Nothing goes together quite as well as local music and local beer. From Pissed Jeans and Tired Hands to The Menzingers and Neshaminy Creek, and even the not-so-local Wu Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck and West Philly’s Dock Street, we’ve seen a string of regional acts and/or beer makers collab on some pretty tasty projects recently.
Teaming up with Central PA’s Highway Manor Brewing Co, the latest local band to get their own signature brew is Prowler. The self-described “spaced-out basement boogiers” will be releasing bottles of Funky Prowler (a dry Irish sour stout) and a new EP called Hand Disease on October 8th at Ortlieb’s, and to gear up for the ultra-local party they’ve shared a video of EP cut “The Laughing Song.”
If math and memory serves, postmodern funk punks Prowler are the first Philadelphia band to visit WXPN on three separate occasions over the years to record a studio session with me. Of course, in their trademark mix of cockiness and self-depreciation, they shrug that off. When I recently showed the band its original signature on our studio wall, guitarist Ryan Kerrigan looked at the tags of his local peers surrounding it and concluded that many artists making the scene in 2008 have since broken up. Prowler, on the other hand, kept on keeping on.
In 2008, pork pie hats and LCD Soundsystem were all the range, and the band brought us a fierce, crisp and disco-fied set from its En Garde! EP. They hung multicolored lights from the rafters in our production studio and rocked a party for myself and my co-host Jake Rabid. Flash forward several years and the terra firma had shifted – indie rock was becoming scuzzier, less shiny. Their Wooly Mammoth EP reflected this change, and a session in our large performance space (also disco ball’d up) had teeth (tusks?) in a way that its predecessor did not.
Along the way, the band shared the stage with V.V. Brown and Janelle Monae, collab’d with Reef the Lost Cauze and Plastic Little, and dished a steady string of singles and EPs, its preferred medium. The latest one, a cassette release called Trash Bag, finds Prowler at its most unguarded and experimental. Continue reading →
Philly funk band Prowler are back with a trippy video for their song “Blood Boil”, their newest single. Three years ago, the quartet did a Key Studios Session. The band is known to make off-kilter, darkly humorous videos, starting with “100 Rounds”, “Skinny Bones” and “Hot Led”. A few months ago, they released the aptly titled “Creepy Crickets”.
Their newest video has a similar sound, a darker, more metallic edge of “Creepy Crickets” but its creepiness comes in an animated variety, courtesy of Daniel McCartney. In between seeing a lion getting beat up, the yeti getting smashed and a gorilla, the band members heads roll around in boiling blood. The video ends with a classic shot of a melting painting, reminiscent of Dali. In addition to the new song and video, the band released a short, slightly eerie ad with Jump Magazine and Red Bull Sound Select about their upcoming show. Watch “Blood Boil” below. Catch Prowler with Spunk and Mumblr Saturday July 19th at Undergound Arts.
Punk / funk / disco band Prowler have channeled their inner demons in their new video for the track “Creepy Crickets.” An “ode to the dark forces,” the video features the band done up zombie-like in a dark, smoke-filled cellar, playing thrashing guitar riffs with incredible power. The song itself has a heavier, metal vibe compared to the band’s more playful early work. Lead singer Keith Greiman oozes around the room in a way that is, really, just creepy. Check out the full video, directed by Lord Humungus, below.
Now in its third year, Before the Bridge Festival returns to Collingswood, NJ on Saturday, October 13th for a day full of free music, local food and of course fun. The festival promotes the local music scene in and around Collingswood, NJ – a.k.a. the towns you pass through before crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia. This year’s line-up has reached a record number of performers and includes local musicans JJL (Jay Laughlin’s new project), Sweatheart, Goodnight Lights, Prowler, Heyward Howkins, Belgrade, Monko and She Hates Me. Out-of-town acts include Gunfight! and headliners Illinois. The festival will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. between Haddon Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue. The event is free; go here for more information. Below, watch Heyward Howkins perform “The Hale & the Harty” outdoors in South Jersey and grab a free download of a song from Illinois’ new album Lemonade Stand after the jump.
Sure, it’s a bummer that both nights of Sigur Ros are sold out. But are you gonna go cry about it? No. You’re gonna rock, because it’s Sunday and that’s what it’s all about.
First off, you can fill that Icelandic gap with some Japanese pop-rock goodness from girl group legends Shonen Knife, playing with Chicago rockers White Mystery at the Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks in Bethlehem, PA. Through years of performing and several changes in line-up, the group has maintained and perfected a poppy DIY aesthete that is at once shiny and grungy. If ever there was pop-punk worth listening to, this is it. The show starts at 9 and tickets are available at the door. Below, watch the video for “Pop Tune,” the title track from Shonen Knife’s latest album.
Or if you’re not so hype on the rock tunes, try Louisiana art-folk outfit Givers. They’re playing Union Transfer with Jersey electro post-rock group Delicate Steve, who just released Positive Force, their sophomore album. The show starts at 8:30, with tickets available for $15 here. Below, watch Givers perform their song “Atlantic” from their new album In Light.
Singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston will play a show tonight at World Cafe Live. He’ll bring out the chill acoustic tunes to whisk you away. The show starts at 8pm, and tickets are available for $16 presale here. Below, watch the video for Johnston’s 1994 song, “Bad Reputation.”
Finally, if all you’re looking for is a really good time, look no further than MilkBoy Philly where Cincinnati’s resident nice guys Pomegranates will bring out their feel-good indie art rock sounds for real. And it’s going to be great. They’re touring on the heels of their latest release, Heaven, and will take the stage along with fellow indie rockers Kitten and locals Prowler. Tickets to the 21+ show are available for $10 here; show starts at 8pm. Below, stream “Pass Away,” from Pomegranates’ new album Heaven.
Prowler has released a new song called “Leap Year,” which you can download below. In case you missed it, last week the band released a free two-song digital cover song EP featuring versions of “Need You Tonight” by INXS and “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by Iggy and The Stooges; you can also download those songs below.
Photo by Eric Schuman
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