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Plow United and Spraynard featured on Hope: a compilation for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

 

Spraynard | via spraynardband.tumblr.com
Spraynard | via spraynardband.tumblr.com

Lauren Mills describes herself as a “punk rocker, bleeding-heart, secular humanist with Cerebral Palsy.” She puts on benefit compilations to raise money for various charities. This month, she released Hope: a compilation for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an 80-track compilation featuring tracks from various punk, hardcore, and pop-punk bands. A few dozen of the tracks on the comp are previously unreleased. Philadelphia’s Spraynard and Plow United are both featured on this comp with their songs “Trembling” and “These Six Words,” respectively. Listen to the comp below, and consider making a purchase to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Bad Braids, Spraynard and more

Bad Braids
Bad Braids | Courtesy of the artist.

Folkadelphia shared a live session with Bad Braids this week. Megan Biscieglia is moving to other side of the country. soon so this kind of brings her time in Philadelphia full circle (she performed one of the earliest Folkadelphia sessions back in 2012). Check out Bad Braids’ first session here and listen to the new one below.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Spraynard

West Chester power trio Spraynard is having their second go as a band, and it sounds phenomenal. Regional punk scene vets Pat Graham (guitars / vocals) and Pat “Dos” Ware (drums / vocals) formed the band in the aughts and had a pair of cult fave LPs with 2010’s Cut and Paste and 2011’s Funtitled. Their cathartic, shout-along-at-the-top-of-your-lungs brand of introspective / extroverted punk made their shows feel like a community, and it teetered on the point where the band was beginning to look looking like it could be their full-time gig. But then some internal second-guessing and self-questioning put the breaks on that when they wrapped a three-month tour in 2012. (Graham opened up about that experience in this Q&A with Noisey last year.)

After a couple years in side-projects like NONA and Martin, the Pats decided to test the waters with a pair of reunion shows: one at Grand Slam USA in Malvern, for their superhometown crowd, and one in Philly in the basement of the First Unitarian Church. Both shows were a rousing success (check out our Megan Kelly’s photo-documentation of them) and with new bassist Jake Guralnik in tow, Spraynard set to work recording Mable, their excellent new record out on Jade Tree this month. Continue reading →

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Spraynard’s Mable may sound more mature, but it’s still a whole lot of fun

Mable | photo via jadetree.com
Mable | photo via jadetree.com

Do you remember where you were when Spraynard hung their hats in 2012? That was a sad day in the PA music scene. The trio was known for its unique brand of pop-punk that praised the quirks of suburban living rather than the “I-hate-this-town” bashing that other bands sung about. They took their bland surroundings of their home in West Chester and built something amazing.

Luckily, the breakup didn’t last long – Spraynard sold out reunion shows at Grand Slam USA in Malevern the First Unitarian Church, and the members decided they wanted to commit to the band again full-time. Continue reading →

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Spraynard release new single “Applebee’s Bar” off upcoming album Mable, gear up for summer tour

Spraynard | via spraynardband.tumblr.com
Spraynard | via spraynardband.tumblr.com

After a brief three-or-so year hiatus, West Chester pop-punk/emo act Spraynard is firing on all cylinders once more.

Drummer Patrick “Dos” Ware’s stint with NONA, as well as guitarist/vocalist Pat Graham’s projects Adult Braces and Martin, have come to an end for the foreseeable future. That means all three members are back full time, and they’re releasing their third album Mable on July 10 via Jade Tree. The album is now up for pre-order.

One thing Spraynard has perfected is never taking life too seriously. Not even their hiatus could change this attitude, as the new single proves. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball, Spraynard, Marietta, and more rock the Church for Strength in Weakness release show

Modern Baseball | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott
Modern Baseball | Photo by Emily Ivy Scott

Eric Osman said “one second” and ran to check if a box of candy left by concertgoers had anything left inside. Unfortunately, the founder of Lame-O Records was disappointed by the lack of chocolate, but stoked by just about everything else – including a huge crowd’s response to his label’s charity split. Continue reading →

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Spraynard’s Pat Graham on signing with with Jade Tree Records and writing more personal songs

 

Spraynard | via spraynardband.tumblr.com
Spraynard | via spraynardband.tumblr.com

West Chester punk trio Spraynard always find a way to keep us on the edge of our seats. Pat Graham, Mark Dickinson and Pat “Dos” Ware formed Spraynard back in 2008, but after members parted ways in late 2012 to spend time with other bands (like NONA, Adult Braces and Martin), many fans thought it was the end of the road for the group. But the trio returned in May to rock a swiftly sold-out show at the First Unitarian Church.

But the latest news came from Spraynard this week, an announcement of their signing to Jade Tree Records, with a LP release set for this spring/summer. Continue reading →

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Watch Hurry record a song for a Lame-O Records charity split

Hurry | Photo by Ally Newbold | allynewbold.com
Hurry | Photo by Ally Newbold | allynewbold.com

It’s always great when a handful of Philly bands come together to collaborate. But it’s even greater when this collaboration is fueled for a good cause.

The upcoming Strength in Weakness EP, due out on Lame-O Records, is the product of original tracks from six Philly bands: Spraynard, The Weaks, Modern Baseball, Marietta, Beach Slang and Hurry. Album proceeds will be donated to both the Philadelphia chapter of United Cerebral Palsy as well as the national branch. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new Modern Baseball song featured on Lame-O Records charity split

Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

In less than nine hours, the records of the Lame-O Records charity split, Strength In Weakness, completely sold out. All of the proceeds from the split benefit United Cerebral Palsy. As part of the release, Philly’s Modern Baseball released their latest tongue twister of a song, “Alpha Kappa Fall Of Troy The Movie Part Deux.” Continue reading →