Local pop punk outfit The Weaks have signed to Lame-O Records for the release of their debut EP The World Is a Terrible Place and I Hate Myself and Want to Die. Formed last year by ex-Dangerous Ponies bandmates Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo, The Weaks called in friends from a number of local projects to lend voices and instruments to the new record, which is now set for release on February 11th. Take a listen to lead single “Nietzsche Harvest Song” via Property of Zack here and check out another previously unreleased demo of a track called “Mascara” below. The band will play its EP release show at Golden Tea House in West Philly on February 7th; more information at the Guild Shows website.
Following the release of their fourth album Antiphon, Denton rock outfit Midlake is playing on the Johnny Brenda’s stage tonight. “Midlake does grand the way Pink Floyd did,” NPR Music’s Bob Boilen writes in a First Listen review Antiphon. After a daunting departure of singer Tim Smith back in August, the band rose to the challenge and found a truly resounding sound, thick with carefully orchestrated guitars and stimulating keys. Check out details for tonight’s show here. Get ready by watching their new video for titled track “Antiphon” below.
Ma Jolie also announced the release of their second album Polars on November 12th, as a follow up to their 2012 release …Compared to Giants. That album was characterized by melodic hooks and swift, raw guitar that resulted in some great nineties sounding punk rock. With their next release, look for Ma Jolie to step up their creativity and energy as they did on the first single “Kansas Slam,” which you can listen to via AbsolutePunk.
You can pre order the new album Polars via Lame-O Records here. Check out Ma Jolie live at South Philadelphia’s Cha-Cha’Razzi on November 8th, and find info here.
April 1st saw the release of a compilation of Philly bands so vast in musical talent, genre, and absolute immense length, it’s dizzying. The BIG Comp was released on Lame-O records. It includes Seventy five bands/seventy five songs, and musically has something for everyone. The compilation showcases some big names, while giving local Philly bands a chance to strut their stuff. In essence, The BIG Comp fulfills the promise of its name: BIG in spirit, BIG in length, but most importantly, BIG in the sense that every band on the compilation showcases a wide mix of musical styles. The BIG Comp is available through Bandcamp for five dollars or more. Below, sample some of the songs.
Last July, Sean Huber – the founder / guy who writes all the songs / public face of Steady Hands – gave us Not Many of Us Left, his debut folk-punk inspired EP. Since that day, Huber has given fans plenty of reasons to enjoy his music and dance like maniacs with his spirited lyrics, intimate and passionate solo acoustic performances, and full band performances replete with an overabundance of sweat and beer. In February of this year, Steady Hands released its newest EP, The Libertines, and while it maintains the same folk-punk musical style, it is a full step away with it’s driving drums, group vocals, and overall full sound. The Libertines is fun, deep, riddled with story telling, and something to put your arm around your friends shoulder and sing in each others faces’.
Some of you may know that Mr Huber is the drummer for Modern Baseball, who is – in not so delicate words – wrecking the Philadelphia music scene, as well as the up and coming indie / pop punk scene. If you still can’t put a name to a face, then go to a Steady Hands show. Sean’s an incredibly nice and warm guy, and puts on a hell of show. You can tell by the end of his performance that he loves the music he makes. Mostly by the sheer volume of sweat pouring off the dude. When I say The Libertines is a full step away from his previous release, it truly is a full step. What I mean to say, the sound has matured heavily. Which is to say, the sound was already matured. The songs on the new EP still have the story telling from the previous EP, but in terms of recording, musicianship, dynamics, everything has improved. Which, again, is to say everything mentioned was already gnarly on Not Many of Us Left. Immediately, the first track exemplifies the growth in Sean’s writing.
Starting with a powerful guitar intro, the EP consistently maintains its grip on your ears. Even the last track, which in terms of the rest of the EP is a bit slower, still delivers the overall full sound. While the first EP sounded heavily influenced by folk-punk bands such as Andrew Jackson Jihad and Defiance, Ohio, The Libertines evokes influence from Bomb the Music Industry! and The Menzingers, mainly because this release has much more electric guitar in it, and the last release was heavy on the acoustics. Both super awesome in their own respect.
Give the first release a listen, and then give Steady Hands’ newest release a listen and see how the sound has grown. The Libertines was released on Lame-O records (run by Eric Osman, who rules more than most things) and is available through the Facebook page, or can also be purchased through Steady Hands’ bandcamp. Below you can check out “Song For Rosemary” off of The Libertines. And on April 16th, you can take in the energy in person when Steady Hands plays The Barbary, opening for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Information on the all-ages show can be found here.