece Alvvays nearly with a set offering a shoegaze / dreampop flipside to Yuck’s propulsive fuzz-rock approach. Splitting the difference in the first opening slot was Philly’s Hurry, whose short set mixed both dreamy melodies and punk energy – plus a snappy cover of Guided by Voices’ “Teenage FBI.”
Boot and Saddle welcomes local bands Hurry, Dreambook, and Mock Suns to its stage tonight. Hurry just released a new single “Oh Whitney”, which you can stream below, from their upcoming LP Everything/Nothing. The band is the solo product of Matt Scottoline of emo four-piece Everyone Everywhere. Dreambook released Only Shadows last year which features their signature distorted guitar sounds and layered drum beats. Psych-pop headliners Mock Suns released their debut album Here Nor There back in 2012. All three acts are lo-fi dream pop-oriented with a splash of something unique. Get tickets here and check out tracks from the bands below.
Inspired by the feedback-laden pop of bands like Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub and Yo La Tengo, Everyone Everywhere‘s Matt Scottoline fronts Hurry,a project including a handful of Philly DIY scene luminaries (Univox, Dogs on Acid, Psychic Teens, EE). The band has released a string of EPs on Bandcamp, recorded a Key Studio Session in 2012, and releases its debut LP Everything/Nothing this year. ”Oh Whitney,” the first single from the effort, has a Fountains of Wayne suburban feel in the lyrics and pacing, though the guitar solos are clearly J Mascis-inspired. Hurry opens for Yuck at Johnny Brenda’s on January 14th; tickets and information can be found here. Stream “Oh Whitney” below and pick up limited edition single tapes at the show.
Philly’s sixties-esque psych rock band Mock Suns will be headlining Boot & Saddle on January 10th with supporting bands Hurry and Dreambook. Two extremely fuzzy bands opening for even incredibly spaced out one; this show is sure to be entertaining. Mock Suns’ 2012 release Here Nor There puts strange mechanical effects alongside edgy and loud riffs. Listen to the album below via Bandcamp. The band also recently announced that their second full length album has been mixed, so keep an eye out for a release date. Get your $10 tickets to the 9 p.m. show here.
A big bomb dropped this morning for fans of loud amplifiers, effects pedals and that hypnotic musical genre known as shoegaze. Kevin Shields, singer and guitarist for My Bloody Valentine, told long-standing UK music news source NME that his band will release a new album by year’s end. The as-yet-untitled work would be available through Shields’ website, and would be followed up by an EP of even newer material.
This news is nothing short of staggering, considering that MBV’s last recorded work was the landmark record Loveless, released some 21 years ago back in November of 1991. Its blend of dissonance and agression with beauty and tranquility had no major parallels at the time, but went on to influence countless artists in the subsequent decades. You could hear the echo of Loveless in 90s acts like The Verve and Mazzy Star as well as 21st century rock demagogues Radiohead, all the way down to smaller-profile artists like Japancakes (who covered the album in its entirety in 2007), Black Angels and currently buzzing Baltimore outfit Secret Mountains.
So the question is – what is the band’s first album in 21 years going to sound like, anyway? Shields told NME that the engineers and musicians who have heard the record, which has been in the works since sometime the 90s, find it to be more far-out than Loveless. He doesn’t agree, however.
So does that mean it will merely be Loveless II? One would think that a band wouldn’t release its first album in 21 years unless it had something new to say / do, right? Even a bad My Bloody Valentine record would rule pretty hard…but what if the unthinkable happens and it is bad? Could it tarnish the legacy of Loveless? Are you excited or afraid to listen?
Ponder these questions, and let us know what you think in the comments below. And while you do that, check out an assortment of artists from our own local music community here in Philly that, one way or another, have drawn influence from My Bloody Valentine. Continue reading →