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Listen To It: mewithoutYou set it off at The Depot

mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

It’s funny, you know? They say “all circles end where they begin,” but sometimes you never really perceive life that way. I used to live in Central PA—not exactly a mecca for concerts. The first time I saw mewithoutYou was at a dive bar in York called The Depot, two or three years back. After that experience, I found myself road-tripping increasingly more and more often to Philadelphia or DC to see them. Living in Philly now, I can catch a mewithoutYou hometown show two or three times a year, but when I heard they were playing the Depot again, I knew I just had to be there again. So I grabbed The Key’s John Vettese and Rachel Del Sordo and we shipped out to York for the gig. Last night, I went full-circle. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at The Depot, Swans at Union Transfer

mewithoutYou
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Local art-rock outfit mewithoutYou play The Depot in York, PA tonight. The band is celebrating a signing to Run For Cover Records and the announcement of a new record, set for release this summer. A teaser video was posted on Instagram and Youtube last week when the announcement was made, featuring a clip of a track with a mid-tempo piano melody and haunting lyrics – definitely going to be deep stuff. Check it out below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 18+ show with Bells and Vinny Vegas here.

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They Do Not Exist, We Faithfully Insist: mewithoutYou & The Districts go incognito at the Church

mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

So that’s the end of my 2014 year in shows. Slammed into a bank of monitors, screaming at the top of my lungs, sweat-soaked, sobbing and experiencing more than a little bit of real pain from the crushing. But some band called mewithoutYou once told me that “the cure for pain is the pain itself,” and even a few bruises couldn’t keep me from having an absolute blast at the Church on Tuesday night. I didn’t even really know who was playing, just saw a couple of random bands called “Eight Legged Prawn,” with “Thy Foes Profanely Rage” on a cheap Church bill promised a decent night of entertainment. Continue reading →

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Home for the Holidays: mewithoutYou throw a winter warmer at Johnny Brenda’s

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

We’ve got a lot of good ways to be festive here in Philly, during the holiday season. Some people prefer Christmas Village or ice-skating at Penn’s Landing, but I humbug those in favor of something a little different. This year and last, I’ve been participating in a new tradition: grabbing a few dear friends and heading over to Johnny Brenda’s, to see local legends mewithoutYou play an annual, intimate holiday show. Continue reading →

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Hometown Heroes: mewithoutYou celebrate ten years of Foxes with fans The Troc

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

“I guess we didn’t really think it through, does that kinda make us like dinosaurs?” Aaron Weiss—just as charmingly awkward as ever—asked the audience late on Saturday night. Earlier in the evening, he and his longtime friends who make up mewithoutYou had taken the stage of the Trocadero to the swelling orchestral theme from Jurrasic Park, to celebrate their breakout album Catch for Us the Foxes turning 10 years old. Whether you see Catch as a fossil from mewithoutYou’s early days or the cornerstone of their career-writ-large, Saturday’s sold-out, hometown show was undeniably one for the history books. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at the Trocadero, Black Milk at Johnny Brenda’s, Phantogram at Union Transfer, and more!

mewithoutYou | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
mewithoutYou | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Upper Darby-based rock group mewithoutYou brings its Catch For Us the Foxes 10-year anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight. Their second full-length album came out in October of 2004 and cathartically explored the tension between heartache, faith and the complex emotions of youth. The record contained fan faves like “In a Sweater Poorly Knit” and “January 1979″, the latter of which won mtvU’s “Left Field Award for Most Original Artist,” and the album peaked at number 20 on Billboard’s “Top Heatseekers.” Joining mwY tonight are Lawrence, Kansas post-rock group The Appleseed Cast and Philadelphia art-punk favorites Hop Along. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Locals mewithoutYou and LA’s Touche Amore bring the energy to Union Transfer

Touche Amore | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Touche Amore | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

This past Saturday night, Union Transfer hosted the Noisey co-headlining tour with local folk punk heroes mewithoutYou and LA-based hardcore punks Touche Amore. Both bands have a discography of respectable and well-crafted albums that received great acclaim, but the reason they go so well on tour together is their ability to simply go crazy and absolutely lose themselves in their music onstage. Met with a crowd that has the same agenda made for one of the best shows I have seen at Union Transfer.

Caravels| photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Caravels| photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Caravels opened up the night playing to an already full venue. The band’s sound is heavy, with raspy vocals and a unique mix of aggressive and laid-back instrumental parts. Vocalist Michael Roeslein shouted his lyrics with a noticeable sense of purpose and anger as he danced and moved around the stage, totally enveloped in the performance.

The band’s latest release is Lacuna, a full length album released on Topshelf Records that is worth a listen especially for fans of bands like La Dispute. Stream it on Bandcamp.

