The Bigness, Travis J and The Rhinestones, We the Fierce
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
CLOAKZ is the brainchild of Zachary Ciancaglini. The multi-instrumentalist relocated to Philadelphia in the fall of 2014 and quickly started to construct his first batch of songs. The freshmen EP "Semi-Autographic" is a quick testament to Ciancaglini's garage/pop/rock nature.
Born and raised in South Jersey, Zac was never far from Philly’s reach. He played in and out of a few Philadelphia bands up until the fall of 2008 when he and longtime band mate Sean Gavigan moved to Brooklyn in search for gold. It is there that they would form and mold Raccoon Fighter; a garage rock band described as “Tough, confident, and a little rough around the edges”- USA Today.
Over the next few years Ciancaglini would play musical chairs in Raccoon Fighter, helping him gain the confidence to start writing and recording his own songs. This lead to a demo album recorded solely on his iPhone titled “My Machine”, released under the alias Quotes at the end of 2011. These demos showed promising potential of a songwriter diving into the depths of 90’s rock while sticking true to his gritty, garage core.
“My Machine” would also attract the ear of recording engineer/producer Alex Lipsen (Phosphorescent, Nada Surf). The two met while Zac was working at Alex’s recording studio, the indie renowned Headgear Recording in Brooklyn up until it’s closure in 2012. Finally in 2015 the two linked back up to do 5 songs in Alex’s Greenpoint studio, Russell Street Recording. The result was the “Semi-Autographic EP”. Traveling from his Philly Fishtown apartment to Brooklyn on the weekends, the EP was constructed mainly by Zac and Alex with the help of Tom Unish on the bass.
South Jersey native gone Brooklyn/Philly transplant Zac still frequents NYC with Raccoon Fighter. But CLOAKZ is Ciancaglini's first real attempt at stepping away from behind the drums and exposing himself as a songwriter. Drawing influences from 90s outfits like Built To Spill, MBV, Spiritualized, blended with more modern acts like Ty Segall and The War on Drugs, Ciancaglini has a sound that is familiar yet refreshingly new. Loud & fuzzed out guitars
forged with tasteful rhythmic grooves, topped with layers of noise and sprinkled with raw vocals, your CLOAKZ ice-
cream cone is everything you’d want on a hot summer
The Bigness draws its inspiration from the greats, such as Patti Smith, Neil Young and many others, and has been compared to a modern-day, leading-edge version of Fleetwood Mac. Lead singer Kristin Bigness delivers a soaring yet sultry vocal on a bed of screaming guitars and pick-driven bass plucking, all woven around captivating rock drums. Influences are diverse if not legendary, including Jenny Lewis, Land of Talk, Pavement, Big Star, and Tom Waits.
Travis J and The Rhinestones
Travis J and the Rhinestones formed when a rich land baron from Butte, Montana bet a lowly peasant that you couldn't mix a jackass with a banjo. Once the peasant proved it possible he took the $47 and moved to South Philly. Armed with a wad of cash and a jackass banjo he formed Travis J and the Rhinestones, and the rest is mystery.
We the Fierce
We The Fierce was an inevitability. Guitarist, Jay Langston and drummer, Dixie Duncan have already written, recorded and toured extensively together in the successful, nationally touring band, Echovalve (Rockridge Records, Warped Tour)
Both Langston (Echovalve, Langston & Co.) and Duncan (Echovalve, Eye Empire, Dixie Duncan, The Dreaded Marco, The Dixie Duncan Band) have been writing, recording and playing behind their respective solo projects. Langston & Co has been building steam in Chicago, while Dixie has been touring the U.S. religiously.
We The Fierce is raw, yet polished, both aggressive and delicate. As a two-piece rock band, what appears to be a limitation is actually a strength. The music is tight, fluff free and honest. Both Langston and Duncan are seasoned performers, offering a stimulating visual show to support a sound that seems much bigger than just 2 people. Jay Langston weaves groovy riffs underneath simple, catchy vocal melodies while Dixie Duncan drives the duo with dynamic percussion and spot-on harmonies. Rock and roll is not dead. It is alive and well, and We The Fierce embodies the spirit of rock and roll fully.
We The Fierce is here.