Tom Hamilton’s American Babies return to Ardmore Music Hall tonight to support their new album An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark. Opening the show will be Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Tom McKee of Brothers Past and The 9’s. More information can be found here. Continue reading →
It has been a very long winter, and longer still, I imagine, for Philadelphia four-piece Mock Suns, whose practice space in Fishtown is basically a cement box with no heat. The band tells me it doesn’t bother them too much though—“we have a space heater and once we start playing it gets really hot,” they explain.
Nevertheless, they’re excited for spring because it signals the release of their new record, Stay True (out March 8), and their corresponding release show March 19 at Johnny Brenda’s. Plus, there’s something about Mock Suns’ breezy brand of pop that seems made for warmer weather: the sun streaming through your window, plants and flowers beginning to bloom—as if the name “Mock Suns” was chosen deliberately to signify these Vitamin D-esque effects. (In truth, it was selected somewhat randomly).
Stay True’s breezy weekend feel however, is intentional, and may well be the vehicle that launches the band to (at least local) acclaim. Since 2012, Mock Suns have released three records, but it’s with Stay True that they really hit their stride. Inspired by ‘90s culture and nostalgia, the record blends psych-pop with odd samples and a sense of mischief, for a record that feels fresh and on-trend (Ariel Pink comparisons are not far-off), but also a natural evolution of their sound. Continue reading →
Springtime is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Not having to wear a coat to venues. With a lot of great offerings as the spring concert season ramps up – including our Red Bull Sound Select Gig with Good Old War on March 17th, and Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Hall on March 24th – Here are The Key’s six can’t-miss Philly shows for March, in chronological order. Continue reading →
On “Rooftop”, Mock Suns’ simple instrumentation creates a child-like aura around the music while still presenting psychedelic textures. With slick guitar solos and drifting bass lines, the band carries singer Greg Puglese’s honest and floating vocals while undercover of darkness. Continue reading →
There’s nothing more rock & roll then sneaking out of the house when you’re 12. But it’s slightly funnier when you’re a bit older.
Philadelphia indie rockers Mock Suns have released a music video for their single, “Nothing Good Comes About Being Out At This Hour”. The song, which will be on their new album Stay True, brings together the sweet pairing of melancholy piano chords and sunny guitars before bursting out into a old-school psychedelic expanse. Continue reading →
Philly indie-psych outfit Mock Suns have always had a healthy mix of art with their rock. Their 2012 debut Here Nor There was released in conjunction with paper masks hidden at various places around the city. The 2014 double EP Santander / All That I Knew was packaged with beautiful monochromatic photographs of the bandmates in various natural settings.
“The visuals have always been super important to us,” says frontman Greg Puglese. “Especially for me, coming from a visual arts background. I studied design in school, I’ve always been to making videos and all around doing it myself.”
The band’s newest song, “Friday Night,” comes with its own striking visual component. Continue reading →
Bourbon & Branch will host an evening of dark Americana exploration this Friday October, 10th. Curator Brandon Och has called in several local acts to indulge in his “foolish dream” of creating a “David Lynch meets Nina Simone meets William S. Burroughs meets Jim Jarmusch kind of party,” which is very topical as it turns out, with a new Twin Peaks series having been announced this week. Continue reading →
Local psych pop outfit Mock Suns have taken a moment to pay homage to the masters, covering David Bowie’s “Starman.” The track is accompanied by a montage of NASA images photoshopped to include the band members. Continue reading →
A Monday night show that doesn’t start until 9pm. Tough sell. But British alt-poppers Thumpers fared better than expected, bringing a decently sized – and very energetic – crowd out to Johnny Brenda’s on Monday night. Continue reading →