Man Like Machine
JR WOLF, American Dinosaur, Moon Days
951 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Man Like Machine
Alongside the devil-may-care apathetic mentality that permeated the ethos of '90s grunge bands, Philadelphia trio Man Like Machine introduces the glam elements of electro-clash and goth. Loud, dramatic and angsty with lots of snyth, the band completes its homage to an era past (and present) with skinny black jeans and mussed-up hair. The songs are catchy, compelling and unsettling. The darkness that seeped out of... bands like the Cure and Duran Duran is eminently at home with Man Like Machine. And like both bands, Man Like Machine can twist anything into a good, solid pop tune. (Katherine Silkaitis of Philly Weekly)
Full Length Self-Titled Debut Album Due This Fall.
Introducing: AlternaFolk JamRock.
The return of the concept album.
JR WOLF music is designed to be straight-forward, honest and simple, yet there is something enticingly complex about this debut effort when viewed from a wholistic level. The album's tracks guide you through an intricately designed journey as notions of genre blur into the periphery.
The group starts out sounding like a rowdy electric American blues rock band and by the fourth song, cellos are the focal point. Later, there is a powerful and eerie instrumental waltz which showcases a scorching finger tapping metal style guitar performance. The song starts with a slow crescendo of squealing feedback layered over bagpipes and builds to a flurried attack of notes. Just at its most intense point, the sound drops out. Thunder claps and the album rolls into the next track, a heartbreaking ballad which highlights a soft gospel organ paired with an emotionally charged pedal steel guitar.
Jason Wolfe, JR WOLF's songwriter and front man, plays seven different instruments for the last song on the album. "This one always wanted a rootsy, organic kind of feel. Light and happy and like it could happen naturally; a bunch of friends gathered in a circle playing music...that's the feel of the whole album, really. It's all songs that we can actually perform at a live show, not an overproduced studio effort", he says.
Martin Chaudhry, the group's virtuoso guitarist, was introduced by Jason's cousin when Wolfe was looking for a bassist in the fall of 2008. Chaudhry did not have any experience with the instrument, but picked it up in his enthusiasm to join the band. His talent on lead guitar, however, forced a strong reconsideration of any other role. It was not too long before Chaudhry assumed his current position. For a while they played mostly for fun, developing Martin's parts for songs in Wolfe's personal catalog. In the summer months of 2010 the pair began to perform publicly as JR WOLF , recruiting friends for help performing full shows.
Recording the first JR WOLF album began in earnest in early 2012. It was produced over the course of the next year. Mastering was completed by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Some material has been leaked online and the response has been explosive. Since March of 2014, the band has made regular appearances in reverbnation.com's top 100 indie bands in the world.
...they have a lot of good things on this EP musically (especially the lead guitar) that will get me to listen to the other songs that will be on their upcoming full-length album. -Jeff Cavanaugh, sarabozich.com
JR WOLF is now touring Pennsylvania to raise awareness for the upcoming full length release. 2014 has been an exciting year, with shows ranging from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in 30+ venues. Highlights have included opening for country sensation Frankie Ballard at the historic Chameleon Club in Lancaster and playing to a crowd of thousands at a Harrisburg Senators baseball game.
Formed in 2014, American Dinosaur is an original 4 piece rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band consists of Bryant (Vocals/Bass), Johnny C. (Guitar), John W. (Guitar), and Lukas (Drums).
moon days is an indie rock band from the Philadelphia area. Founded by childhood friends Eric Bauberger, John Mosley, and Jake Fuscia, the band strives to combine retro (and even classical) influences with more modern sensibilities, producing songs that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and fans of all genres. The band takes pride in the fact that the music can not be tied down to one genre, being described alternatively as indie rock, pop, folk, and even psychedelic.