Tonight, it’s time for another Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! Tune in starting at 10pm for a jam-packed mix of brand new music a some old favorites. Since we’ll be taking next week off to bring you the broadcast from our festival, there’s an extra amount of new music to try and fit in to tonight two-hour show. We’ll spotlight the debut album from the mysterious UK funk band Jungle, and hear a few of these fresh tracks:
Electro-pop outfit and visual stimulators Teen Men released a new music video for the track “The Sea, The Sea” and, not surprisingly, it’s wonderfully bizarre and trippy as hell.
The video – directed by Sylvio Bernardi - dances between color and black and white, animate and inanimate, with a balding figurine riding the waves of the drudgery of life before escaping to his dreams, eventually being pulled away by a live person in a guerrilla costume (credited as Herbert Herpels). If this makes absolutely no sense, that’s probably the point. Visual art has a funny way of making sense of things that words simply cannot. This is one of those instances.
Teen Men – comprised of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson of The Spinto Band, and joined by visual artists Catharine Maloney and Albert Birney – play Boot & Saddle this Friday, Aprill 11 with Work Drugs. The show kicks off their spring tour. Get tickets and info for the 21+ show here. Watch the video below, and download the entire EP for free on the Teen Men Bandcamp page.
With 20 years in the industry under his belt, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson released his eighth album Last of the Great Pretenders last summer via Vanguard Records. After scoring a platinum hit with 2007′s succulent pop ballad “Come On Get Higher” (and playing the XPoNential Music Festival in 2008), Nathanson’s fanbase expanded greatly. Tonight, the Massachusetts native takes to the World Cafe Live stage for a show benefiting WXPN’s Musicians On Call initiative that brings musicians to the bedsides of hospital patients. Watch “Kinks Shirt” below and get tickets here.
Delaware multimedia pop outfit Teen Men trace the adventures of a man caught up in a self-help program on their new “René” music video, which showed up today on the band’s YouTube channel. The gauzey synthpop song bounces positively along while our central couch potato character chops wood, runs steep hills and bikes blindfolded at the urging of a bearded and maniacal guru wielding a staff.
The four-piece – which features Nick Krill and Joe Hobson of The Spinto Band – is taking its impressive live show out on the road and hitting up Boot and Saddle twice this winter and spring. It plays there next Thursday, February 20th, with Heyward Howkins and White Birds. Then it kicks off a week-long spring tour there with Work Drugs on April 11th. Tickets and information on both shows can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
“We wanted to make music without consequences,” says Nick Krill, Teen Men guitarist, over pizza in his hometown of Wilmington. “Something fun, where it doesn’t matter if it fails.”
He grins. Krill is most known for his work with Delaware indie pop stalwarts The Spinto Band, where he contributes lead vocals and guitar. But right now, he’s focused on another project, Teen Men, a looser, zanier side project whose first single, “Hiding Records (So Dangerous),” was released earlier this year.
Teen Men seeks to explore the relationship between music and video, and is equally focused on both. The band’s line-up consists of two musicians—Krill and Spinto guitarist Joe Hobson—and two visual artists, photographer Catherine Maloney, and local filmmaker Albert Birney (who’s worked with Dr. Dog and Ra Ra Riot, among others).
The project first came together in Fall 2011—“I had just finished recording with The Spintos and was exhausted, and Albert had finished a long project as well,” says Krill. He sent out an email to friends and fellow musicians, inviting them to come over for a casual jam, and “Joe and Albert showed up.” Together, they struck on this idea to create music and videos at the same time and “see what happens when one influences the other.”
“We did three songs—then nothing for a year,” says Birney, explaining that everyone was tied up with other projects. Fast-forward to this spring, when they all found themselves in a similar situation to 2011: drained, but eager to work on something fun.
The name Teen Men was inspired by a vintage ad in Playboy magazine—“we were hanging out at the studio, where there’s this huge shelf full of books and magazines, and there happened to be a few vintage Playboys from the late ‘60s,” explains Birney. “We were flipping through them—for lyrical ideas,” he says with a wink “And there was this one particular ad, I think it was for sweaters or something. And it said on it, ‘The new fall line. For boys, men, and teen men.’ And we just all cracked up.”
Yet something in the name struck a chord. “When you’re a teen man, you’re in a constant state of self-discovery,” says Birney. “And you can apply this idea of finding yourself and growing to your whole life.”
Krill agrees. “The attitude of the teen man just seems to match the whole attitude of this band,” he says. “It’s about just having fun and thinking you’re never gonna die.” Continue reading →
Members of the Spinto Band are taking a new spin on their psychedelic pop sound in a new project called Teen Men. Consisting of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson, the Teen Men duo collaborated with visual artists Catharine Maloney (photographer) and Albert Birney (filmmaker) to create a trippy video for their debut single “Hiding Records” which is a teaser to their forthcoming EP. Although the video is supposed to resemble a midnight dance party at Peewee’s Playhouse, the flashing images give off more of an Across The Universe vibe with a happier demeanor. Check out the video below to see how you feel after. Mark your calendars for Dec. 14th to see Teen Men perform at Johnny Brenda’s with Work Drugs. All show details can be found here.
Longtime local favorite Joey Sweeney will celebrate Long Hair, his new album which comes out October 29th, at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Sweeney has conquered the worlds of music and journalism having fronted many bands (including The Trouble with Sweeney) and written for Philadelphia Weekly and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His latest pop-rock effort is an album that surely compliments his track record in the industry. Check out Sweeney and his band’s first live show, which was recorded for our Key Studio Sessions, here and watch a trailer for the album below. Tickets are available here.