The Bright Light Social Hour
Black Taxi, The Real Feel, +Church+
2639 Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
This event is 21 and over
The Bright Light Social Hour
The Bright Light Social Hour is an American rock band from Austin, Texas. Born out of a university art-rock collective, The Bright Light Social Hour has evolved into an unabashedly wide-screen rock group, melding fists-up rock and roll with muscular funk, soul, and psychedelia. The band recently swept the 29th Annual Austin Music Awards during SXSW 2011 with an unprecedented 6 wins, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year ("Detroit").
The Central Texas-raised young men of The Bright Light Social Hour have built their growing reputation through exhilarating widely-acclaimed live shows, including the 2009 Austin City Limits Festival. In culmination of their studied development, the band released their debut full-length album in late 2010, simply titled "The Bright Light Social Hour". Recorded in five studios around Austin during summer 2010, the album is founded on sun-drenched optimism, raucous youth, and an innovative brew of American music of varying types - hard rock and roll, indie, rhythm and blues, dance and soul. Producer Danny Reisch of Good Danny's utilized the best elements of vintage and modern recording to achieve a sound both forward-looking and evocative of 1970s hi-fi.
The first track, "Shanty," pairs southern rock with hard disco, featuring the searing slide licks of guitarist Curtis Roush. Following the lean, exuberant stomp of "Bare Hands Bare Feet," the band settles into the dark psychedelic-funk of "La Piedra De La Iguana," led by keyboardist A.J. Vincent's dusky vocal and Farfisa organ work. Throughout the middle of the record, the solemn rhythm and blues of "Detroit" is juxtaposed with "Back And Forth," a four-on-the-floor disco-funk romp. On "Garden Of The Gods," the album's penultimate 10-minute epic, the band evolves from stately ballroom Americana to an expansive, ensemble anthem, conjuring up their limber and unrelenting live sets. The fiery "Rhubarb Jam" closes out the record, featuring the agile, booming funk of bassist Jack O'Brien and drummer Joseph Mirasole.
The Bright Light Social Hour have also just released "New Year's Live," a 4-track live EP recorded during their sold-out set at The Parish Austin on New Year's 2011. Re-teaming with producer/engineer Danny Reisch, "New Year's Live" marks the first audio recording to capture the band's raw live energy, consummated with masterfully directed live video by Hussain Pirani.
The Bright Light Social Hour will be touring nationwide in support of their debut album and live EP throughout 2011. Replete with their vital sound, deep brotherhood, and ever-growing facial hair, the band is steadfast in their singular aim - enduring rock and roll.
BLACK TAXI is one of NYC's most prominent live acts, smashing an anything-goes punk ethos together with pop sensibilities, unparalleled energy, and brilliant songwriting. The result is a raucous stage show, heavy on harmonies, spitfire guitar licks, body paint, and all manner of instrumentation. Their style has been described varyingly as "grit-pop" or "dance punk", and though their songs hint at the Talking Heads, Cake, and Daft Punk, they are driven by something entirely new and infectious. BLACK TAXI songs can be heard on radio stations from Maine to California, accompany hit TV shows, provide the soundtrack for film, and hit the airwaves on commercial airlines. Their most recent music video "Shoeshine" has found a success of it's own as an Official Nominee for the Webby Awards.
The Real Feel
Hailing from the City of Brotherly Love, The Real Feel is the next dynamic beast from the East, assembling an impressive lineup of four lifelong musicians and friends to generate an amazing sound which resonates from coast to coast. While dominating their local performance markets in Philadelphia and New York, the band quickly released their debut record in February 2010, Feel This…, which rapidly furthered the stir amongst fans around the area by establishing their prowess with effectively fusing rock, funk, soul, and reggae.
Comprised of a core of high school or college friends and long term musical fanatics, The Real Feel has soared by leaps and bounds since their inception in January 2009. Lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player Jared Loss brings his considerable touring experience with previous projects to the table, and also runs his own lesson and recording studio outside Philadelphia. Lead guitarist Will Maher and bassist Eddie Boate have performed with Loss since high school, adding to the group's gelled chemistry, along with their trademark electrifying solos and grooving bass lines. Rounding out The Real Feel lineup is Tom Cladek, who provides a concrete solid thumping rhythm on the drums, which solidifies him as the crucial heartbeat of the group.
In their local scene, known as one of the more widespread and enthusiastic music markets in the Northeast, The Real Feel is spreading like wildfire across Philadelphia while racking up numerous performances at popular venues around the city. The Kimmel Center, World Café Live, Penn's Landing, The Trocadero Theatre, and Love Park are just a few spots this four piece funky rock fusion unit has hit, as well as venues throughout New York City and New Jersey.
Their tireless work ethic continues to prevail, as The Real Feel is consistently writing new material while preparing for recording and releasing a new album in the coming year. New bookings are also underway, with the band scheduling upcoming shows scattered throughout the Northeast. There's always something fresh and exciting on the horizon, as this is one band sure to keep fans hungry for more while delivering consecutive bursts of inspired, funky rock.
Visit The Real Feel's official website, MySpace, or Facebook for further information and streaming audio, as well as photos and merchandise. Feel This… is available through digital outlets such as iTunes now, with free samples on the group's website.
+Church+ is a Philadelphia based grunge/folk band started by Evan James Wall in 2006. As its main, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, the early days of +Church+ were nothing more than a personal escape from the world . Playing on a donated broken guitar in the bathroom of a one bedroom apartment on the edge of West Philadelphia, the project was an antidote to the everyday life of a construction laborer. Never writi...ng any songs out of purpose until a friend of his had come to a hostile point in their life. A victim of a reoccurring rape situation, the friend told the secrets to him one night. Evan went home and wrote the first +Church+ song as a gift for them and called it “Unstable”.
Throughout the next two years while playing drums for Mose Giganticus (relapse records) Bloody Wall of Gore, and JD Thompson(under producer Lou Adler) ten more songs were written addressing similar situations we are sometimes forced to encounter in life. Encompassing the first +Church+ Full Length "I Did A Horrible Thing To Meet You".
After the record was finished, Wall went through several versions of a live band trying to achieve a sound close to the record that he had just created. But after months, and several member changes he decided to try a different approach. He had experience playing as a hired gun and knew that it wasn’t as rewarding as being a part of the creative process. So during the next 6 months Wall built the new +Church+ from scratch. First adding Robert Perry (guitar) and then his brother Johnny “vomit” Perry(Drums) shortly after. The trio played 10 or so shows in the fall of 2010 without a bass player until adding Cameron Brindle. A unique songwriter that Wall had known throughout highschool and in music circles within the scene. The 4 played several shows in the winter of 2010 meanwhile writing new material as well as incorporating some of Brindle’s and Perry’s own songs into the repertoire. The band however was still missing one final element to round out the growing sound. Wall called in a former band mate and long time friend John Brogan to replace him on the electric guitar, while Wall resumed his original position on acoustic guitar. Finally the new +Church+ had been created and the band is currently working on a new record entitled “Gospel” set for release in Fall of 2011.
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