Seahaven threw themselves into their set as much as Caravels, but their tunes were much more chill and oriented around layered guitars. The lights were low and the mood was set for this band’s soft, ambient touch that was punctuated by an outpouring of emotion. Seahaven is releasing a full length album called Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only on March 25th via Run For Cover Records, order it here and stream a song off it here.

seahaven | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
seahaven | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Touche Amore crammed 22 songs into their 40-minute set, and their live show is ample evidence that they are one of the best punk bands around. They came out strong as hell, with an intro of “Praise / Love” into “Anyone / Anything,” a standout track off their most recent release Is Survived By.

After invigorating the crowd with this first song, Touche Amore delved into their 2011 album Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me, and from that point they bounced from album to album without skipping a beat between most songs. Their short, swift, songs blended together, and at most points the crowd was a mess of shouting, running, and crowdsurfing young adults.

Vocalist Jeremy Bolm took advantage of the audience’s energy, grabbing crowd surfers and handing them the mic, punching the air fanatically, and even doing a stage dive of his own. In addition to his on-stage antics, Bolm’s vocal performance was top-notch and is definitely something worth seeing live. Some of the best songs from their set were “Art Official,” “The Great Repetition,” and an especially powerful performance of “Non Fiction”.

mewithoutYou | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
mewithoutYou | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Local headliners mewithoutYou put on a well-rounded performance that covered music from all realms of their (more than) ten year career. From their debut LP A→B Life to their most recent release Ten Stories, mewithoutYou pleased the crowd with an amazing mix of folk, punk, and even hardcore tracks. At times the crowd was going as nuts as they were for Touche Amore, yelling and shouting at the top of their lungs while a few people even bawled their eyes out at select songs. With the frenzied states that these local artists brought were soft lullabies which entranced the crowd before throwing them right back into a mess of yelling and noise. Vocalist Aaron Weiss entangled himself in the microphone cord as he spun and jumped around on stage, when he wasn’t rocking out on the accordion or acoustic guitar.

mewithoutYou’s set was lengthy, and an added encore left the crowd more than satisfied with their peculiar hometown idols. Some of the best songs from their set were “Nice and Blue Pt. 2,” “Bullet to Binary,” and “Wolf Am I!”. Weiss ended the evening by acoustically performing “In A Sweater Poorly Knit,” a poetic number off Brother, Sister where he softly muffled the lines: “Brownish spider / brownish leaf / confirms my deepest held belief / no more spider / no more leaf / no more me / no more belief” before quietly waving and walking off stage.

Setlist via mewithoutYou
Setlist via mewithoutYou
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at Union Transfer, Bleeding Rainbow at Golden Tea House, Weathervane Benefit with So So Glos at Johnny Brenda’s and more

mewithoutYou | photo by Amie Stanavicca
mewithoutYou | photo by Amie Stanavicca

Upper Darby art-punk outfit mewithoutYou appears at Union Transfer tonight with post-hardcore group Touche Amore. mewithoutYou released their latest album, Ten Stories, in May of 2012. The 11-song album combines lead singer Aaron Weiss’ famously creative puns and plays on lyricism to construct a story plot as complicated as the guitar riffs and other instrumentation that make up the tunes. The songs tells the survival tales of a fox, elephant, bear and onion boy (hint: bonus track) – or more specifically, the circus animals and acts involved in a fictional train crash in 1878. Hear the band tell the creative story tonight. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $19 at the door.

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Following up sold-out JBs gig, mewithoutYou will headline Union Transfer with Touche Amore on 3/1

mewithoutYou | photo by Amie Stanavicca
mewithoutYou | photo by Amie Stanavicca

Local indie rock band mewithoutYou recently announced a co-headling tour with California punk group Touche Amore. The month long venture will bring the two headliners to Union Transfer on March 1st, supported by the loud Seahaven and Caravels.

mewithoutYou’s musical and lyrical skill is something special, with intense imagery and meaning hidden underneath their unconventional sounding style. Their most recent release Ten Stories tells a story of a circus train and the dramatic crash it encounters. Listen to the first song off that album, “February, 1878,” below. You can also check out two B-sides from that album for a name-your-price download here.

Touche Amore is also worth talking about, with their recent breakthrough release of Is Survived By on Deathwsh Inc. they continue to rise in skill and in worldwide popularity. Their true emo lyrics are similar to that of mewithoutYou’s, but instead of narrative stories, they focus on personal issues and resolution. After touring the US with AFI and headlining a trip to Europe, Touche Amore should continue to grow on this eclectic American tour.

If you can’t make it to see mewithoutYou at their intimate (and sold out) Johnny Brenda’s show this December 29th, make sure to get tickets to the Union Transfer gig with Touche Amore, Seahaven, and Caravels here.

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